Thanks to our friend, Bob Kauffman for the heads up on this Cabrio Targa for sale in the UK! Interesting write-up, although it is not completely accurate. The article implies that the purpose of the 'bar in the roof' was to reduce 'scuttle shake', which it does, but that is NOT the "raison d'être"! It is, in fact, a roll bar that was designed to address the safety concerns about convertibles in a rollover accident that were prominent at the time. A number of governments, including the US government, were considering banning convertibles due to this perceived safety risk. They never did ban convertibles, but the threat was serious enough to the industry that American factory production of convertibles ceased altogether for about 7 years, with the last factory convertible being the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. Once the 'crisis' had passed, factory production resumed in the early 1980's. The BMW response to this crisis was the introduction of the Baur roll bar design in their convertibles, starting with the 2002 Cabrio Targas, and continuing with the E21 Top Cabriolets (TC1), E30 TC2s, a one-off TC3, and the E36 TC4s.
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