Tangerine Targa: 1968 Porsche 911

The seller of this hard-window Porsche 911 Targa says he bought the rusty shell out of Syracuse, New York, and never made any headway on it. It’s now in Lakeville, Connecticut, the home of Lime Rock Park, and a part of the world where interesting project cars like this one tend to abound. The Buy-It-Now on eBay seems downright cheap at $5,400, but you’re not getting anything beyond what you see in pictures. Find it here on eBay and ending on Wednesday. 

The soft-window Targas tend to bring stronger money, and as a hard-window example, one has to wonder where the rear glass went. These were sometimes prime candidates for removing the rear window and targa hoop for the intent of creating a convertible, which may have increased the 911’s value at one time. No more, as original cars are in demand and this one’s’ Targa bar is thankfully intact.

The floors, less so. This Targa will need plenty of work to address the floors and surface rust puncturing the body. It appears that the door rust has permeated the exterior skin, and the cheap Buy-It-Now would seem to reflect this. Of course, the interior shows collapsed seats, no carpet, and plenty of missing trim.

The Tangerine paint is perhaps the 911’s best feature, which – assuming it’s restored – it will be returned to when the inevitable repaint occurs. The later phone dial wheels look out of place, but those are obviously just cheap rollers for moving the Targa carcass around. I wouldn’t look at this as a way to make money on a 911, but rather just a low cost of entry into restoring a vintage air-cooled if you’ve always craved one but missed the boat the last time prices spiked.


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  1. Rx7turboII

    Ahhhhh…this is who stole my crack pipe!! I knew I had it the other day! Lol

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  2. Eric

    I inspected this car the first time it was on Ebay. The owner is a great guy and very honest, in fact he persuaded me from buying it, even though I am hard headed and would still like to own it. I have restored other cars in equally rough shape and unless you are a master welder and very patient, this car is not for you, but I am more of the ladder, than the former! I figured that the sheet metal alone needed to repair the car is in the $7K range from Restoration Design. Not to mention an engine core that would run you about another $7K for a 2.7 liter motor and then another $10K-$20K to have it rebuilt, unless you also want to take on the rebuild or already have a motor and transmission ready to go. The color is no doubt the coolest thing about the care as it sits now.

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  3. Ralph

    Not just a Soft Targa, this is the even more exclusive “Soft Everything” model…….

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