MODERN DROP-TOPS are usually sold on the dream of enjoying open, sun-blessed motoring. But the opposite was true in the early days, when most cars were roofless and owners often devised their own methods of protection.
Scot William Anderson sent Autocar a description of his 12hp Peugeot, to which he’d added a rear hood to counter anything from light drizzle to glaring sun.
The main beneficiaries were rear passengers, as Anderson explained: “I lately went for a nine days’ tour in unsettled weather and my wife, who sat behind, worked the thing up and down like an umbrella as the varying moods of the elements dictated.”
William Anderson’s cabrio