In its nearly twenty years of production, the Porsche 928 has been offered in various versions but never in variants such as roadster or Targa.
Or at least, not officially because some tuners tried to make it autonomously between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s.
BB COMPANY 928 CABRIO
The first company to try to build a roadster was in 1979 the German bb Company of Rainer Buchmann, which was specialized in advanced tuning for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz cars.
The sheet metal roof of the vehicle was cut and, after having reinforced the frame, a canvas roof was added derived from a Mercedes-Benz 500SL adapted to be used on the 928.
Built in less than ten models until 1982, the car was equipped with a digital control panel and a multifunction steering wheel, two accessories that were at the time at the forefront of automotive technology.
Promotional video of the bb Company 928 Cabrio
CARELLI DESIGN C928
A less advanced but more elegant model was proposed in 1981 by the American Carelli Design commissioned by the American department of Porsche that wanted to test the response of its customers to a product of this type.
The car, called C928, featured interiors embellished with Connelly leather and a specially designed folding roof that was not converted and adapted by high vehicles. Produced in eight copies, it did not receive the final approval of mass production by the Porsche, which preferred to concentrate on upgrading the coupe versions.
BB COMPANY TARGA
A particular Targa model was finally proposed by the bb Company in 1979 and was characterized by a new hard top derived from the Mercese-Benz 450SL.
Unchanged from the mechanical point of view, the car was completely renewed in the cockpit by engaging new Recaro sports seats, a telephone and a Clarion G80 stereo system.
The latter had not been mounted on the dashboard but had found an unusual housing on the central pillar of the hard top.
Among these three I have a spasmodic admiration for the Targa variant both for the colors of the seats and for the particular housing of the instruments, but which do you prefer?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola e Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation