The 1969 model year was a pivotal one for the Porsche 911. Lead chassis engineer Helmuth Bott brought forth significant changes to improve the 911’s handling and performance, hoping to broaden its appeal without sacrificing any character. Addressing the notorious high-speed instability, Bott stretched the 911’s wheelbase by 2.4 inches, added lengthened trailing arms and a new rear anti-roll bar. He also specified stiffer torsion bars, new dampers, and a larger wheel/tire combination – necessitating subtly flared fenders all around. With stability vastly improved, attention could turn to the drivetrain. Engineers adapted the magnesium crankcase from the 911R to all regular production models, knocking 22 pounds of weight from behind the rear axle line. This concerted effort dampened the 911’s reputation for snappy, unpredictable handling at speed, and while it still required a skilled driver to run at 10/10ths, the performance was considerably more accessible to the average driver. The mechanical refinements, beautifully proportioned styling, and delicate trim add up to the archetypal classic 911. These 1969 to 1973 “long-hood” models stand proudly as the most celebrated generation in the illustrious history of Porsche’s enduring icon.
This marvelous 1969 Porsche 911T Targa is a great example of the long hood that’s both beautifully presented and well-sorted for driving. Fully restored and presented in its original and rarely-seen color scheme of Champagne Yellow (code 6822) over black upholstery, this Targa is a numbers-matching example, accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, reproduction owner’s manual, and receipts for recent service work. Factory options included a 5-speed gearbox, light-alloy wheels, tinted/heated rear glass, 911 S instrumentation, bumper decos, special paint, and more.
At first glance, the superb bodywork stands out. Excellent gaps and straight, flat panels are finished to a high standard in the correct original shade. As part of the body restoration, all new seals and gaskets were fitted all around, including the all-important Targa seals. The removable roof panel is restored with a new headlining, and the stainless-steel Targa bar is beautifully finished and adorned with correct badges. Finishing touches include restored 15-inch Fuchs alloy wheels with Michelin tires, restored badging, period-style Hella fog lamps, and a chrome exhaust tip.
The pleasingly firm spring-loaded action of the door handle is familiar to any 911 owner, and swinging open the door reveals the extensively restored interior. The black seats are in superb condition, with minimal creasing that reflects the low mileage since its restoration. The seats slide on restored and re-plated seat tracks and feature restored chrome hinges. Carpets are correct lightweight Perlon material, protected by custom embroidered over mats. The cockpit is refreshingly authentic, with details like the original four-spoke steering wheel – leather-wrapped per the CoA – a factory 5-speed shift knob and excellent switches, controls, and instrumentation. The modern Pioneer head unit is about the only deviation from standard, though the understated styling integrates quite well into the cockpit.
The restoration included rebuilding the 2.0-liter flat-six, which is reportedly upgraded with Carrera timing chain tensioners for improved reliability. It breathes in through proper Weber 40 IDTP3C carburetors and out through a high-performance Bursch exhaust system that enhances the signature flat-six growl without being too intrusive. The carbs are recently rebuilt, and the car fires up readily, settling into a smooth idle once warmed up. It runs beautifully, pulling smoothly and cleanly through all five gears, feeling considerably snappier than its factory-rated 110 hp might suggest. The restorers also updated the chassis with Weltmeister bushings and adjustable sway bars, along with powder-coated components and zinc-plated hardware. Recently, a West Coast 911 specialist dialed-in Targa-specific chassis settings (the removable roof requires a softer setup), performed a detailed alignment, corner balancing, and fitted a fresh set of Koni dampers. The result is a superb riding and handling 911 that is an absolute joy to drive.
Long-hood 911s have long been the darling of Porsche collectors worldwide, and one drive in this 1969 Targa demonstrates why they’re so widely adored. It is a delightful driver’s car, with the added benefit of a removable roof for sunny days. Offered in outstanding cosmetic condition, it is ideal for rallies, Cars & Coffee events, or savoring one of the purest driving experiences in motoring along an endless ribbon of tarmac.
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