Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Twister: T-Tops

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT's weekly quiz show where the right answer is always left in the dust.  Today's topic du jour is to build a list of cars equipped with T-tops (also known as a T-bar in the UK) those wacky removable panels over each passenger's head with a structural center beam.



We are looking for traditional T-tops, like this third generation Ford Fox-body Mustang -- not a single removable targa top like a Mk IV Supra.

Standard contest rules are as follows: 

1. Only one OEM per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post -- if you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his comment and not another submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.  (Rule 2 Abrogated for the summer.)

3. The contest will end in on Sunday, Aug 2, 2015.

4. One submission per make/model.

5. Each car must be for a company that created running/driving cars (no clay model prototypes) and at least two must have been built (no one-offs). 

6. No anonymous submissions -- pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready....Set...leaky roof!!

70 comments:

  1. Z31 300zx

    [img]https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.M3f15729b24e0c8a6e99fc1ed876f389eo0%26pid%3D15.1&f=1[/img]

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  2. AW10 MR2

    [img]https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRxqFQoTCJXTpfm0g8cCFQc5iAodUkAMzw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fautopaedia.com%2Fen%2Fgalleries%2FToyota%2FToyota_MR2%2FToyota_MR2_1st_generation_AW10%2C_AW11_1984-1989_(1986-1989_Targa)_(01)_-BA1-.php&ei=ZWO6VdWMFofyoATSgLH4DA&psig=AFQjCNEJ3QyDMFUDdIxGxAovMVK5j5HOlQ&ust=1438364900230264[/img]

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  4. Camaro
    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1841/4481/4602240002_large.jpg[/img]

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  5. Triumph Stag

    [img]http://img.pistonheads.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Thumbnail/triumph/stag/triumph-stag-S1288522-4.jpg[/img]

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  6. 1978-1980 Chevy Monte Carlo (3rd gen)

    [img]http://www.montecarloclub.com/Monthly%20Feature%20Photos/January%202004/DanRace%2078%20T%20Top%20Left%20Side.jpg[/img]

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  9. Nissan Pulsar

    [IMG]http://www.carlustblog.com/images/2008/06/06/pulsar2.jpg[/IMG]

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    1. Brilliant. Bizarre voice over combined with 80s visuals...awesome, dude.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXk6lQ_C7HI

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  11. A Dodge Mirada?
    [img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/13822301433_c08f37fa0d_z.jpg[/img]

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  12. Ladies & Gentlemen... may I present one of the very few truly awesome cars to come out of the late 80's... in general really, but I'm biased... the turbo Buick Regal. It had t-tops in all trim levels: T-Type, Grand National and GNX. I still miss my '86 T-Type and '87 GN...

    [img]http://www.garlandmotorsports.com/pics/GN35.jpg[/img]

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    1. (T-Type and Grand National were really trim levels... the GNX was more than that with different wheels, stiffer sway bars and slightly larger turbo)

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  13. Don't forget the ceramic turbine wheel on the GNX!

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  14. The Corvette of many generations.

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  15. And the Tasco Sports Car prototype was apparently the granddaddy of them all -

    http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/275631,15182/1948-Tasco-Prototype_photo.aspx
    [ing]http://www.conceptcarz.com/images/Tasco/48-Tasco_Prototype_DV_08_AI_07.jpg[/img]

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    1. [img]http://www.conceptcarz.com/images/Tasco/48-Tasco_Prototype_DV_08_AI_07.jpg[/img]

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  16. Subaru Brat - sorry I can't seem to upload image from my cel..

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  17. Available on some Dodge Daytonas (& Plymouth Laser & Mitsubishi stablemates).

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  18. Glad I got off the plane in time to post this...the poster child for T tops:
    [img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/1978_Trans-Am_bandit.jpg[/img]

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  19. 2nd Gen MR2
    [img]http://wordpress.carthrottle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/MR2Turbo.jpg[/img]

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  20. Fiero (and what a beauty this one is)
    [img]http://i704.photobucket.com/albums/ww44/auctionsandbeyond/1988%20Pontiac%20Fiero%20GT%20T%20tops/100_8204.jpg[/img]

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    1. Mine had an aftermarket removable sunroof, which was fantastic. I could pop it off sitting at a stoplight and just put it in the passenger footwell, it could fit behind the passenger seat or I could slip it in the trunk (but not much else). Still, I think I would have loved the t-tops, even if they leaked a little.

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  21. Thunderbird
    [img]http://www.productioncars.com/send_file.php/ford_thunderbird_ttop_apricot_1979.jpg[/img]

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    1. Nothin' like hoppin' out of my bi-plane and into my land yacht.

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  22. How about a 1981 Berlina/Philips T-Top Coupe :

    [img]http://bobsclassics.com/sold/81be16.jpg [/img]

    Apparently about 90 cars were built.

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  23. 280ZX
    [img]http://www.2040-cars.com/_content/cars/images/9/465209/001.jpg[/img]

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  24. 300ZX
    [img]http://imganuncios.mitula.net/nissan_300zx_for_sale_in_georgia_3980055421804007104.jpg[/img]

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  25. Grand Prix (man, there's a real Pontiac thing for T-tops)
    [img]http://www.joybaker.com/wp-content/2013/03/pontiac_grand_prix_le_gold_t_top_1985-400x191.jpg[/img]

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  26. Marlboro edition Syclone
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/SIRIUS00/SyTy/Sy3.jpg[/img]

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    1. Always loved these and would love to own one of the ten made by ASC. Interesting how this truck got this sort of treatment, while the Dakota was a true convertible (with a roll bar) from the factory. And then there's the SSR...

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    2. No doubt...would have been a cool option package from the factory, with a little "De-Marlboro-ization".

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    3. Less cancer is more better. Agreed, would have been a great option. I don't know if it would have resulted in any more sales but it still was very cool. Literally.

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  27. Firebird
    [img]http://www.sunroofdoctor.com/images/92formula.jpg[/img]

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  28. 4th gen firebird/t/a

    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2328/1061/5818030003_large.jpg[/img]

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  29. Nissan NX1600/2000...and on that note I'm heading to bed.

    [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2747/2081/6866040003_large.jpg[/img]

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  30. Suzuki X90, of course.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jVgcmtqcmBY/VVC0C_HKqDI/AAAAAAAAPgU/QzWU9TsPH0c/s1600/x90c.jpg

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  31. So many cars, so little timeJuly 31, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Since both of my nominees are already covered, I'll just add an editorial defense of T-tops, maligned as they are. Yes, they're a poor substitute for a convertible. But a ragtop is only worthwhile when it's down -- when up, it's like driving from the inside of a cave. And unless you live someplace like SoCal, keeping the top down all the time is downright masochistic. T-tops are easy-off and easy-on, and those made of glass help keep the cockpit open and airy. Having had both roadsters and T-top cars (a '74 Vette and an '82 280ZX -- yes, I know, each now regarded as the nadir of its species), I consider T-tops to have been a good compromise and mourn their passing.

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    1. If you mourn their passing, I just might have some good news for you.......

      [img]http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=561172&stc=1&d=1380649398[/img]

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  32. So many cars, so little timeJuly 31, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    How delightful! That view reminds me of another benefit of T-tops vs. ragtops -- the all-important bar down the middle of the opening that helps keep the chassis stiff(er).

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  33. Chrysler Cordoba

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/TV5vcJ1.jpg?1[/img]

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  34. Cadillac Eldorado

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/M15bTJs.jpg?1[/img]

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  35. Chrysler 300

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/xfZPeyt.jpg?1[/img]

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  36. Mercury Capri

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IY5Xj600CM

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  37. Dodge Aspen

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/JMZKnv8.jpg?1[/img]

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  38. Oldsmobile Cutlass

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/YRDKogS.jpg?1[/img]

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  39. Dodge Diplomat

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/FgkRHZY.jpg?1[/img]

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  40. Pontiac Mera

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/0RlowGK.jpg[/img]

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  41. Dodge Magnum

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/coJr2RZ.jpg?1[/img]

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  42. Chrysler Laser

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/hpPJP8f.jpg?1[/img]

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  43. Plymouth Volare

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lN45WO7asM

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  44. Chrysler LeBaron

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/iuJpIaS.png?1[/img]

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  45. TVR T350t RR

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI79h2ilmm4

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    1. It's too bad we never really got access to many TVRs here in the States, especially the newer ones. The few that we got are still very cool, though. I love them. I thought they would start selling them here after the movie "Swordfish" came out but that film sucked so bad it couldn't help with that hurdle.

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  46. And now it's time for what those at the K2MC Revolution Club HQ like to refer to as a foul tempered Bartholomew tantrum...cars that sort of fit the Twister guidelines but are sure to get somebody's knickers in a bunch...

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    1. This one doesn't count because it never made it to full production but the Oldsmobile Toronado XSR should be mentioned here.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/vDKNIVz.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. Another vehicle that doesn't meet the criteria because it doesn't have a t-bar, the Jeep Wrangler's removable hard top is worth a mention.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcB8P1vE9hE

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    3. T-tops but no fixed t-bar...the Suzuki Cappuccino.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDrAKZWWXCc

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    4. Both the Triumph Stag and the Jaguar XJS/C are two examples of cars that a lot of people believe are t-tops but are in fact not; they're just convertibles with a roll cage.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyKoRddKcDE

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVzILmGnONQ

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    5. Please read what I wrote above before you start with the carping and b!tching.

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    6. Pretty sure this is aftermarket...MGB.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/BblxyKm.jpg?1[/img]

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    7. Neat but the Marcos Mantula Spyder never made it into production in this configuration; a full convertible, minus the t-bar, did.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/21grjyY.jpg?1[/img]

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    8. The Jeep Renegade is a novel take on the t-tops...turned sideways.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/1cZ1fLA.jpg?1[/img]

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    9. The Mantula t-bar structure was removable, apparently. No wonder they skipped it.

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    10. The power t-tops on the XSR were a neat idea but the width of the roof to make it doable...insane.

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  47. Dodge Charger

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/b9XjpL1.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. There can't have been many of these made.

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  48. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 3, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Here's my last one for the thread----if K2 can post an A/C unit, I feel like I'm on solid ground posting a boat. ;-)

    Glastron Scimitar
    [img]http://www.classicglastron.com/83gl-scimitar-crop.jpg[/img]

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