Originally introduced for the 1967 model year as a “safety convertible” with integrated roll hoop, the Targa nameplate became an integral part of the Porsche 911 franchise for over two decades. Designed in response to expected safety legislation in the United States that would outlaw convertibles, the Targa remained the sole open variant of the 911 until the 911SC Cabriolet appeared for the 1983 model year. The Targa soldiered on through the end of the 964 generation in 1994 before being substantially re-engineered for the first time when the 993 Targa appeared. This new Targa roof was fully glass and retracted at the push of a button, obviating the need to stop and awkwardly fold the removable roof panel and store it in the car someplace. This Targa format existed for an additional twenty years before the third iteration of Targa roof appeared for the 991.
The 991 Targa roof was also fully electric, but through some clever engineering, returned to the distinctive integrated roll bar aesthetic that defined the first 25 years of the Targa, bringing together the best of the first two generations into one handsome package. Available exclusively with all wheel drive, the 991 Targa was also available with a traditional manual gearbox, adding further charm to the vintage aesthetic of the 991 Targa.