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Lot 86

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1967 Porsche 911 2.0 S Soft-Window Targa

SOLD $195,250

Estimate

$200,000 - $250,000

Chassis

500190S

Engine

962149

Car Highlights

One of Just 483 911 S Targa Models Built for 1967
First-Year 911 S and Targa
Purchased New by American Rally Champion John Buffum
Less than 300 Miles on Exceptional Nut-and-Bolt Restoration
Highly Collectible and Desirable Early Short-Wheelbase 911
Rare Soft-Window Targa
Complete with Books, Tools, Tonneau, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and Kardex
Ideally Suited for Concours, Shows, and Classic Touring Events

Technical Specs

1,991 CC Air-Cooled SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber Triple-Choke Carburetors
160 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
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Formerly the Property of John Buffum

Highly coveted as a top-specification 911 S from the inaugural model year, this 1967 Porsche 911 S is even more desirable and rare as one of just 483 produced for the first year of the Targa’s availability. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and the corresponding Porsche Kardex document provided by Le Mans-winning Porsche racer and marque expert Jürgen Barth, this 1967 911 S Targa was built on March 1, 1967, and originally finished in Polo Red with black leatherette upholstery. Dunlop tires and tinted windshield and side glass were the car’s factory-original options. Shipped to the US, this 911 S Targa was delivered new through Porsche of America (PoAC) in Teaneck, New Jersey. Interestingly, the original owner is recorded on the Kardex as none other than eventual 11-time US rally champion John Buffum. In addition to scoring 117 national rally wins during his career, Mr. Buffum also contested select European rallies to great effect, including the world-famous 1969 Monte Carlo Rally with a Porsche 911.

The recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration with thorough detailing in 2010 by Classic Showcase, this outstanding example then joined a prestigious private sports car collection, where it remained until it was acquired by the consignor last year. The body is laser-straight and all gaps are consistent. It is believed that early in the car’s existence, the original engine, numbered 961438, was replaced by a California-based Porsche dealer with a correct 901/02 911 S-specification unit. It should be noted that the serial number of the currently installed engine, 962149, falls within the documented engine-number range for 1967 and very nicely maintains this car’s remarkable integrity. At the request of the prior owner, a short-throw shifter was installed, with this slight upgrade enhancing the overall driving experience. The original shifter is included with the sale of the car. Other excellent features include sport seats and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. A recent evaluation of the car revealed that it provides an exceptional drive with a tight overall feel including smooth shifts, strong acceleration, and firm braking characteristics. Having travelled only an approximate 300 miles since restoration, this 911 S literally begs to be broken in and enjoyed.

Complete with accessories including books, plus a tool kit, tonneau cover, and Targa-top cover, this 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa is further accompanied by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the factory Kardex document. Offered in exceptional restored condition, this correct, complete, and rare 911 S Targa simply “ticks all the boxes” for an astute early short-wheelbase 911 purchase in the top factory-available specification.