1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa

The auction catalog calls the Weber carbs an update, but I call them wrong

After years of building its commercial and racing success around the 356 models, Porsche introduced the larger, more powerful, two-liter Porsche 911 model in 1965.
Maintaining the company’s success with rear-engine positioning, the all-new design provided an aerodynamic body over a revised chassis that housed a sophisticated suspension system, a more powerful flat-six engine, and a five-speed transmission. The combination was extremely powerful, making the new 911 faster and more stable at high speed than the 356 model.
Feeling excluded, many Porsche fans yearned for a more affordable alternative to the 911. Buyers did not have long to wait, as in 1966 Porsche introduced the affordable 912 model with virtually the same horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that was used in the 356 Super 90. Despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds versus the lighter 356 Super 90, the Porsche 912 achieved the identical top speed of 115 mph.
Production ran from 1965 through 1969, and 912 Porsches of quality have become increasingly collectible. Today, excellent examples are few and far between, as they proved popular with people who never anticipated their future value. Throughout production, only 8%, or about 2,562 cars, were equipped with a Targa top. Nearly extinct, there are only about 60 known examples.
The 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa offered here is in show-quality condition and was fully restored by a marque specialist a short time ago. In the process of the restoration, the vehicle was stripped to bare metal, repainted, color sanded, and buffed. Professional upholsterers updated the interior with new seats, new panels, and new carpeting, and restored the Targa top. A full mechanical service and vehicle detail were also performed. Notably, this example has also been upgraded to include dual Weber carburetors for better performance and driveability. An original California car, this 912 Targa is an exemplary model of a rare breed made even more rare by its exceptional condition.

Jim Schrager

Jim Schrager - SCM Contributor

Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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