1970 Porsche 911 Targa

There once was a time when roofs came in two forms: fixed or convertible. But these days, you can get a cloth-roof convertible, a hardtop convertible, partial convertibles like the Fiat 500C, flip-tops like the Renault Wind or Ferrari Superamerica... but one thing you don't see much of anymore is the Targa top.

Although removable roof panels existed beforehand, it was Porsche that first coined the term 'Targa' to refer to the roof style. It was introduced on the 911 in 1966, when the fear was that the authorities were preparing to ban full convertibles due to safety concerns. That fear turned out to be unfounded, but the Targa became a fixture of the 911 lineup.

Porsche replaced the lift-off roof panel with a sliding glass panel in 1996, as it has continued since, but the latest product of the rumormill suggests that the German automaker could be preparing to bring back the old-school Targa with the next-generation 911.

Why would Porsche do this? Maybe the current Targa's assembly is too heavy or too expensive. One way or another, it'll be a good few years until the next Targa comes along, so we'll just have to sit tight – with or without the wind in our hair – to find out.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll probably never buy a convertible...but a Targa top, oh yes
      • 4 Years Ago
      The main reason I'd consider the current Targa is the ability to open the rear window for better access to the rear seats (for shopping, etc). If Porsche included this feature on all 911's (except the stripped out racing models...GT3, GT2 etc), I'd just go a Carrera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Between the 911 and C7 the Rumormill is working double time, Haha. Also this: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/12/2009/12/500x_targa_corvette.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 998(?) is sounding pretty sweet, with the full range of PDKs, PCCBs, and other Porsche-nyms, but a seven speed manual and a targa is coming? The Porsche 911 may not be the fastest sports car, but is the most versatile in it's many incarnations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about T-Tops? Those were bitchin'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every Corvette that is not convertible, Z06, or ZR1 is a Targa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The original Targa was always the ugliest 911 in my opinion. The wrap around rear glass and the stainless B-Pillar bar looked so tacked on. Hope they follow the lines of the Lancia Beta Targa.
        Evan McMiller
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually agree...it added a lot of visual heaviness up top where it didn't belong...the coupes were much prettier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's precisely zero chance they make a targa that you manually have to take out and stow. Rich guys who buy 911s don't like doing things for themselves any more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So that Boxster Spyder that sold out in a few weeks, the Lamborghini Spyders and Bugatti Veyron Spyder only went to cheap guys who didn't mind a little DIY? Oh wait: None of them had power roofs either - and they all cost alot more than the standard car...
      Evan Hayden
      • 4 Years Ago
      Targas were always my favorite of the old school 911s. Hopefully one day I can afford one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously autoblog, you guys need to do your homework. http://autoholik.net/frontend/images/content/ruf_greenster_2.jpg
        Evan McMiller
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember this is autoblog you're talking about...don't expect too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh MAN I'm so excited for this! The 997 Targa is cool, don't get me wrong, but the classic look of the SC and Carrera 3.2 Targas gets to me. It really looks the part. This is gonna be classy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "but one thing you don't see much of anymore is the Targa top." Base Corvette? Lotus Elise?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And? They said you don't see much of. They didn't say they no longer exist.
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