Everything To Know About Convertible Roof Types

Convertibles are one of the most popular car types in the automotive industry. The free open space above the head attracts a large number of buyers!

By Carandbike Team


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Published on February 11, 2022

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  • The open roof space allows the user to carry things without any problem
  • Convertibles enhance the 360-degree vision to get rid of blind spots
  • Ben P. Ellerbeck invented the first convertible car

Convertibles are so iconic that their presence in pop culture cannot be overlooked. One of the staples of a cool protagonist n any movie is owning a convertible! Convertibles have an aesthetically pleasing design that excites most car enthusiasts. The way the roofs in the convertibles open has also evolved over the decades as per popular demands. The technology has changed, and so has the look, and thanks to technology, a few convertible roofs are truly fascinating to know about!


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Hardtop convertibles

Hardtop convertibles come with a retractable hard metal roof. This convertible roof is fully electric. It uses hydraulic pumps, cylinders, and various motors that separate the roof into panels stored on one another.

These convertible roofs are considered safe, providing users safety against theft or any damage. Some of the best hardtop convertible models include – Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Corvette, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, and Porsche 911 Targa.


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Soft-top convertibles

These vehicles are named “soft-top” because the roof is made up of fabric. The material could be made of nylon or even PVC. One of the major advantages of soft-top compared to hardtop convertibles is that they reduce weight on the vehicle. The storage is easier due to the flexibility of the fabric, and they are much easier to manufacture. But the safety is doubtful in the case of these convertibles.

These soft-top convertible models are great – BMW Z4, MINI Cooper, Rolls Royce Dawn, Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, and Aston Martin DB11.

Hand-operated manual convertibles

These models come with clips and handles that allow users to manually put away or deploy the roof according to convenience.

Cars with this technology include – Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider


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The Targa convertible

The convertible models made by Targa are pretty different from those mentioned in this list before. These convertibles have a fixed rear window and a metal line between the front and the rear windows. These manually operated roofs allow users to fold or spread the roofs at will. There is a special compartment that stores the compromised roof.

Electric roofs

This is not a specific type, but it is employed in cars that use the hardtop or soft-top convertible models. The system is pretty basic – electric motors and cylinders work together to either collapse or deploy the roof. There is no manual intervention that is required. The ease of use is one of the main reasons electric roofs are so popular. The models that employ this technology include various electric cars, hardtop, and soft-top models!

Convertibles are undoubtedly amongst the most exotic cars and are highly sought after by a huge number of users for who can resist the temptation of enjoying along drive with the roof down.

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