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Why the glass-roofed 911 Targas are great

A lot has been written about the latest Porsche 991 Targa and, I have to admit, I do like the way the new Targa apes the appearance of the classic 911 Targa, with its wrap-around rear window. It’s a good looking car in a retro way. However, what I don’t like about the new Targa is the overly complex way the roof is opened. The entire rear window opens, the Targa panel drops down under it before the window returns into place. Sure, it’s a triumph of engineering but it’s not an elegant solution and, unusually for Porsche, it’s a […]

Will there be a Porsche 991 Turbo Targa?

There are rumours flying around that Porsche will announce a 991 Turbo Targa very soon. Tim Hutton, a graphic designer friend, created this clever image of what a 991 Turbo Targa would look like, and graciously said I could share it here. Click here to see more of Tim’s work, much of which is car-related. It’s an intriguing idea and one that makes sense, as the Turbo Cabriolet has long been a popular choice for buyers, especially in the UK (obviously because of our sunny climate!). Also, the Targa and Cabriolet share parts so, in theory, it wouldn’t be a […]

Porsche 991 Targa with all new roof system

Porsche has just unveiled the 991 Targa with its all new roof system, at the Detroit Motor Show in the USA. It’s been long known that the new 911 Targa would revert back to the lines of the classic Targa with its distinctive roll hoop, rather than the retracting glass roof system of the 993, 996 and 997 Targas. However, what’s not been known is just how the roof would work – the original 911 Targa had a lift out roof panel that stored in the boot but, these days, drivers want more convenience than that. The solution was shown […]

Is this the next Porsche 911 Targa?

Once again, photos are floating around the internet of what is claimed to be the next Porsche 911 Targa. The images show a roof based on the styling of the original Porsche 911 Targa with a prominent rollbar. The old Targa had a lift out roof panel which folded up and could be stored in the boot. However, I can’t believe that 21st century Porsche buyers would want that, so there must be more user-friendly solution. But what? Is the roof a glass panel that slides back under the rear window as per the last-generation Targa? Or is it a […]

Open top Porsches

The UK has been basking in one of the best summers for years and it’s ideal weather for open-top Porsches. With Porsches, you have a choice of wind-in-the-hair cars: 911 Cabriolet For the full open-top experience, it has to be a Cabriolet with a folding roof, such as this 997 Carrera S. With a fully electric roof, that opens and closes in seconds, this is pure luxury.   911 Targa, early The 911 Targa is a clever concept. Up until 1993, the Targa had a lift-out roof panel which folded up and stored in the boot. With a distinctive roofline […]

The new Porsche 911 Targa

A while ago I wrote this post about the new Porsche 911 Targa. Now, rumours are again flying around about the next generation Targa, after Autocar published more spy shots of what is obviously a 991 Targa disguised as a Cabriolet. It seems that Porsche is returning to the traditional rollbar styling of the original 911 Targa, which seems odd in some ways as that has long been a largely unloved 911. I’m sure the new car won’t have a lift-out roof like the old one, though, but rather some form of panel – some are saying glass – that […]

Is this the next Porsche 911 Targa?

Over on the Teamspeed website they’ve posted a number of photos of what appears to be a Porsche 911 Targa disguised to look, at first glance, like a Cabriolet. This is interesting as, if you look closely, you can clearly see a fixed roll hoop just like that on 911 Targas up to 1993. Later Targas had a glass roof which slid back under the rear window, so does this mean that Porsche is abandoning the glass-roofed concept and returning to the original Targa style, or a modern interpretation of it? The photos leave a number of questions unanswered, though. […]

Porsche 911 Turbo Targa SE is rarer than thought

I thought that this flatnose Porsche 911 Turbo Targa SE was one of eight right-hand drive cars made by the factory. However, I’ve just received information that suggests that, in fact, it’s one of just two such cars built by Porsche. So it’s rarer than I believed! Please click here for more details of this Porsche.

Rare Porsche 911 Turbo Targa featured in magazine

A rare Porsche 911 Turbo Targa SE Flatnose that I have in stock is featured in this month’s Total 911 magazine, further adding to the car’s provenance. With images by photographer Antony Fraser and words by yours truly, it’s good to see the Porsche being appreciated by a wider audience. Please click here for more details of this rare Porsche.  

The joy of cleaning a Porsche 911

I like my cars to be clean – whether my own or stock that I’m selling. However, I’m not a natural car cleaner who would happily spend all day polishing and detailing – I’d rather pay someone else to do that. That said, on a sunny afternoon, there is something very special about washing a Porsche 911. The shape, the size, the curves, the smell, all combine to make it a thoroughly special experience. I’ve just spent half an hour sponging down this rare flatnose and have come away feeling very relaxed. Save money on therapy – wash your Porsche […]