What is a Targa, exactly? Well, back in the 1960s there were worries that the US would ban full convertibles on the perfectly reasonable grounds that if you rolled one, it might very well knock your block off.
So in 1966 Porsche came up with a solution: the 911 Targa. Instead of the whole roof folding away, the Targa had removable roof panels above its front seats that kept you blissfully aerated on a summer’s day, but behind you the rear window and roll-hoop stayed in place to avert beheadings. Genius.
Fast forward nearly sixty years and convertibles haven’t been banned, they’re just a lot safer. So you can plump for the full-blown 911 Cabriolet should you wish, yet seemingly anomalously, the 911 Targa still exists, too. Mainly its existence boils down to style, folk just love its classic looks, but arguably in the depths of winter its roof - now electrically operated - offers better insulation than the Cabriolet’s.
With that in mind you need to know whether the 911 Targa is a better convertible than a 911 Cabriolet, and if either trump rivals including the Mercedes SL or a Jaguar F-Type Roadster. Read on and we’ll fill you in.