On the occasion of the Porsche Design 50th Anniversary, the Stuttgart-based company presented the 911 Porsche Design 50th Anniversary Edition. It is a restored 1972 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Targa that was sold at auction, and the year of manufacture was the only specific requirement for the donor vehicle. The price was $1,149,000 USD, a record for a Porsche Targa.
The car was finished in the original black color preferred by Ferdinand Porsche, and Porsche Design and Porsche Classic collaborated closely on the car. “We’ve created a unique vehicle that blends tradition and the present day and bears the signature of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche,” said Uwe Makrutzki, Head of Porsche Classic Factory Restoration at Porsche AG.
The car was originally in bad condition, but the Porsche Classic experts did everything to make the Targa look as original as possible. The chassis specifications have been upgraded to the S version, and the car is decorated with Porsche Design inscriptions on the sides, a roll bar in platinum satin finish, classic Fuchs rims and a reproduction of Ferdinand Alexander’s signature at the rear.
The interior of the car was a particular challenge. Fortunately, they have an extremely experienced upholsterer in the Porsche team who took on the challenge and with the help of some templates and test pieces, made the car look outstanding. The seats are upholstered in black leather with a checkered Sport-Tex fabric pattern that can also be seen on the door panels and the lower part of the dashboard, while in front of the passenger there is a “Porsche Design 50th Anniversary” badge.
Porsche Classic has completely upgraded the engine specifications so now the Porsche 911 S 2.4 Targa is powered by a 2.4L flat-6 engine with 190 hp (140 kW) @ 6,500 rpm. As a reminder, the standard model has 130 hp (97 kW) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Good luck to the new owner who also received a limited anniversary edition Chronograph 1 watch.