I’ve just read a letter in a magazine from an old friend and colleague, warning people off 911 Targas and calling them ‘pretty mediocre’. Ouch! I can imagine the hate mail he’s going to receive.
I can understand where he’s coming from, though, as I used to have similar feelings about Targas (and, yes, I got hate mail). I argued that the roof spoiled the classic 911 profile and created unacceptable wind noise.
However, I’ve since grown to love the Targa shape. Sure, it’s not as elegant as the classic coupe roofline, but it does have an appeal all of its own, in a retro sort of way. Take a look at the photo above and tell me that’s not a great-looking 911.
As for wind noise, if the roof fits properly, it’s actually snug and quiet. Not as quiet as a coupe, granted, but not bad at all. And on a summer’s day, it’s hard to beat the sun on your face feeling of an open-top Porsche.
The good news for buyers is that Targas are less popular than coupes so prices tend to be a bit less. Buy carefully and you can get yourself a bargain 911 if you opt for a lift-out roof.
I’ve recently sold a rare 1988 Turbo Targa and, every time I set eyes on it, I fell in love with its appearance. Which surely means I’m cured of my Targa hatred.