A special present: To mark the 50th anniversary of Porsche Design, Porsche Classic has implemented a unique project over the past two years. A restored 911 S 2.4 Targa from the year Porsche Design was founded in 1972 was created for the anniversary. As a homage to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the one-of-a-kind copy picks up on the color scheme of the legendary “Chronograph I” from 1972 that he designed Color: Black. "The vision was to build a historical counterpart to the new special model 'Porsche 911 Edition 50 Years of Porsche Design'," explains Ulrike Lutz, Head of Porsche Classic. “With the help of the new special request program, we were able to implement the idea of such a unique pair of vehicles. For the donor vehicle, this time it was all about the year of manufacture. The task of the designers and employees in factory restoration was to carefully transfer the specifications of the new car to the classic.” The 911 S 2.4 Targa was created in close cooperation between Porsche Design and Porsche Classic. Roland Heiler from Studio FA Porsche in Zell am See was in charge of the design.
Porsche 911 S 2.4 Targa
"Basically, it is our philosophy during a factory restoration to rebuild the vehicles as true to the original as possible," says Uwe Makrutzki, Head of Porsche Classic Factory Restoration at Porsche AG. “We deliberately went in a different direction here. We have created something unique that combines origin and modernity and at the same time bears the signature of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.”
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (1935-2012) was the eldest son of Ferry Porsche. After only two semesters, he left the Ulm School of Design to work in body styling at Porsche. From the late 1950s, the Porsche 901 was made there, which was presented in 1963 and became an icon as the 911. In 1972, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and his brother Hans-Peter founded the Porsche Design Studio, an independent studio for product design. Over the past 50 years, the exclusive lifestyle brand Porsche Design has grown from this. It carries on the legacy and philosophy of Prof. FA Porsche across a variety of product categories.
Black as a typical color of FA Porsche
The restored 911 is painted in black and rolls on anodized Fuchs rims. Classic side stripes in satin platinum and with integrated Porsche Design lettering adorn the flanks. As a special highlight, the Targa bracket was also glazed in satin platinum - a new interpretation of the brushed stainless steel of the old model. The Targa lettering is in matt black. As on the special model, there is a “50 Years of Porsche Design” badge with a facsimile signature of Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche on the grille of the engine cover at the rear.
Black also dominates the interior. Typical for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche: In the 70s, as head of the first design department at Porsche, he helped black become a trend color. From 1973, for example, the trim strips on the 911 were gradually no longer made of chrome but painted matt black. FA Porsche, who was responsible for design, probably gave the impetus for this up until 1972. The "Chronograph I" designed by him and presented in the same year was the first watch with a black case and black dial - an innovation in the watch world at the time.
Checkered surfaces in the interior of the one-of-a-kind create a contrast to the black leather interior. At the same time, they bridge the gap to the modern special model. A checkered pattern in Sport-Tex with a classic checkered pattern in black/cool gray can be found, for example, in the door panels, the center sections of the seats and in the lower area of the instrument panel. There is an "Edition 50 Years of Porsche Design" badge on the passenger side.
The on-board folder and tool bag were also individualized with the “50 years of Porsche Design” logo. A restoration box with detailed documentation, a key case (FA Porsche Original) and a model car that has also been converted round off the vehicle project.
"Normally, the production card tells us exactly which equipment details a vehicle had when it was delivered and how it has to look like when restored," reports Makrutzki. “With the anniversary model, we were much freer in the configuration. Porsche Classic had an advisory role here: because not all modifications fit the overall philosophy of a vehicle or are technically feasible.”
Modern material meets historic geometry
The base vehicle, a 911 2.4 T 1972 Targa, was in poor condition and incomplete. Otherwise an unfavorable starting position, this time not important in view of the planned modifications. Because the experts from Porsche Classic fully upgraded the engine and chassis to the S version. The top model of the time drew 2.341 hp at 3 rpm from a displacement of 190 cm6.500 and had mechanical fuel injection.
The vehicle interior was one of the greatest challenges during the restoration. Example seat covers: Modern material meets historical geometry. The strength and stretch of the current fabric made it difficult to work on the 50-year-old chairs. "Fortunately, we have an extremely experienced upholsterer in our team who took on this challenge with templates and test parts," says Makrutzki.
The task of final testing on the road remained for him. “We carry out test drives of this type for quality assurance with every factory restoration. For me, it is always a highly emotional moment when I drive such a one-off: After all, I have experienced every day for months how a vehicle is created again in all its details. This enthusiasm never flattens!”
About the Porsche 911 Targa
In 1965, Porsche presented the 911 Targa at the IAA as the world's first "safety cabriolet" with a roll bar that was a good 20 centimeters wide, a removable roof and a mini fabric top with a plastic pane at the rear. In doing so, the company responded in a typically pragmatic way to a discussion in the USA that branded convertibles as "dangerous". A panoramic rear window with heated glass followed a little later. The name of the open variant - "Targa" - was derived from the long-distance race Targa Florio in Sicily, which had previously been won five times.
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A 911 S 2.4 Targa with the signature of FA Porsche! Photo credit: Porsche
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