ES­TAB­LISHED 1895

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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

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