Not unlike American automobile manufacturers, Porsche is a longtime producer of police vehicles. Dating back to the 1950s and the 356A, Polizeiautos were not uncommon. The Dutch police force was particularly fond of the rear engine German pursuit vehicles, and their orange-and-white livery was undeniably eye catching.
In 1968, the Porsche factory outfitted a new 911 Soft Window Targa in the striking Dutch Polizei-Bekleidung tangerine orange and white, complete with rear mounted siren and “STOP” lamp, dual rearview mirrors, CB radio, flashing lights on the Targa bar, Carrello driving lamps, and Hella 128 fog lamps. Get-up-and-go came from the European 911L 130-horsepower 2.0-liter flat 6 and stopping power was courtesy of 911S vented brakes.
This brightly colored hot rod was never intended for life as a public servant, but destined to be a debutant on the U.S. auto show circuit as Porsche was positive they could interest stateside law enforcement in a fleet of 911s. The first stop was the 1968 National Capital Area Auto Show, followed by a display in New Haven Connecticut, and finally the New York Auto Show. At the close of the 1968 auto show circuit, the Polizei-Bekleidung 911 was shipped back to the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. It was there that California Porsche dealer Bill Yates saw the 911 and used his clout as 1968 Porsche Dealer of the Year to convince Porsche to sell him the non-street legal car for display in his showroom, where it remained through the 1980s, sneaking out occasionally for midnight runs. After Yates’ passing, the orange and white Soft Window Targa was owned by several collectors before being purchased by Art in Motion founder Paul Queally.
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