The “Porsche Targa” isn’t a model of Porsche, rather as it is a design of a style of Porsche. A “Targa” Porsche is one is that is semi-convertible. That means that instead of being a full convertible, there’s a removable roof section and you can go behind the seats to get a full width roll bar. You may have heard of other types of vehicles being a “Targa,” but Porsche originated the term. In fact, it’s a registered trademark of Porsche AG.
Depending on the type of Porsche Targa, the rear window is either fixed in place, removable or foldable. The word “Targa” is Italian for “plate,” and Porsche took the name from an Italian road race Porsche found great success in, the “Targa Florio.” The rise of the Targa’s popularity in the 60s and 70s was actually partially based in a fear that the Department of Transportation would outlaw convertibles.
Over the years, Porsche has changed the Targa design quite a bit. In 1997, Porsche developed a retractable glass roof, while other models used a motorized roof. There are Porsche Targa models available in the Porsche 911, Porsche 914, Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 944 and Porsche 924.