Porsche Targa tops through the ages
The almost-convertible 911 family has a new son. We chart its open-top, stainless-hooped history
Posted: 16 Jan 2014
If you hold a tumbler against the new latest 911 Targa, you'll hear the dim thrum of flat-six history. But not, for once, the normal sort of racey, sideways stuff you'd expect from Porsche. In fact, the whole Targa concept was born from American safety legislation, which, during the mid-sixties, threatened to outlaw full convertibles.
Porsche's solution was simple - build a drop head, then add a fixed rollover hoop and strap some fabric around it. The former pleases open-air motoring enthusiasts, the latter takes care of those pesky legislators. And so, in 1967, the 911 Targa (after the Targa Florio race), was born, and the name remains a trademark of Porsche AG to this day.