Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:21
The plastic shell was phased out in 1989. Lacquered pens made in 1989 and later have all-metal bodies. Most pre-1989 laquered pens did have plastic shells. (Some of the metal-finished pens were just thin overlays over plastic shells as well.) Models 1002 and 1003 were the only lacquered models that I know of that were all-metal construction from 1976 through 1998, the entire period of Targa production.
Hehe, I wondered when we'd hear from you, Bill! Hope you are well - every single time I get a Targa, I think of you, and how much I've learned over the years from your collection. Just snagged a mint 1005 a couple weeks ago for $20.00!
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