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The first of countless upgrades to Porsche's perennial 911 came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Externally distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp. The lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911's handling, and then in 1970, the air-cooled, 'flat-six' engine underwent the first of many enlargements: to 2.2 litres. In 1974 all 911 variants received the 2.7-litre unit, hitherto reserved for the Carrera when the latter went to 3.0 litres. Although in non-Carrera tune the 175bhp (DIN) 2.7-litre unit made slightly less power than the old '2.4', it had been skilfully reworked to produce significantly more torque over a much wider rev range and offered noticeably improved acceleration. Coupled to a tolerance of low-lead petrol, vastly superior fuel consumption, and increased tank capacity, the new 911 proved superior to its predecessor in every way as a fast, long-distance tourer.
Two years after the Coupés introduction in 1964, a convertible 911 - the 'Targa', named in honour of Porsche's numerous victories in the Sicilian classic – became available. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the soft-top 911, the Targa sporting a hefty roll-over bar to protect the occupants in the event of an inversion, together with removable roof and rear hood sections, which were stowed in the boot. For 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed rear window replaced the less than perfect rear hood, and the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way.
This remarkable 1976 Porsche 911 2.7S Targa has covered just 562 miles from new! Delivered new to America after rolling off the production line on the 15th May 1967, the car arrived with supplying dealer Helman Miller, Porsche/Audi dealers in July '67 with the first owners being recorded in the owners manual and maintenance record as Harold E Heydt & Robert Zimmerman of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The warranty voucher is stamped and dated 17.07/1976 as is the pre-delivery inspection in the maintenance section. Having passed through dealers hands over the years, thankfully it remains in the same time warp condition and has been cossetted throughout this time, as one dealer described the car "this is essentially a brand new Porsche, albeit from 1976"
These occasions very rarely come along and it would be an easy task to fill this page full of superlatives relating to the condition of this stunning Targa, but may we respectfully suggest that your earliest inspection will be welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the opportunity given here.
This car has formed part of a significant collection for the past few years. In preparation for the sale, the engine will be flushed, filled with fresh oil and a new filter fitted, the fuel tank drained, flushed and filled with 20 litres of fuel, fitted with a new battery and issued with a fresh MOT Certificate. A safety check will also be carried out along with an inspection report included in the history file.