In the beginning, all cars were roofless carriages that exposed their hardy riders to billowing dust, scorching sunshine and drenching rain. Soon pioneers of the automobile spread a canvas canopy over their heads, and the convertible was born. The Peerless Motor Car Corp. of Cleveland introduced its Cape Folding Top in 1905; the "California top"a removable steel roof with glazed windowscame along in the '20s to decorate the touring car. For the young at heart, whizzing down a highway in an open convertible became the epitome of driving fun. Plymouth made a big hit with prewar youth by bringing...
Autos: A Tear for the Convertible
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