INTRODUCTION OF THE TARGA
The name Targa, which translates to badge or shield, was selected as a tribute to the Targa Florio, an Italian race where Porsche was able to prove its philosophy that power was only one component of winning.
On the tight, winding roads of Sicily, high up in the mountains above Palermo, the superb balance and handling abilities of Porsche’s cars allowed them to consistently dominate their more powerful and heavier competition, namely Ferrari. When it came time to name their new open-air car creation, and in keeping with their tradition of devising colourful names for their open air cars, Porsche quickly secured the Targa name as a registered trademark.
Another advantage the Targa concept offered, was that it made it easier for Porsche to comply with ever-increasingly stringent safety standards and regulations of the American market, which were especially challenging for convertibles. Although not all purists were satisfied with Porsche’s new “safety convertible cabriolet” its built-in steel roll bar did reduce the rattles and squeaks that are typical with open air cars, and it also reduced wind whipping in the cockpit thus ensuring the dramatic hairdos of the era stayed in place. Consistent with Porsche’s obvious “form and function” design, the steel bar was sheathed in a matte or brushed, gleaming, stainless steel cover with subtle gold “Targa” script.
Brief History of Chassis Number: 11850087
The original Italian car registration book shows this European-delivery example was supplied new as a Left Hand Drive model on the 22.June.1968 to its first owner who lived on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.
Coincidentally the name Targa was selected as a tribute to the Targa Florio, an Italian race which took place on the tight, winding roads of Sicily!
Unfortunately very little information was recorded on the Certificate of Authenticity, in fact only the chassis and engine number were documented.
CHASSIS NUMBER: 11850087
MODEL YEAR : 1968/911 Targa S
ENGINE NUMBER: 4080318/901/02
The Italian car registration book shows Chassis Number 11850087 was originally purchase by Signore Licata who owned the car for 12 years. He sold the car on 22nd March 1974 to the second owner kept the car for over 30 years, enjoying the Southern Italian roads and wonderful climate.
The car remained in Italy until 2010 when it was acquired by a Porsche collector based in Belgium.
In 2011 Mick Pacey, founder of Export 56 was searching for a 1968 Softwindow Targa to add to his collection and sit along side a 1967 2.0S Softwindow Targa he had just restored.
He came across Chassis Number: 11850087 for sale in Belgium, the car was in need a restoration but was complete and roadworthy. A quick dash across the English Channel and the car was purchased for 25,000euros and driven back to Newport Pagnell.
2011 – Chassis Number: 11850087 in Belgium Painted Light Ivory
For more information about this 1968 Porsche 911 2.0S Softwindow Targa for sale in Newport Pagnell, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01908 216661 or 07956 349877.