hard·​top | \ ˈhärd-ˌtäp \

Definition of hardtop

: an automobile or a motorboat having a permanent rigid top also : such an automobile styled to resemble a convertible

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Ferrari launched its 488 Spider hardtop convertible at Frankfurt just months after the coupe version in Geneva. Fox News, "Five highlights from the Frankfurt auto show," 17 Sep. 2015 While those bins are likely to make it to Jeep’s accessories catalog sometime soon, let’s all hope Jeep makes available a white hardtop option and fender accents for those who’d like a little more retro in their modern Wrangler. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Jeep’s Jeepster Concept Is a New Wrangler JL with 1960s Retro Style," 20 Mar. 2018 There’s no word yet, however, whether Fiat fans in the States will be able to get the Abarth 124 GT or its carbon-fiber hardtop. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Solid Lid: Fiat Shows Off Abarth 124 GT with Removable Carbon-Fiber Hardtop," 28 Feb. 2018 The Targa-style roof flows more seamlessly into the tail, and there is less wind noise with the top down and less road noise with the top up than the previous hardtop. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Best affordable sports cars of 2017," 5 June 2017 The midsize four-door joins the Stelvio SUV and 4C hardtop and spider. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018 While most manufacturers are at least flirting with retractable hardtops these days, Mercedes-Benz has decided to stick with a traditional soft-top for its convertibles. James Tate, Popular Mechanics, "2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Test Drive," 9 Mar. 2010 The hardtop roof, when taken off, fits snugly behind the two cockpit-style seats. Hannah Elliott, latimes.com, "In car-obsessed L.A. area, David Lee spent $1 million to update an infamous Ferrari," 4 May 2018 Worth noting is that the power hardtop has followed Archaeopteryx into the fossil record, which suggests the new car might offer a bit more room in the trunk when the roof is stowed. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "2019 BMW Z4: Der Supraganger," 15 Feb. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hardtop

: a car that has a metal top which cannot be removed

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