I​s the 911 Targa the missing link?

H​alf coupé, half convertible, this is the 911 Targa. Since 1967, this special model has been the missing link that offers the best of two worlds.

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H​alf coupé, half convertible, this is the 911 Targa. Since 1967, this special model has been the missing link that offers the best of two worlds.

T​he story of the Targa in the 911 range started in 1967. It was originally conceived to have a 911 Cabriolet that was in accordance with the US regulations that did not allow full convertible models. Things have changed now, but the Targa is still here and it's perfectly bridging the gap between coupes and convertibles.

B​ut things weren't always that easy. The concept of the Targa has always been about having an aluminum-finished bar that goes over the car to protect its occupants. Things changed in 1993 with the 993. Porsche introduced a revised mechanism of the roof. Instead of having a removable panel, the Targa was now equipped with a large glass that slid back to create an open space above the cabin. The true essence was gone but the name stayed. The automated mechanism was actually way more practical than the manually removable panel. This system went on for nearly 20 years up until the 991, for which Porsche decided to reintroduce the famous bar to give it a retro style.

S​o, what do we have here? This is a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa from 1991. And it's pretty special, because it is literally the last air-cooled 911 with the original roof-bar that is reminiscent of the first ever 911 Targa. Some will also argue that it is the most beautiful 911 Targa out there.

the Targa is still here and it's perfectly bridging the gap between coupes and convertibles.

J​onathan Yarden

T​he advantage that the Targa has over the cabriolet, is that it has a more rigid structure. Meaning that it behaves better than a full cabriolet when thrashed around corners. The advantage the Targa has over a coupe, is that you get the open top to appreciate better the beautiful sound generated by the air-cooled flat-six. So, it really is the best of both worlds. But, back to our 964. We were surprised to see how well-maintained the car was. It only wears 55'700 km and is like new. The only flaw comes from the transmission as this car is automatic. Not that it isn't a good gearbox. It's actually quite smooth and it seems as if the gears change seamlessly. It is the ideal transmission if you just wish to cruise with the car. Unfortunately, for us, it is a bit too slow and, for obvious reasons, the manual gearbox is more engaging and rewarding. Especially, in the 964, the gearbox is crispy and you get much feedback from it. The only downside would be the fact that it only has five gears, so the car might become a bit loud on the highway. Anyway, the 964 will never be perfect and that's why it's so brilliant.

Some say that the 964 is the last Porsche that looks like a classic 911. They might be true. The fact that this car is a Targa brings also this extra specialness. Targa declinations have always been quite rare on the market. For example, only 3'534 units of the 964 Targa Carrera 2 have been produced. Why are they so rare? Is it just because it stands between two already well established and more logical products (Coupe and Cabriolet)? Hard to say, but for us, the Targa is the best choice if you are hesitating between having a coupe and a convertible.

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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/

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Comments (32)

  • If I was buying a 911, I'd want the Targa version.

      2 years ago
  • It’s funny, I loved the Targa while growing up; but as I got older, the beautiful smooth lines of the coupe couldn’t be beat. The cabriolet, although it breaks up the lines, opens up the car in a perfect way. I have a 964 cabriolet now and wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Your Targa photos a stunning. Keep it up ⚡️

      2 years ago
    • Hi Lance! Thanks for the comment! Yeah indeed the Targa doesn’t make much sense. It isn’t really a coupe nor a Cabriolet. Even with the open top, the Targa doesn’t feel that “open”.

        2 years ago
  • I like the 993 Targa with the big sliding glass roof. No bulky top to store.

      2 years ago
  • That is a thing of a beauty. Would have that over any modern supercar, tbh.

      2 years ago
  • Always loved the Targa and its unique look!

      2 years ago
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