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Porsche revives classic Targa roofline

New 911 Targa model to make its debut at Detroit auto show

Published: January 9, 2014, 4:00 AM

1965 Porsche Targa

When Porsche introduced the original 911 Targa in 1965, it established a new styling genre and gave name to its most prominent feature – the "Targa bar," which wrapped over the roof from belt-line to belt-line at the B-pillar.

Recent Targa models, while maintaining the name and the open centre-roof section the Targa Bar enabled, have not retained the bar itself.

Porsche says the new 911 Targa, to be introduced next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, addresses that issue.

Echoing the design of the original 911 Targa of 1965, the new model is said to feature the distinctive Targa bar, a movable centre roof section and a wrap-around rear window combined with innovative technical solutions aimed at making it a true modern classic.