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WHO INVENTED THE CONVERTIBLE?

The earliest automobiles were modeled after horse-drawn buggies. They had open tops (and no windshields or doors). The first automobile design featuring a closed top was introduced in 1910. Vinyl or cloth roofs were typical in the 1920s, with steel mostly replacing the fabric roofs in the 1930s as automotive manufacturers worked to make cars sturdier and safer. But people missed the open-roof feeling of those early cars. The first manual retractable hardtop convertible was invented in 1922, although that design was never actually produced. In 1927, manufacturers like Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Chrysler brought multiple convertible models to the eager American public. The first power-operated retractable hardtop came out in 1934. And the American love affair with the convertible was underway. Convertibles in California Culture Convertibles hold a special place in American culture, especially in California. Convertibles are glamorous, driven by movie spies ... read more

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