Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Ah, Ford's great new innovation for 1957, the retractable hardtop. Back in these days, my grandfather was a Ford mechanic (before he finally saw the light and became a GM man). The mechanicals to control those retractable hardtops were quite complex, and Ford mechanics had to have specialized training to be able to work on one. Granddad was one of the few that were certified by Ford to service the retractable hardtops. Somewhere over at Grandma's I came across his training certificate several years ago. I'm going to have to look for it again sometime.
Isn't it interesting that Ford debuted the concept of the retractable hardtop in place of a standard ragtop for convertible models back in 1957, but the concept didn't catch on for close to 40 years? Ford's experiment was considered a falure and they went back to ragtops.
At least their sales pitch for the idea included the cast of I Love Lucy!
Have a great Wednesday!
Posted by Missouri Michael at 6:00 AM