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Lot 115

1969 Porsche 911 S Targa

  • Chassis no. 119310373
  • Engine no. 6391329
  • Gearbox no. 7195572

Sold for $137,500

  • One of 614 such examples for 1969
  • Very attractive Targa in special-order Metallic Blue
  • Optioned with factory air conditioning
  • 45-year tenure by original owner; highly original
  • Extremely well documented from new

It can become quite hot during the summer in Texas, hence the decision by R.W. Robinson of Austin to specify air conditioning when he placed his order for a new 1969 Porsche 911 S Targa though Intercontinental Motors in San Antonio. He also requested the rarely seen special-order color, Metallic Blue (6853) – a $152 extra – with a black leatherette interior. According to this car’s original window sticker and invoice (included with the car’s file), Mr. Robinson also ticked the boxes for a Becker Europa radio and antenna/speaker package, tinted glass all around with a single-stage heated rear window, and a set of Michelin tires. Another interesting item was the inclusion of “self-leveling front suspension,” a feature ordered on many 911 Es, but rarely found on other models.

Completed on 2 April 1969, the car was shipped to the United States, and was delivered to Randy Robinson exactly two months later on 2 June. It would remain with him for the next 45 years. According to the dealer invoice, the Becker radio was changed on arrival to a Blaupunkt AM/FM prior to delivery, which remains with the car today. The car was also fitted with a set of bumper guards and color-coordinated Coco mats. In the early 1970s, the Robinson had Forest Lane Porsche-Audi in Dallas, Texas, replace the original Boge hydropneumatic front suspension with Koni struts (as the original system was notoriously unreliable). The rear shock absorbers were also replaced with Konis. At a later date, stainless rocker trim and a pair of Hella below-the-bumper driving lights were installed, along with painted center caps for the Fuchs alloy wheels.

The consignor, just the third registered owner, notes that the car was repainted in the mid-1980s by the original owner, and has been carefully maintained from new, including a complete rebuild of its original engine by the previous owner in 2013.

It is unusual to find such an elegant all-matching-numbers Targa that is so fully documented; it is supplied with its correct owner’s manual and maintenance booklet in their original maroon vinyl slipcover, and a comprehensive file containing the CoA, original window sticker, and a meticulously detailed maintenance history from new. Also included are the correct spare wheel, jack, tool kit, and even a period-correct Mohn ski-rack and set of skis mounted to the rear . . . should the new owner ever find snow in Texas.


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