The 991-type Porsche 911 was introduced in 2012, but it's just now hitting its stride in terms of the numerous variations for which the 911 is known. Following closely on the heels of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet models revealed at the LA Auto Show, Porsche looks to be readying the return of the 911 Targa.

Rather than the most recent Targa, which had a sliding roof panel, these patent images dug up by French automotive site TF1 Automoto show a roof design more reminiscent of the original Targa models that date back to 1967. These images look similar to what we've seen from spy shots for the Targa, but the patent images do show the car from various angles with the roof both on and off. Instead of a manual roof panel, we heard back in September that this car would get some sort of trick automatic sliding roof. In all honesty, we can't imagine how that will work on this car, but we look forward to finding out.

That report also indicates that the 911 Targa was slated for an introduction at the Detroit Auto Show, so we don't have too long to wait.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, but then I tend to favor retro or vintage. There's something endearing about the petite size of the earlier Targas.
      • 1 Year Ago
      retroawesomeness, love it!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at the birds eye view. It appears to be a retractable semi-soft roof that retracts into the rear deck. When the top is off, there's a black panel on the rear deck. When the roof is closed, there's no black panel on the rear deck. Obvious!
      • 1 Year Ago
      judging by the fact that the roll bar has 5 sections, I think that the roof goes _through_ roll bar (3 middle sections pop up a little).
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Targas. This looks pretty rad.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Porsche doesn't build it, someone should.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it would be great to go back to the classic Targa look. I made one on the Cayman body a while back just to see how it would work on a modern Porsche. I liked it:
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope that landau top is temporary and doesn't make it to the official reveal.
      Soccer Mom
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, actually. It is a 2010 Porsche or 2006 Porsche. It also can be 1998 or 1990 or 1986 or 1975 Porsche.
      Iruka Umino
      • 1 Year Ago
      That rear class makes the car look outdated. It doesn't have a nice targa design like the old import scene -Supras and Nissan 300ZX, etc. The back literally looked like it was designed by Homer Simpson.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a huge porsche fan and a huge fan of the current generation targa, but this new design of the targa is really not something I'm keen on. I think Porsche could have done much better than to go back to the roll bar.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Corvette looks much better. I am a huge Carrera fan, but this one has gone too far.
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