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Video: A history of the Porsche 911 Targa

 

In 2017, the Porsche 911 Targa – the original open top Neunelfer – will reach its 50th birthday, a remarkable milestone for a model that was originally devised to meet safety regulations that were, ultimately, never implemented.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary, we’ve decided to look back over the Targa’s half a century of history in our latest video, taking you through the evolution of the model from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 Targa 4S.

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Our five-minute flick also stars a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa from esteemed specialist, Canford Classics, the original impact bumper iteration showing how the latest open-top Neunelfers has both changed and been inspired by Zuffenhausen’s iconic roll hoop design.

We’ve put the two idiosyncratic roof systems to the test too and, if you missed our road trip with the 991.2 version in Total 911 issue 142, Features Editor, Josh gives you his opinion from behind the wheel of the new 911 Targa to see if turbocharging has improved the alfresco driving experience.

For more of the latest and best Porsche 911 videos, check out our dedicated film section now.

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Sales Spotlight: 1968 Porsche 911 2.0S

You may have noticed recently that we’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911S, both here on Total911.com and in the magazine. It’s a pretty big milestone, given that the original ‘S’ was Zuffenhausen’s first proper performance Neunelfer.

So, for our latest ‘Sales Spotlight’, we’ve been hunting around for the perfect classic 911S to showcase, eventually settling on this example from independent Porsche specialist, Paragon.

Built in 1968, it is one of the last short wheelbase Porsche 911Ss built before Zuffenhausen switched to the lengthened B-Series platform for the 1969 model year.

Paragon Porsche 911S interior

Although it doesn’t get the rare 4.5-inch Fuchs and iconic green-numbered dials of the 1966/67 model-year Porsche 911Ss, the 1968 car (officially known as part of the A-Series 911 range) still retained the original S’s Weber-carburetted, 2.0-litre flat six, providing a rasping induction howl and 170bhp.

Paragon’s particular example is finished in Metallic Silver and comes with the popular sports seats (a period optional extra) finished in black leather with houndstooth centre cloth.

The dashboard has the famous 911S basket weave finish while the car – chassis no. 11801202 – comes equipped with its original Blaupunkt radio unit (though you’ll undoubtedly prefer listening to that engine sing its way passed the 7,000rpm mark).

Paragon Porsche 911S tail

The only concession to originality seems to be the addition of a MOMO Prototipo wheel however, given the popularity of this particular helm (and the fact the Prototipo was a period racing accessory for many Porsches) we can certainly look beyond that.

Recently, Paragon’s Porsche 911 2.0S has enjoyed a substantial professional restoration and comes with an official Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It’s currently available with a price tag of £174,995.

To check out this Porsche 911 2.0S in more detail, or to see more of the incredible Porsches on offer at Paragon, visit their website now.

Paragon Porsche 911S rear

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The Porsche 911S at 50: 2.0S, 2.2S and 2.4S driven

These are the 911Ss. For six years they topped the 911 range; the fastest, the most luxurious, the most expensive. Then the RS was unveiled to an enthralled Zuffenhausen faithful in 1973. The S remained ‘Super’ for one more year but, as the 911 headed into the impact-bumper era it was usurped again, with the 911 Carrera 2.7 becoming prince to the Carrera 3.0 RS’s king.

In 1978 the 911S died out altogether, amalgamated with the Carrera bloodline to form the SC. Its return to global-production 911s would take nearly two decades, with the launch of the 993 Carrera 4S in 1995 reviving the tradition of this smoothly snaking Latin letter. As of now, each generation of water-cooled 911 has featured at least a single Carrera S in the range.

Thanks to its turbulent history post-1973, all pre-impact-bumper 911Ss enjoy a special place in Porsche folklore, reflected by today’s astounding classic values.

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18 months ago this mouth-watering, air-cooled triumvirate could have graced your collection for the price of a single 1973 Carrera RS. Now your £300,000 budget is unlikely to even secure two of these 911 icons, such has been the surge of interest in this famed variant.

The 2.7 RS may often steal the plaudits, but it owes its fabled reputation more to the track than the road; it was the S that took on the responsibility for cementing the 911 legend during those formative years. Yet, with production of this classic halo car spanning seven and a half years (resulting in 2.0-litre, 2.2-litre and 2.4-litre variants), which series of 911S should you set your sights on?

Released in 1966, the 0-Series 911S’s 901/02 flat six retained the 80mm bore and 66mm stroke of the original Porsche 901 engine. However, forged light-alloy pistons and steel con-rods replaced the standard items with 42mm intake and 38mm exhaust ports and twin Weber 40IDSC3 carburettors, to yield a significant 30bhp gain over the standard 911 powerplant.

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Providing the first 911S with the dynamics it deserved, Helmuth Bott’s team fitted a rear anti-roll bar alongside a stiffer front item, and adjustable Koni dampers. It also became the first 911 to gain internally vented brake discs, whose cooling was aided by the introduction of the new, 4.5-inch-wide, forged-alloy Fuchs wheels (a move that saved over 8kg compared with the previous steel wheels).

Our Ivory White example (owned by Marcus Carlton) previously went head to head with a 991 Carrera S in issue 114, sowing the seeds for this group test where its ‘competition’ comprises less contemporary German engineering.

Despite this, there are numerous aesthetic details that place this Porsche as the trio’s elder statesmen. The original Fuchs wheels feature less black paint than later rims and, combined with the spindly 165-section tyres and high ride height, the original 911S has an historic aesthetic that continues inside.

To celebrate the Porsche 911S’s 50th birthday in style, you can read our 2.0 v 2.2 v 2.4 group test in full by ordering your copy of Total 911 issue 120 online for just £1.15. Alternatively, download it straight to your digital device here.

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Ten top photos from Total 911 issue 139

From super rare Porsche 964s to our Porsche 997.2 GT3 ultimate guide, there’s something for everyone in the latest issue of Total 911. Don’t believe us? Here’s our photographic summary of issue 139:

A flatnose of a very different kind graces the cover of Total 911 issue 139 as part of our super rare 964s feature.

A flatnose of a very different kind graces the cover of Total 911 issue 139 as part of our super rare 964s feature.

Lee gets his first taste of the Porsche 964 Carrera RS behind the wheel of this 1-of-20 N/GT machine.

Lee gets his first taste of the Porsche 964 Carrera RS behind the wheel of this 1-of-20 N/GT machine.

Looking to buy a Porsche 997.2 GT3? Our ultimate buyer's guide in the latest issue is the place to start.

Looking to buy a Porsche 997.2 GT3? Our ultimate buyer’s guide in the latest issue is the place to start.

We celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911S, Zuffenhausen's original performance Neunelfer.

We celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911S, Zuffenhausen’s original performance Neunelfer.

Josh gets behind the wheel of a professional driving simulator to see how the racers keep sharp during the off season.

Josh gets behind the wheel of a professional driving simulator to see how the racers keep sharp during the off season.

A Porsche 996 endurance racer heads back out on track. We grabbed our helmet and fireproof overalls for the test...

A Porsche 996 endurance racer heads back out on track. We grabbed our helmet and fireproof overalls for the test…

We sit down with the UK's very own 'Mr 911', Nick Faure, a stalwart of the Porsche racing scene, for an exclusive interview.

We sit down with the UK’s very own ‘Mr 911’, Nick Faure, a stalwart of the Porsche racing scene, for an exclusive interview.

Go behind the scenes at Porsche Design's London boutique to see what makes Butzi's other venture tick in the 21st Century.

Go behind the scenes at Porsche Design’s London boutique to see what makes Butzi’s other venture tick in the 21st Century.

You can read our Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Flachbau test drive in the latest issue of Total 911, available to buy now.

You can read our Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Flachbau test drive in the latest issue of Total 911, available to buy now.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 139 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Watch 7 Generations of 911 Perform Happy Birthday

I’ve seen some really cool videos, but this one takes the cake…
In celebration of the Porsche 911′s 50th Anniversary, a video was created using all seven generations of the iconic car. Watch as they are all lined up and the engines are revved to the tune of “Happy Birthday.” It doesn’t take a piano to create a symphony. This is amazing! You will LOVE this video!


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