1969 Porsche 911S Targa

I feel like it’s been a while since I featured a long-hood 911 that was in original condition. Though not as aggressive and eye-catching as many of the modified and backdated 911s that we come across there still remains strong appeal to these early models. That is especially true of a 911S in a nice color. Of course, it is the very high values that these cars command which has encouraged so many owners of more recent models to backdate them in order to reproduce the original design aesthetic. Though the backdated models typically feature improved refinement and more modern mechanicals sometimes there’s just no substitute for the real thing. For the 1969 MY Porsche increased the wheelbase throughout the 911 range helping to provide a little more stability to the rear-engine rear-wheel design. Some buyers prefer the original short-wheelbase dynamics (and many collectors do), but I think many consider the change an improvement. Purely from an aesthetic standpoint the longer wheelbase creates a little better balance as the eye stretches a little more down the entire length of the car. Regardless of which side of that aisle you choose, it is the long-hood design itself that remains of paramount interest. The example we see here shows one of the better Porsche colors of this vintage: a Signal Yellow 1969 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Colorado, with a reported 39,060 miles on it (though the seller’s phrasing casts some doubt here and suggests the odometer may have rolled over).

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#FailFriday: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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It’s time again for Fail Friday! Welcoming you into July is a wonderfully horrible 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL. Normally I wouldn’t speak such ill of the great Pagoda but I can’t hold back on this one. It’s not an outrageous price or aftermarket exterior modifications that qualify it for Fail Friday, it’s the unspeakable acts of interior homicide that have been committed. Before you click the ”Continue reading this article →” I need you to be prepared as to what lies inside this SL.

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1969 Porsche 912

We see a lot of cars whose sellers refer to them as time capsules. In most cases that refers to a reasonably well kept car that’s mostly original, but it’s certainly not something that would get us all hot and bothered about vintage aesthetics. In some cases those cars can be downright haggard; time capsules in the sense of simply being, well, old. There are rare cases, however, where the term seems to apply; a car that not only appears to be entirely original, but even looks in the sort of condition one would expect had they owned the car during the time in which it was for sale. This car might just fit that bill. Here is a Polo Red 1969 Porsche 912 Coupe, located in Tennessee, with just 20,945 miles on it. As with most “time capsule” automobiles we have arrived at this point through long-term storage, but unlike some barn finds that really do look like they’ve been sitting in a barn, this 912 presents extremely well. Much of that probably comes down to the work of those who brought it back to life after it came out of storage. Regardless, it’s said to have its original paint, original interior, along with all of its original parts.

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1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

We all love to see a nice early 911S and the example here is of particular interest as it’s one of the very few I have come across in this sort of darker metallic red. I don’t know if this shade will be as popular as the pastel colors, especially those like pastel blue or tangerine, but I’m actually really surprised by how good this 911 looks in this color. The darker metallic blues have always shown well on the early 911 design and it appears that the same holds true for red. Here we have a nicely restored Dark Red Metallic 1969 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Florida, with just over 300 miles on it since its restoration.

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1969 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa

Let’s check back in on my favorite quirky Porsche: the Soft-window Targa. As I’ve mentioned before, the Soft-window Targa was Porsche’s engineering solution to a problem they anticipated would occur, but never actually did. It’s sort of a window into the development process that even made it into production, if only for a short time. Because Porsche suspected that increasingly stringent safety regulations would render the cabriolet obsolete they sought to get out in front of these regulations and produce a model that would provide both the full open-cockpit feel of a convertible and also the safety of a fixed roll hoop. The Soft-window Targa was both an ingenious and somewhat ridiculous solution to that problem. I say ridiculous because to me these have never really looked right; they’ve always look like someone’s garage project, even if a well executed one. The idea did work, but Porsche quickly introduced the fixed hard-window version with which we are all familiar and the soft-window drifted off into the sunset. We do still see them from time to time and they are generally pretty popular with collectors due to their rarity and, I think, in part because of their interesting engineering. They certainly make for a fine talking piece. For whatever reason we’ve seen quite a few more examples of the 912 of late rather than the 911 and today is no different. Here we have a very pretty Irish Green 1969 Porsche 912 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with what appears to be 109,000 miles on it.

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1969 Porsche 911E Targa – REVISIT

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The very eye-catching Signal Green 1969 Porsche 911E Targa we featured in early January remains up for sale. In our original feature the reserve on the auction was met and it seemed like sensible minds would prevail over previously failed auction attempts that did not meet the reserve. However, the seller ended the auction early and it appears there was no sale as it is now back up from the same seller. Bidding is now falling well short of its previous highs and well short of the seller’s asking price of $89,900. This is a wonderful example of one of these early pastel 911s, but the seller may need to blink.

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The below post originally appeared on our site January 7, 2016:

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1969 Porsche 912 Targa

For all intents and purposes, 1969 marked the end of the 912 as Porsche’s entry-level automobile. With the introduction of the 911T, the 912 didn’t really make much sense anymore and Porsche was soon to debut the 914 as a new model that was not only entry-level in itself, but also quite different. Sure, the 912 would be back as a one year filler in 1976, complete with impact bumpers, but really it was with those earlier examples that it would make its name. It even served as a German police car. Part of the 912’s appeal was that it appeared so similar to its bigger brother the 911. In fact, the differences between the two came down almost entirely to the 912’s use of a four-cylinder engine rather than the 911’s flat-six. From the outside a quick glance would reveal little difference between the two and the 912 was even reputed to showcase better handling given its better weight distribution. Over the years many have disappeared through use but now and again we come across very nice examples, like this Polo Red 1969 Porsche 912 Targa located in California.

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Double Take: Tangerine 911S – Coupe or Targa?

Time for some citrus. I’ve mentioned previously how the market for the long-hood 911 has plateaued, and perhaps even reached its peaked, but even if that is the case the 911S remains a special car that we must keep an eye on. These were some of Porsche’s first opportunities to show its ability to produce a top-level machine that could provide performance but also remain civilized. The 911S epitomized that focus and here we have two different variants, both of which come in the wonderful shade of Tangerine over Black. With values remaining mostly stable over the past year it’s not a bad time for those who really enjoy these early 911s to look for the right opportunity. Here we have both a Coupe and a Targa and both look in very good condition. Which would you choose? We will begin with the Targa, from the 1968 MY:

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1969 Porsche 911E Targa

It feels like it’s been a while since I featured a long-hood Porsche 911. So I’m going to look at a couple of them this week, both very similar in some ways and markedly different in others. Generally speaking, the market for these 911s has slowed down quite a bit over the past year and with the exception of the very best examples prices have mostly plateaued. That’s good news for those who remain interested in these vintage cars, even if prices remain fairly high all things considered. For the entry-level 911T and mid-level 911E it is still possible to come across interesting examples in fairly good condition without having to spend exorbitant amounts. That remains less true for the 911S, but even prices for the S have shown little sense of rising lately. The example we have here is a rare Signal Green 1969 Porsche 911E Targa located in Colorado.

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1969 Porsche 911E Targa – REVISIT

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The very pretty Ossi Blue 1969 Porsche 911E Targa, which has been fitted with the engine from a 3.2 Carrera and which we featured at the end of March, is back up for sale this time as a reserve auction. Since it failed to sale with a BIN price of $74,500, this auction should give us some sense of the value of this somewhat unique 911E.

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The below post originally appeared on our site April 13, 2015:

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