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    The SC Cabriolet was unveiled at the March Geneva auto show as Porsche's first factory-built convertible since the last open C s of a decade before. Of course, it was also the first true Porsche convertible. The Targa, despite its sunny disposition, was regarded as a coupe or semi-convertible, depending on whom you asked, because of its rollbar superstructure and take-off roof panel. As with the beloved s, Porsche's Reutter division built the bodies for the new cabrios.

    Unveiled at Geneva in '82, the Cabriolet was added to the SC lineup for ' The Cabriolet was part of a nascent ragtop revival that marked a surprising turn for a species that nearly died out in the s. Though never strong sellers even in the best of times, convertibles began losing their old appeal in the late s as buyers embraced the greater practicality, comfort, and security of closed body styles, including pillarless hardtops, sunroof models -- and, of course, the Targa and its imitators.

    Standards were enacted, but weren't nearly as tough as the industry feared. Still, the mere threat of legislation was a convenient excuse for most automakers to dump convertibles. The Detroit Big Three abandoned them entirely after Driving top-down on a smoggy day in clogged urban traffic was hardly the romantic picture that had driven convertible sales in the old days. Nevertheless, a good many people still wanted traditional wind-in-the-air motoring, suggested by continuing interest in a dwindling number of British roadsters and luxury tourers like the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    Porsche and other automakers also took note of the convertible-conversion "aftermarket" that had sprouted to fill the gap left by the demise of factory models. After all, there must be something going on when most anyone with a hacksaw and torch could make ready money by decapitating ordinary coupes and even sedans. Something was going on, which is why Porsche and Detroit returned to the convertible market during Though its manual soft top might seem needlessly cheap at that price, eschewing power-fold hardware kept curb weight the same as that of the SC coupe and 30 pounds less than the Targa's.

    Typical of Porsche, the top had three bows, spring-loaded self-adjusting steel cables, and a concealed steel panel in front to keep things taut and snug at high speed. Porsche said that the design also afforded minimal heat loss in winter air-conditioning was available for summer and milder wind noise. A conventional fabric boot covered the roof when stowed; an available tonneau snapped in to protect the cockpit when you just couldn't bring yourself to raise the roof.

    The rear window was plastic, broadly wrapped for good outward vision, and could be zipped out for copious top-up ventilation. Oddly, Porsche claimed "the aerodynamic lines of the Cabriolet made it possible to match the mph top speed of the SC coupe.

    Above is a photo of the Porsche coupe in SC form. Of course, the Cabriolet had several virtues of its own. For one, it was exceptionally solid for a convertible. Consumer Guide found nary a rattle from body or top -- this in a preproduction prototype, no less. It was a tribute to the literal integrity of the Porsche hull. In fact, the coupe bodyshell was so rigid that little reinforcement was needed to restore torsional stiffness lost from slicing off the roof.

    The inherent soundness also testified to Zuffenhausen's painstaking workmanship. A detachable Targa-type rollbar was optional, but added nothing to rigidity. Another nice thing was that the Cabrio could be driven with the top down and windows up without the nasty wind buffeting that plagued so many convertibles. Consumer Guide found this true even at modestly illegal speeds. But the best thing was that this was an open Porsche , with all that implied for excitement and prestige.

    It also implied that the was being given new emphasis in the scheme of things -- as indeed it was. A major impetus was American-born Peter Schutz, who'd approved the Cabriolet for production shortly after he replaced Dr.



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