1969 Porsche 911E Targa

Soft rear window Targas have become the darling of the early 911
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Porsche introduced the 911 Targa in mid-1966 to an enthusiastic audience anxious for an open 911. For the first model year in 1967, only the soft rear window was available. A year later, the glass rear window was introduced as a far more durable alternative. By 1969, virtually all Targas were glass rear window models, even though the soft rear window remained an option through 1971.
The fuel-injected 911E came to market in 1969, slotted between the touring-oriented 911T and the race-inspired 911S.
Offered here is a genuine 911E soft rear window Targa, understood to be one of only twelve soft rear window 911 cars built by the factory in 1969. A copy of the factory Kardex build sheet provides proof of the rare SRW option. This full, bare-metal, rotisserie restoration was aimed for the highly demanding standards of competitive Porsche judging.
The restoration was executed by marque specialists Series 900 Coachworks, who opted to make several cosmetic and mechanical changes to enhance the car’s overall appeal. The paintwork was changed from Burgundy Red to Tangerine Orange, the hydro-pneumatic front suspension was replaced with 911S struts, and the brakes were fitted with 911S aluminum calipers. Replacing the original 2.0-liter engine is a 2.2-liter 1971 911E powerplant, with correct mechanical fuel injection producing 160 hp, mated to the original 901 five-speed transmission.
Refinished Fuchs forged alloy wheels are fitted with new high performance tires, and a mint-condition owner’s manual, full factory tool kit, jack, and half tonneau cover are included. In our view this is one of the finest 911E models in existence.

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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