After the successes of the Imperial/PFM line of the 1960s, and facing the scourge of ballpoint pens, Sheaffer needed an all-new line in the 1970s. Its new Targa was that line. Appearing in 1976, the Targa by Sheaffer was, like several European auto models, named after the famous Targa auto races of the early 1900s. The classic Targa was the 1001, in stainless steel, with a click cap, sleek and smooth. In styling, it was futuristic, but it carried Sheaffer’s renowned diamond-shaped inlaid nib of the ’60s. For the next 23 years, Targas appeared in innumerable styles and colorings, and are still superbly constructed, durable pens today.