Toyota Convertible Top

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Most original Toyota convertible tops are made from either canvas or pinpoint vinyl. Early Toyota convertibles, including Sparlinger and Sunchaser conversions also used canvas tops. In general, replacement Toyota convertible tops are available in both Stayfast canvas and Pinpoint vinyl.

While the canvas has a reputation for looking a little richer than vinyl, vinyl replacement tops are sturdy and dependable alternatives. They are also easier to maintain than canvas, and can withstand detergents and other cleansers that may discolor canvas tops. Vinyl tops are generally available in both Pinpoint (a dimpled design) and Sailcloth, a woven-looking vinyl.

Early Conversions and Toyota Convertible Tops

Between 1979 and 1981, Toyota teamed up with The Griffith Company to produce the Sunchaser convertible. The Griffith Company was responsible for converting standard Toyota Celicas, making them roofless and ready for a Targa-like convertible top. All told, only 2000 or so Celica Sunchasers were produced during the limited partnership of Toyota and the Griffith Company.

Toyota convertible tops for the Sunchasers are available in both a single rear window design and a 3-window design. The 3-window design was also used in Corolla conversions that were produced between 1981 and 1983. The three windows are sewn into the top, and aren't available as zip-out windows.


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