ANOTHER JAPANESE AIR PORT
Twenty-five years ago in 1992, Honda had its own “retractable fastback” – the CRX with TransTop. The option added $6000 to the car’s price and 55kg to the two-seater’s weight, but saved the driver’s time and effort needed to transform the Honda targa.
Without the electric system, he would have to undo a pair of latches, remove the aluminium roof panel (which weighed about 10kg) and park it in a special frame within the boot. Even though the TransTop’s operation was leisurely (taking around 45 seconds) and not exactly effortless (the procedure still needed three different latches to be undone/fastened manually), it made the early-1990s CRX a cooler convertible than the same era’s Mazda MX-5 with the optional detachable hard-top. – DAVID TING