1968 Porsche 911
Soft Window Targa
Configuration: Rear engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: 1,991 cc SOHC flat 6-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 130 bhp at 6,100 RPM
Transmission: 5-speed manual "Type 901" transaxle
A Little History
The Porsche 911, introduced at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show, was initially designated as the “Porsche 901,” after its internal project number. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911.
The 911 proved to be the most historically significant Porsche model of all, becoming the mainstay of Zuffenhausen production for more than 50 years, albeit constantly modified and uprated.
In 1967, Porsche added an open-topped variant to the 911 model range: the Targa, which commemorated the company’s successive wins at the Targa Florio, a famed Sicilian road race (and Italian for “plate”).
With a broadly similar layout to the 356, the 911 had a steel platform chassis with springing by torsion bars, MacPherson front struts and rear trailing arms, and a flat-6 air-cooled engine and five-speed transmission first seen on the 904.
For the 1967 Targa model, Porsche featured a stainless-steel-clad roll bar, removable roof panel and a detachable plastic rear window.
The 911 Targa on view here was attractively factory-finished in Sand Beige over a Beige Leatherette interior, and was fitted with the optional wood steering wheel, bumper horns, a mirror on the left hand sunvisor, oil gauge instrumentation, and a desirable Becker Europa radio with loudspeaker and antenna installed.
Did You Know?
In the 1999 international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth. It is one of two in the top five that had remained continuously in production (the original Beetle remained in production until 2003), and was until 1998 a successful surviving application of the air- (now water-) cooled opposed rear-engine layout pioneered by its ancestor, the Volkswagen Beetle.