Over the course of a lifetime, we gather a lot of memories, some of which play out in our minds like films. With emotion in stereo and Technicolor images of forms and role models which have left a lasting impression on us.
One of these films features the 911 Targa. It begins in 1965 in Zuffenhausen – where else? It was here that the original Targa bar and removable folding roof – Porsche’s ingenious solution to American safety regulations – was created. Derived from the 911 Coupe, the 911 Targa was developed in response to increasing demand for an open-top version of the 911 which could also offer the same levels of comfort and safety as a closed-top model.
The most distinctive, style-defining feature of the Targa is its aluminum bar with three fins and ‘targa’ logo. Over the years, this design has left a lasting impression on the car’s drivers and fans.
In 1975, the silver bar was replaced with a black one for the ‘G-series’ version of the 911 Targa, whilst the subsequent 964 series saw the launch of the first all-wheel drive 911 Targa. In 1995, for the fourth generation of the 911, the Targa got a completely new roof concept: an electrically operated glass roof with aluminum trim strips running along the sides. Even though this form of the 911 Targa underwent further evolutionary development in subsequent generations, its stylistic integrity was maintained, resulting in an award-winning design which conveyed a feeling of open-top driving, even with the roof closed.
The captivating saga of the 911 Targa continues, even today. This current episode features the return of the iconic Targa bar, innovative roof technology, that very special open-air driving sensation and an exceptional level of comfort. Once again, it is being played out on the road. And the ending? Well, that’s been left open, of course.