What is a Hardtop?

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Hardtop:

A hardtop is a rigid type of automobile roof, which for contemporary cars is usually constructed from metal. A hardtop roof is either fixed (i.e. not removable), detachable for separate storing, or retractable within the vehicle itself.
Pillarless hardtop (often mentioned as simply “hardtop”) is a body type of cars without a B-pillar, which are often styled to offer the looks of a convertible design.

 

Pillarless Hardtops:

The pillarless hardtop (often abbreviated to “hardtop”) is a hardtop with no B-pillar which is commonly styled to appear sort of a convertible. If window frames are present, they’re designed to retract with the glass when lowered. This creates a sway of uninterrupted glass along the side of the car.
A pillarless hardtop is inherently less rigid than a pillared body, requiring extra underbody strength to stop shake. Production hardtops commonly shared the frame or reinforced bodily structure of the contemporary convertible model, which was already reinforced to make amends for the dearth of a hard and fast roof.

Hardtops tend to be dearer and collectible than sedan models of the identical vehicle.

Some hardtop models took the convertible look even further, including such details as simulating a convertible-top framework within the interior headliner and shaping the roof to resemble a raised canvas top. By the late-1960s such designs may be highlighted with an optional vinyl cover applied on the steel roof.

 

Japan:

In July 1965 Toyota introduced Japan’s first 2-door hardtop coupe, and in August 1967 they installed the 1,587 cc DOHC 9R engine within the Toyota 1600GT. This followed with several manufacturers offering the favored body style as a luxury car appearance. During the 1970s, Toyota produced the Toyota Crown during a pillarless two-door hardtop version. Nissan followed suit with the Nissan Cedric and Nissan Gloria in 4-door sedan and 2-door hardtop body styles, with the latter “rendered as a premium quality tending.” Subaru introduced a brand new compact coupe as a real two-door hardtop with the Subaru Leone in 1971. The pillarless hardtop models were costlier and splendid than the sedan versions.

In the 1980s, Toyota continued the planning with the Mark II, Nissan with its Laurel, and Mazda marketing its Luce.

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