hard·​top | \ ˈhärd-ˌtäp How to pronounce hardtop (audio) \

Definition of hardtop

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

Examples of hardtop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roof opens at up to 30 mph The two-piece power hardtop can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 mph in just 16 seconds. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible shares this feature with classic race cars," 3 Oct. 2019 For the first time, the Corvette convertible has a folding hardtop rather than a cloth roof. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM unveils first Corvette convertible with a hardtop roof," 2 Oct. 2019 Ordering the 30th anniversary Miatas came down to selecting either the soft-top roadster or the RF (retractable fastback) hardtop. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dedicated fans get hands on their limited edition 30th anniversary MX-5 drop-tops," 20 Sep. 2019 In tribute to that success and three generations of enthusiasts, Audi has put together a limited edition 20th anniversary model, roadster or hardtop. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to an icon," 17 Aug. 2019 When the dust settled, the last car standing was a 1959 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1959 Chevrolet Impala: A big yet nimble car," 14 June 2019 The Mercedes, a silver hardtop convertible SL500, was supposed to be a gift to themselves, a way to celebrate their upcoming move from Maricopa to the Big Island. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 This Scout has a 60-pound factory hardtop that is made of fiberglass and takes at least two people to install or remove. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Lafayette owner’s ’67 Scout ‘a mobile man-cave’," 10 June 2019 The 30th Anniversary softtop starts at $35,915, with the hardtop RF carrying a $2600 premium at $38,515. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Mazda Is Bringing More Units of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to the U.S.," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of hardtop

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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