Let’s start with the basics, TARGA means “Plate” in Italian.
As for Porsche, The name “Targa” came from the Targa Florio sports car road race in Sicily, Italy in which Porsche achieved several victories until 1973.
In 1967 and just about a year after showing it in prototype form, Porsche put the 911 Targa into production.
The road going Targa was released equipped with a removable roof panel and a removable plastic rear window.
In 1968, the removable plastic rear window was changed to a fixed glass version and the Targa came with a stainless steel-clad roll bar. Porsche had, at one point, thought that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would outlaw fully open convertibles in the US one of the most important markets for the 911, this point of view probably what characterized the upcoming generations of Targa for years to come.
The 911S also was added to the Targa family in 1968.
Based on the previous version of 911s Targa, Porsche launched the 1974-1978 models almost similar with its predecessor and packing almost the same design and technical features. However, the 74-78 Targa came with a choice of three engines, 2.7-, 3.0- and 3.2-liter, producing 165, 180 and 231 horsepower respectively.
Here are the Specs for our featured 1977 Targa:
Engine Specifications and Performance
- Flat 6-Cyl.
- K-Jetronic Continuous Injection System
- 163.90 cu-in/2,687 cc
- 165 Hp @ 5800 rpm
- 0 TO 100 Km/h 8.4 seconds
- Top Speed 220 KM/h
This Targa means a lot to me, when I first bought it classic fanatics told me why to buy a Targa, it will never grow value, nowadays the same guys are asking to buy my Targa, this is the new era of Classics – Said Fouad