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Place your bid: Berluti leather-draped 1973 Porsche 911 Targa S at Sotheby’s

An ultra-exclusive Berluti leather-draped 1973 Porsche 911 S Targa will be due at the Sotheby’s auction block this week. With 50 years of classic Porsche suave, the interiors of this 911 will feature reupholstered Berluti patinated leather and will be completed with an aged patina finish and unique branding. 

Porsche 911 Targa S
On the inside, draped in ultra-luxe Berluti leather. On the outside, a gleaming silver paint job

Automakers have always seemed partial to the emphasis on outward-expression when luxury customisation is concerned. Tune-ups and grill detailing may be common requests, but we forget that a luxury chariot is built from the inside out. Contrary to popular opinion, I’d prefer the backseat in an opulent Alcantara-woven interior than have my foot on a 600-HP pedal.

Porsche 911 Targa S
Berluti engraving on the Porsche 911’s leather-draped steering wheel

Consider this a collector’s call. The 1973 cruiser will maintain its original and iconic glass roof construction that elegantly displays its lush leather interior. The Porsche 911 Targa S also comes fitted with a 190 BHP, 2.4-litre air-cooled flat-six engine. If you’d push it, you can max its throttle 142 mph with a 0-60 time of just 7.8 seconds. The 1973 sports car also features lightweight brakes and a performance gearbox as standard and was one of the fastest street-legal sports cars of its time. 

Porsche 911 Targa S
‘Targa’ engraving, a signature detailing on vintage Porsche 911s

The Berluti treatment simply glorifies the 911’s old-school charm. The rework sees tons of premium finishing touches like bouclé wool floor mats, a hand-stitched leather-sheathed gear knob, an alpaca-lined Targa roof, a fully re-trimmed front boot and a stand out leather-trimmed dashboard with open seams and double top-stitching. As a complimentary touch, you’ll receive Enzo Ferrari-inspired Venezia leather driving shoes and a calf-leather Jour-Off weekend bag. 

Porsche 911 Targa S
Complimentary: Enzo Ferrari-inspired Venezia leather driving shoes and a calf-leather Jour-Off weekend bag

This one-off 911 Targa S will be up for auction between April 24 to May 7 and will be a part of the “Berluti: The Art of Craftsmanship” lot. If you’d like to participate in this Sotheby’s auction, we’d project the hammer dropping somewhere between USD 196,896 and 253,152. 

Porsche 911 Targa S
Bouclé wool floor mats and hand-stitched open-leather seats

All Images: Courtesy Sotheby’s & Berluti.


Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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