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The Retractable Hardtop Fad

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5m Jul 2, 2021
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In 2007 it seems every car company had a convertible with a fancy electric retractable hard top, but nowadays they seem to be abandoning them for soft tops. Why did they suddenly become popular, almost 100 years after they were invented, and why are they now disappearing, almost as quickly as they appeared?

904 WERKS David video about the Toyota Soarer Aerocabin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSULXN1af9Q
Simon White video about the Honda Del Sol Transtop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPNYQP2NBQ0

Intro music: In/Out by Public Memory from the YouTube audio library.

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Sources:
https://www.leblogauto.com/2009/08/ben-ellerbeck-linventeur-du-coupe-cabriolet.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Paulin
https://www.supercars.net/blog/1941-chrysler-thunderbolt/
https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/american-maybach-the-doomed-gaylord-gladiator/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fairlane_500_Skyliner
https://velocetoday.com/top-acrobatics-the-saga-of-the-disappearing-hardtop/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy_Automobile_Company
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retractable_hardtop
https://global.toyota/en/detail/7790394
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Soarer
https://3000gtspyderregistry.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Specialty_Cars

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