Convertible Top Initially when convertible cars began to be manufactured they were made with only two doors. The production of convertibles boomed in the 1950s to 1990s. Owning a convertible car was more of a luxury at that time and was only used for special occasions. These tops have been made more durable. A plastic rear window has been replaced by heated glass which improves clarity. Structurally the vehicle top is the most important part of the car, the frame or chassis of a convertible car is built more rigid to keep the vehicle from flexing during normal usage. Convertible cars usually weigh more than fixed roof cars due to the added material. The automatic convertible top system involves electric motors, switches and sensors, while the latching and unlatching is performed automatically.
- Observe the top while in operation if any irregular motion or snagging occurs its an indication of a malfunction.
Basic Maintenance Its recommended that a convertible be hand washed, special vinyl cleaners are available for cleaning vinyl tops. Wax should never be applied to a convertible top, soft tops should be protected using scotch guard and can be softened using a liquid fabric softener. Do not use an abrasive cleaner or cloth on plastic windows, they can scratch the plastic surface. Avoid retracting the top when wet to avoid mold which can lead to discoloration. The top should always be free of objects, even a small item such as a beach towel can damage the top structure.