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>T Top cars have been around since the 1940s. They were originally designed to offer a convertible-like experience in various vehicles without the costly and time-consuming process of removing the entire roof. Even today, t tops are still popular, and for a good reason. Today we share some of the best T Top cars to own – ones that rise above the rest.

With more than a sunroof, but less than a soft top, Targa top cars walk a thin line between a coupé and a convertible body style.

In short, targa tops are removable roof panels. The Targa roof is constructed in a way that does not require the same extent of body and chassis structural rigidity otherwise mandatory for keeping roofless cars from falling apart, thus providing a similar open-air feel with mild effects of added weight and compromised overall performance.

In addition to being a better engineering solution for open top cars, targa tops became a car design necessity. Due to growing safety concerns exploding in the late sixties, no significant companies developed convertibles as their future was uncertain and bound to be written off due to inadequate rollover protection. So, to still offer an open-top experience, automakers resorted to targa tops where the rear glass housing acted as structural protection in case a car finds its way wheels up.

Now, while there aren’t many targa tops on sale today, the historic and collector car market offers plenty of options. 

To find ten best second-hand T Top cars you can buy right now, we decided to focus on attainable and usable classic, so don’t be surprised not to find a Porsche Carrera GT, 918 Spyder, Bentley Continental SC, Ferrari F50, LaFerrari Aperta, or Maserati MC12, just to name a few rare, otherwise elusive and seven-figure examples.

Our list of the 10 best T Top cars are:

Porsche 911 TargaAcura NSX-TLotus ElisePontiac FirebirdChevrolet Corvette C3-C8Triumph TR4Ferrari 308 GTSFiat X1/9Toyota MR2Mazda MX-5 RF

Here’s a look at the top 10 T Top cars:

1. Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 is the only car to actually bear the Targa name, hence its first place on our T Top cars list. In 1965, Porsche conceived this body style to meet safety regulations of the era, naming it after the Targa Florio, a Sicilian public road event where Porsche scored considerable success with its lightweight sports cars, namely the 550, 718 and 904. 

1972 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Targa 
Stephan Bauer ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Porsche offered the 911 as a Targa throughout many variations, starting from the G Series all the way to the current 992 generation. First, the Targa was a removable hardtop, only to be reinvented as a sliding glass roof panel on 993, 996, and 997 models. Then, starting from 991, the 911 Targa became a modern interpretation of the classic car design.

That being said, it’s up to you, your budget and preferences which one you choose. Do you want a classic air-cooled 911 or four-cylinder 912, or do you prefer one of two modern variations? Tell us what’s your perfect 911 T Top car in the comment box below!

Stephan Bauer ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

2. Acura NSX-T

Perhaps the greatest Japanese sports car of all time, the NSX was originally developed as a hardtop coupe and fine-tuned with inputs from the greatest ever Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna.

Acura NSX
Source: Honda

Midway into production, Honda introduced an open top version in 1995, naming it the NSX-T and making it a bit softer compared to its hardtop counterpart.

That might disappoint those looking for an undiluted NSX driving experience, especially given the fact that the NSX-T became the only variant available on the North American market. However, even with a bit more weight and re-engineered internals, the NSX-T is a staple Japanese sportscar and a sound investment opportunity.

3. Lotus Elise

When it comes to cars clad in actual bodywork, there’s hardly any providing an open-wheel feel better than the featherweight Lotus Elise.

Lotus Elise is a T top car
Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition. Source: Lotus

Its minimalist interior is distraction-free, its seats will grip you

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: 10 Best T Top Cars To Own
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/t-top-cars/
Published Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2021 06:24:05 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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