When Porsche engineers and designers re-imagined the Targa on the 997 platform, they conceived it as the perfect car for any driving conditions. The big-glass topped Targas first appeared on the Typ 993s of the mid 1990s, and each generation has improved the breed. Customer surveys told Porsche planners that Targa owners were drivers who used their cars year-round, were more interested in comfortable touring than aggressive track day outings, and were individuals who appreciated distinctive styling. That made the decision to manufacture the 997 versions on the all-wheel drive platform with its wider rear width and wheel track a natural choice.
This 2010 Typ 997 Targa 4 – with just 43,000 miles on it – is the perfect car for any climate. While the all-wheel drive versions of any of the 911s are rare here in the Southeast, this system makes these cars much more drivable in any other conditions whether its the fluke snow-and-ice winter storm to a torrential downpour. Combine that with the ease of operating glass retracting roof for that open air experience on that perfect mild-weather day, and add in the usability of opening rear glass panel to drop your bags in, and what you have is truly the most multi-functional 911 they’ve ever made. These 997/2nd generation glass roof cars are especially rare because the initial price of entry was high to say the least – at nearly $95,000 for the Targa 4 with PDK before other options. This 911 was/is a local Porsche CPO warrantee car in great condition.
The front clear bra has kept the silver paint covered, protected, and exceptionally fine. The blue full-leather interior remains as it should be – excellent. The optional PDK transmission makes it a great car for everyday use as well as a spirited sports car for back road enjoyment.
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