AN­OTHER JA­PANESE AIR PORT

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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

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