One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier A type of convertible sports car with a hood or panel that can be removed, leaving a central roll bar for passenger safety.‘a targa roof’
soft-top, ragtopView synonyms
- ‘Though the Italian supercar is actually 44 lb lighter than the Porsche, the Ferrari should have a weight advantage because its roof is fixed, whereas the German contender has removable targa panels.’
- ‘Toyota introduced the Soarer Aero Cabin in 1989, which was equipped with an electronically operated metal-top targa roof.’
- ‘In my gown I pulled off the targa top and headed towards Spago.’
- ‘The Targa has the body of the cabriolet with the Targa glass roof replacing the fabric roof.’
- ‘Designed as a two-seater long-tail spider with a targa roof the car can exceed 205 mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.’
Italian, literally ‘shield’, given as a name to a model of Porsche with a detachable hood (1965), probably suggested by the Targa Florio ( ‘Florio Shield’), a motor time trial held annually in Sicily.
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