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Investing in a Porsche 911 Targa from the ‘60s

Oct 18th 2015 at 6:59 AM

To stand out from the crowd, the smart money is going into the vintage Porsche Targa.

The ‘60s-era Porsche 911 Targaswere crafted as a way to circumvent laws that were anticipated to forbid convertible car sales in the U.S. And to this day, the essence of the Porsche 911 Targa is pretty much the same, albeit there’s no requisite to break any laws.

At that time, new safety regulations in the U.S. were expected, and there was great concern that convertibles would no longer be legal tender within the country. Thus, Porsche came up with a solution – to build a car that came with a removable roof section together with removable soft rear window, but also with the added protection of a fixed roll bar.

 

The History

In 1965, the 911 Targa made its debut, though in extremely limited numbers. The car was initially unpopular given that it was not exactly practical. Nevertheless, it still carried a “wow” factor, and thus became something of an icon among select automobile groups.

 

Good Design Never Gets Old

The allure of the early Targa is easy to comprehend. Start out with the big circle headlights at the front which peer down over the perfect nose, then moving towards the back which ends in perfect proportion. This is still with the top up.

With the top down, the 911 Targa transforms to an even cooler machine. The T-band crosses over the top in a similar fashion to the steel bracelet worn by a vintage Rolex watch, which is equally as collectible.

 

How to Do It Right

The name Targa refers to “Targa Florio,” the famous Italian race, which was synonymous with the concept of open driving ever since the 1960s.

Before you make an investment, think about the importance of carburetors versus fuel injection. Also consider the roll bar variants, transmission details, and bumpers. Over the years from 1967 to 1977 there are variations of each.

Also, be super sure that the top fits correctly; if the auto has been left outside over the years, a car with a leaky roof will certainly show signs of rotting in the innards.

And if you fall in love with a machine that comes with plenty of miles on it, don’t worry about that. Porsches, after all, are extremely reliable autos, in large part because they are manufactured using simple mechanics.

The brand has maintained exemplary parts and technical support over the decades. Thus, a Porsche service history that is nicely documented is all it should take to suffice.

The 911 Targa is no doubt an antique, but it still retains its rebellious nature to the full.

 

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