1968 Porsche 911S Targa Sportomatic

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Unable to satisfactorily engineer a 911 convertible, Porsche developed the Targa, a novel body type that offered open-air motoring without sacrificing structural rigidity while retaining the established 911 form. Anticipating U.S. safety regulations that never materialized, Porsche touted the Targa’s built-in roll bar as a first-of-its-kind safety device. This car’s Sportomatic manual transmission – extremely rare in a Targa – permits shifting without a clutch, a feature Porsche expected to resonate with American buyers. (491)

Courtesy of Alan and Lisa Grant