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Robert Emslie January 14, 2013 Hooniverse Asks


There was a time, back in the seventies, when wild eyed and spittle spewing insurance actuarials deemed the automobile to be only slightly less dangerous than a thermonuclear device, or maybe giving Mike Tyson a wedgie. And a particular object of the insurance companies attention toward taking all of the fun danger out of cars was the convertible.

Because auto makers feared the insurance lobby would force the government to ban convertibles, many manufacturers dropped them from their line ups as new models were developed. Of course, American car buyers – being a flatulent bunch – still appreciated some semblance of open-air motoring, and as a way to serve that market the T-roof came into prominence.

Leaky and squeaky, the T-top still became the closest thing to a real convertible at the time, and without all the expensive and boring work required to reinforce the frame that a true ragtop seemed to demand. Plus, the industry’s despicable quality control during the era meant that the manual labor required to remove and install the tops negated the potentially faulty motors and crank mechanisms that moon roofs demanded.

Convertibles weren’t ever banned, and in fact remain to this day a popular choice across many a model, but due to that potentiality back in the day, the T-Top ruled for an era. And today, I want to know which classic T-Top most rocks your world. What car do you think best pulled off the T-Top?

Image: [dogomovies]

Currently there are "57 comments" on this Article:

  1. P161911 says:

    It isn't widely known, but ALL C3 Corvette Coupes had t-tops.
    <img src="http://www.brightonmotorsports.com/sites/default/files/vehicles/cars/available/chevrolet-corvette-t-top-coupe-1969.jpg"iwdth=500&gt;

    Probably my favorite since my 77 corvette is the only vehicle I've ever owned with t-tops.

    • OA5599 says:

      Not counting the early prototypes. The car was dsigned as a targa, but Chevy engineers added the center bar at the last minute in order to help reduce chassis flex.

    • mnm4ever says:

      I think that's pretty widely known… Who didn't know that?

  2. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0KG-v_7t3Z8/UGyOgd9xRFI/AAAAAAAAIQg/xQFd3hI1INk/s1600/subaru_brat_gl_black_1982.jpg"&gt; Do these count? It was good enough for Reagan. There is a dad in the troop that has a Brat and I dig these cause of how they open.

  3. Alcology says:

    If I was going to give tyson a wedgie, I would definitely travel back in time to the 70's to do it. Definitely not now.

  4. POLAЯ says:

    Mk1 MR2s had what I call lower-case t-roofs, but a nice touch nevertheless.

    <img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/yg_HgK-wMZw/0.jpg"&gt;

  5. OA5599 says:

    Power controlled, or GTFO. Cadillac made a few of these '78 Eldorados, the "last" American car to rock a convertible top.

    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6015/5963197261_dfddfa6268.jpg"&gt;

  6. Tanshanomi says:

    I would have to say Mirada, because there is just so much going on with those C-pillars, it would have been a shame to lose them.

    <img src="http://nozama.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed05fc288330133f30442c5970b-400wi"&gt;

  7. Jeff Glucker says:

    This thread makes me miss my '85 300ZX.

  8. Fritzo2162 says:

    I had an '84 Mustang GT with T-Tops. Damn things leaked from the day I got the car to the day I dumped it.

    <img src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m97/91rangerturbo/1984%20GT/Picture019.jpg"&gt;

  9. skitter says:

    I probably wouldn't get away with the 911 Targa, Carrera GT, F50, F355, NSX, or TVR Tuscan, so I will nominate:

    The Bentley Continental SC
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/contisc3.jpg&quot; width="500">

    The Heuliez SM
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/CitroenSMRetractable.jpg"&gt;

    and the trimmed Enzo
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/FerrariEnzoB.jpg&quot; width="500">

  10. Devin says:

    The Suzuki Cappuccino had T-tops that could turn into a full blown convertible! It had it all!

    <img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5012/5589262136_b0bbb42e67.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="231 Suzuki Cappuccino (1991-97)">

  11. rpdred6 says:

    I nominate my 2001 Chevrolet Camaro (or any fourth-gen F-Body for that matter)

    <img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8380288891_7343315c6a.jpg&quot; width="500" height="200" alt="487516_2917561550227_481581259_n">

  12. LTDScott says:

    It was already mentioned, but I gotta go with the Olds Toronado XSR, mainly because I had a Tomica version of one as a kid.

    <img src="http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w69/17703/Tomica/1977OldsmobileToronadoT-Top-whitef-.jpg"&gt;

  13. vroomsocko says:

    GM F-Bodies I lusted after in High School, before they got silly looking:

    <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/93/246041680_83409bf68c.jpg&quot; width="600">

    Early 90's Firebird Formula (Banshee styling cues FTW!)
    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4040/4676187225_a8720d2565.jpg&quot; width="600">

  14. wisc47 says:

    As a massive fan of the mk2 MR2, it would be difficult for me to let this be left out.

    <img src="http://www.mr2.com/canadam/Billstein.jpg"&gt;

  15. engineerd says:

    My roommate in college had a 280Z with the t-tops. I liked it. I don't care what your mom thinks.

    <img width=500 src="http://images04.olx.com/ui/13/60/71/1298256604_168875971_1-Pictures-of–1983-Datsun-280-ZX-t-tops-59000-miles.jpg"&gt;

    Wasn't there a pickup truck with t-tops in the 80s? I'm thinking it was a Datsun or Toyota, but I can't find it. Maybe I'm delusional.

  16. Tomsk says:

    The last of the big T-birds rocked them pretty well.

    <img src="http://automotivemileposts.com/tbird/images/tbird1979pastelchamoistroof.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  17. Ol'Shel' says:

    No pics of T-backs?

  18. salguod says:

    So. Much. Win.

    World's only T-top wagon (Probably not)?

    <img src="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j138/motosteveo/DSC01176.jpg&quot; width=600>

    T-tops are better when they're Hurst Hatches:

    <img src="http://blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/04/1975HurstOlds_01_700.jpg&quot; width=600>

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