The idea is fine, it was the execution that failed. Aside from the mechano set look, the factory made something that wouldn't break down enough to leave any luggage space in the back of the car. We know it was possible to do that as one owner has done it.Since the hard top does not fit inside the car this seems the perfect solution, and a must have, when driving around during days that is just might rain.
DeepBlueGXP Wicked coupe.I was considering getting my top recovered. Yes, it's new still, but I though it would be neat to get it white to match. Maybe even the blue stripe on it too.
It was a matter of choice, instead of making a top that flaps and perhaps leaks, all I can say is ours is pretty darn quiet, no flap, looks good from the inside, much like the hard top and likely no leak. The tradeoff to how it was built is the storage.I still want them to figure out how to weld the top on, not build a soft top!!
Seriously though, you can make up a soft top that covers the gap - Triumph did it in 1962 and called it a Surrey top. If GM had half the brains they could have done it as well. It is a fabric piece that snaps to the windscreen and the fixed rear portion (very much like the Solstice coupe).
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Triumph solved it and 50 years later GM screwed it up. Way to go guys!
And BTW, if you have a tonneau cover (soft canvas cover that snaps over the passenger compartment when only the driver is aboard) you can drive at normal speeds in the rain and almost all of it goes right over your head. Traffic stops suck, though! I've always been a bit surprised that more modern cars don't have optional tonneau covers as they make a nice security cover if you want to park and leave the top down - people aren't as likely to want to be seen rooting around under your tonneau.
That would be mine. About to be listed here For Sale and on Ebay for $800 + shipping. Here's the original thread, that included pictures along the way (among the five pages of comments).Top sold for $555 + $30 S/H (start price was $400), very good deal for someone.
Don't believe the soft top that had been modified to fold in half ever sold, but that was listed around $1100.