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Other Targa Cars You've Owned/Driven

What other targa cars have you guys owned/driven besides Lotus? It's hard to think of any other targa cars that are under 100K and have the exotic look. Would be cool IF they make a targa/convertible Evora!
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No Targas as of yet.
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- '77 911S Targa and 2 '87 911 Carrera Targas. They're nowhere near as stiff as the coupes or the Elise, but fantastic driving experiences nonetheless. Fantastic engine, fantastic steering, great sounds and smells and full of character. Much better than modern Porsches.
- Honda Del Sol, I was surprisingly impressed with this car. It's light, tossible, stiff, and generally fun to abuse. It really was a worthy successor to the CRX that didn't get as much respect as it should have.
- Miata RF, These are great little cars, but not different enough from the full convertible to warrant the 100+ pound weight penalty. Plus I like the looks of the convertible more.
- Ferrari 308 TS, Great noises, kind of disappointing everywhere else.
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- MK4 Toyota Supra Turbo. Had 3 of these. (hence the username)
- C6 Corvette
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In addition to the Lotus Elise, we have a Porsche 914. Love the Rear trunk that holds the roof (but gets hot) and the Front trunk (Frunk) that stays cool.

Fun to drive (but slow by modern standards). Gets a lot of attention.
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- MK4 Toyota Supra Turbo. Had 3 of these. (hence the username)
- C6 Corvette
I had a TT Supra, but one could easily feel the body/chassis flex w/o the roof.

Thinking I might hold onto the car, I stopped driving w/o the top.

Then, Elise came out and I happily sold the TT for a profit and bought one.

BTW, we added about 100 hp to the Supra with aquarium supplies, used to fool the boost sensors. That was fun....for $19.00.

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

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Tesla Roadster but, it's kinda the same thing (the tops are actually interchangeable).

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Closest to a Targa was a '98 Trans 'AM with T-Tops. Not even close to the Exige though..

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I took a sawsall to a Fiero and cut the top off. No targa would fit it though. The doors still closed and only slightly rubbed on the door pins.

Interesting thing was how hot it was to drive the car with no back window, the heat of the engine came right into the passenger compartment.

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NSX came to mind for something exotic. I'd love to have another Elise but one with around 400rwhp and lots of torque. I have my 3000GT VR4 Spyder 540awhp for now lol
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If the Evora was a targa or convertible would rock!
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I had a TT Supra, but one could easily feel the body/chassis flex w/o the roof.

Thinking I might hold onto the car, I stopped driving w/o the top.

Then, Elise came out and I happily sold the TT for a profit and bought one.

BTW, we added about 100 hp to the Supra with aquarium supplies, used to fool the boost sensors. That was fun....for $19.00.
Oh yeah, it flexed a lot with roof off.

It wasn't really much of a handling car. I remember the steering being super vague and light.
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Oh yeah, it flexed a lot with roof off.

It wasn't really much of a handling car. I remember the steering being super vague and light.
I devised a way to keep the car stiffer w/o top but that was too expensive a proposition.

The Supra handled very well, perhaps finishing 2nd in C&D best handling car or something, but the steering was too light, without feedback (Camry-like) until one was really pushing it.

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

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I devised a way to keep the car stiffer w/o top but that was too expensive a proposition.

The Supra handled very well, perhaps finishing 2nd in C&D best handling car or something, but the steering was too light, without feedback (Camry-like) until one was really pushing it.
Yes, I suppose for its weight/the time it was in, it handled well. The C5 Corvette definitely easily bested it a few years later with much better weight distribution and a bit lighter weight.

You're right on the Camry steering. I didn't know what I was missing until I owned an NSX, and even more so when I drove a friend's Evo 8.

I remember a lot of people adding front and rear tower braces to stiffen up the car.
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My Toyota engineer friend and I discussed bracing.

Neither the front or rear braces would keep the car from flexing. To do that, you'd need front to back reinforcement.

The big gaskets on the leading and trailing edges of the roof were intrinsic for strength. I considered making a device incorporating those that still allowed "top off" feeling, but it didn't seem worth the expense and time.

I liked the TT, I LOVE the Elise.

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

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My Toyota engineer friend and I discussed bracing.

Neither the front or rear braces would keep the car from flexing. To do that, you'd need front to back reinforcement.

The big gaskets on the leading and trailing edges of the roof were intrinsic for strength. I considered making a device incorporating those that still allowed "top off" feeling, but it didn't seem worth the expense and time.

I liked the TT, I LOVE the Elise.

That's funny! I did the same thing 8-9 yrs ago. Dumped my modded TT for the Elise.

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That IS funny!

Due to Toyota connection, I made a bunch of $$ on that Supra.

(It should have weighed 500 lbs less...)

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS. Past '72 Elan Sprint (I restored), Lotus 7 w/X-flow, TT Supra, Bugeye Sprite, BMW 2002 & 2002tii, '65 GTO.

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