“1967 911 Targa” – “To comply with stricter laws in the United States, Porsche engineers create the world’s first production safety convertible. In the mid-1960’s, they design a 911 version: a hybrid between a convertible and a coupé. The Targa principle is born. This model line with its removable hardtop quickly establishes itself in the market: “The Targa is neither a Cabriolet nor a Coupé, neither a Hardtop or Limousine, it is something completely new.” To this day, it remains part of the permanent model range at Porsche.” Targa – “At the start of the 1960s, the US authorities introduced more stringent registration guidelines for Cabriolets. In response, Porsche presented the world’s first safety Cabriolet at the 1965 IAA – the 911 Targa. The open-top car featured a steel roll-over bar and was available in four variants. Targa means “shield” in Italian. The name of the car is also a nod to the Targa Florio race, which Porsche won for the first time in 1956.” The Targa top, introduced in 1967 along with the 911S (which brought with it a more powerful motor making 160hp, as well as the famous Fuchs alloy wheels) shows how forward-thinking Porsche engineers were when faced with the challenge of making a convertible safe in case of a roll-over. The top is a removable, collapsible panel that fits in the frunk – while the rear is a plastic window on a zipper that unzips and is removed. The concept is so good that even when a Cabriolet model was introduced in 1982 as a 1983 model, Porsche continued to offer the Targa – it still does today, in fact. The word “Targa” remains a registered trademark of Porsche AG.