Monday, January 13, 2014

The Targa

Porsche brings back the classic Targa roll bar.  Originally conceived as a 'safe convertible' in 1966, the Targa bar added structural rigidity generally missing from open-top cars and, according to Butzi Porsche, had the added benefit of meeting US competition requirements for a roll bar. Because it was a functional element of the car, Butzi insisted that the bar be stainless steel to contrast with the body color.  Body-color Targa bars - a popular owner mod in the 80s - were strictly verboten!

2014 vs 1971 Graywolf!

Of course, as with every modern car, an extraordinary amount of complexity is standard equipment ... because undoing 2 simple latches and manually lifting a lightweight top off the car is soooo incredibly inconvenient.