Auto Monday – T-tops and Targa tops

A cross between a hardtop and a convertible, t-tops worked their way into the hearts of the driving public. Nice day? Pop the tops and stow them in the trunk or hatch. Don’t allow them to be stolen.

The T-top was patented by Gordon Buehrig on June 5, 1951. The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe was the first U.S.-built production automobile to feature a T-top roof. This increased the popularity of the coupe, such that it outsold the convertible and later led to the discontinuation of the Corvette convertible after 1975 until it was revived in 1986. Post-C3 models were built with a targa top instead of a T-top.

The T-top was made famous in the movie Smokey & the Bandit, mainly because the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in the movie was outfitted with a T-top.

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