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It was April Fools’ Day, so Honda UK played the fool and chopped the top from its most pop­u­lar SUV to cre­ate the CR-V Road­ster. Com­pletely un­re­lated to the S660, a lit­tle Honda road­ster sold in Ja­pan, the al­fresco CR-V has no roof what­so­ever, so its fab­ric canopy can only be a “fit­ment” of imag­i­na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the ve­hi­cle’s imag­i­nary project leader by the name of Eipuriru­furu (“April Fool” in Ja­panese), “This CR-V opens up an en­tirely new non-ex­is­tent mar­ket. Our sales tar­get is some­what con­ser­va­tive to start with, at zero cars, but we are con­fi­dent that once the mi­nor glitches are ironed out, such as the lack of roof and the fact it is to­tally struc­turally un­sound, the CR-V Road­ster will fly out of show­rooms.”

The clos­est thing to Honda’s hu­mor­ous hoax would be the Nis­san Mu­rano CrossCabri­o­let (right), but it wasn’t a cool joke only for the month of April – the cross­over con­vert­ible was pro­duced for (thank­fully) just the US mar­ket a few years ago. More freaky than funky, the odd­ball soft-top SUV made the 370Z Road­ster look like a rock­star.

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