Porsche's Take on Retro: It's all in a Name

While the Targa’s of old came with a 'screw this roof' attitude, the new 911 is just a convertible with a sexy Italian name.

When Porsche first introduced the Targa (Italian for ‘plate’)in 1967, it was a classic display of the German’s straightforward way ofoperating: ‘If we want the top down, let’s just take the whole thing off and throwit in the trunk’, they said. Later, they introduced models with sliding glasstops. Again, not the most practical form of transportation, but definitely ahot way of getting around.

With its complex system, lifting the entire rear glass area tostow away the roof, the Targa gains back the sleek profile of its forefathers.But is this worth the risk of complicated, expensive repairs and what isexpected to be a hefty price tag? Check out the smoothly operating Targa topand decide for yourself.

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