>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