Definition of hardtop in English:



  • 1A motor vehicle with a rigid roof which in some cases is detachable.

    • ‘It is said that the new car, a four-seater hardtop will have the long-nosed look of its ancestor, although the new model, if it gets the green light for production, will be front wheel drive.’
    • ‘And more recently, the company further validated its belief in this technology when it announced it will be used for mass production on MY2001 Jeep Wrangler hardtops.’
    • ‘The first BMW 6 Series lived from 1976 to 1989 and it was the last large two-door hardtop sporting car which the company produced.’
    • ‘The problem with many is limited rear legroom, particularly in the folding hardtop versions such as the Renault Mégane and Peugeot 206 and 307, where the roof takes up a lot of space.’
    • ‘‘There really aren't many hardtops anymore, at least [not] out here on the West Coast,’ Seligmiller said.’
    • ‘For hardtops, a roll bar is needed at 11.99 seconds.’
    • ‘The 2003 Chevrolet SSR is a hardtop convertible looking like an old-school pickup truck.’
    • ‘The new model was first shown as a hardtop coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn.’
    • ‘While sharing the stylish look of the hardtop Coupe, the CCS features new 18 inch wheels with Michelin 225 / 40x18 tyres, as well as new front and rear light clusters.’
    • ‘Instead of such normal teenage activities I picked her up in my '53 Merc hardtop and we drove to the gun shop to pick up my custom Arvo Ojala rig.’
    • ‘The simplicity of transforming the SC430 from a hardtop to topless is startling.’
    • ‘This hardtop convertible is fetching from any angle and will undoubtedly be a big hit with the rich and famous.’
    • ‘If a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step, it follows that the dawn of high-volume injection molded car bodies could begin with the production of 5,000 Jeep Wrangler hardtops.’
    • ‘In his photo essay of his summer vacation, Doc portrayed himself as the owner of an outrageously expensive Lexus SC430, a hardtop convertible with enough technology to fly to Uranus and back.’
    • ‘In the circumstances I was also glad it was the hardtop coupe version rather than the ragtop roadster, though less than perfect sealing round the doors and window vents meant it was still slightly draughty.’
    • ‘Being a hardtop also helps make the Libra more practical from the security and weatherproofing points of view, while open top motoring for sunny days is available courtesy of the lift-out roof panel.’
    • ‘In spite of innovative hatchback sedans, four-door hardtops, and four-door convertibles, KF sales plunged by 56 percent.’
    • ‘And so did convertible lovers who find the PT appealing but wouldn't own a hardtop, particularly one without much pep.’
    • ‘They probably didn't build many hardtops with the 428, much less a convertible.’
    • ‘The hardtop Defender is also available in the 90, 110 and 130 versions.’
    1. 1.1 A rigid roof on a motor vehicle.
      • ‘Jean Guy Cocaign, engineering manager at the Rochester, Mich., facility says that it's easier to do a retractable hardtop on a small car because of the lighter panels and the need for fewer kinematics.’
      • ‘Mercedes made a very good decision to put a retractable hardtop on the SL.’
      • ‘The standard roof on the Roadster-coupé is a plastic hardtop.’
      • ‘The retractable hardtop has been designed to fold down around it.’
      • ‘Likewise, the SSR has a retractable hardtop, engineered by ASC.’
      • ‘Some of the plastics technology that the DCX engineers are working with on the concepts is being used for a thermoplastic hardtop that will be available on as many as 5,000 of the 2001 model year Jeep Wrangler.’
      • ‘Although sedans like the 540 and estates like the V50 have hardtops that utilize the roof structure in order to deal with crash energy management, the C70 doesn't afford that opportunity.’
      • ‘Its retractable hardtop makes it possible to drive the car year-round with little concern for the weather.’
      • ‘The retractable hardtop adds to the bubbly appearance when it's covering the cockpit.’
      • ‘The challenge there is that you can't take the hardtop with you in case it rains and conversely, if the weather's great you have to leave the hardtop somewhere to enjoy open-air motoring.’
      • ‘The retractable hardtop unlatches, separates into multiple sections, then folds neatly under a hard cover in 29 seconds.’
      • ‘While retractable hardtops are not unusual (especially in the ultra-luxury segment), the SSR's is unique and highly innovative.’
      • ‘For the ultimate feeling of adventure, the three-door comes with a detachable rear hardtop.’
      • ‘The production SSR will retain a retractable hardtop, like that of the concept vehicle - a capability ‘which is ASC's forte,’ the executive explains.’
      • ‘GM designed the retractable hardtop with CTS CarTopSystems North America Inc.’
      • ‘Based on the next Corvette platform, the XLR gets a retractable hardtop and Northstar V - 8.’
      • ‘Ford's 1957-59 Skyliner retractable hardtops are collectors' items today, but fussy period electrics made them unreliable.’
      • ‘A detachable hardtop will be available in some markets.’
      • ‘Nor does Porsche produce the similar hardtop that graces the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.’
      • ‘GM selected the German based Car Top Systems to engineer and produce the retractable hardtop system and it is nothing short of an electro-hydraulic marvel.’
      • ‘One of the manufacturing issues related to making a convertible that doesn't exist in making hardtops is installing the top module.’
      • ‘One debuted roll-up windows (vs. plastic side curtains) and a removable hardtop.’
  • 2Canadian A metalled road.

    • ‘The road south was a hardtop surface road that could support armored vehicles and heavy artillery.’
    • ‘I knew what the SOP (standard operating procedure) said about keeping Mules off the hardtops (main roads), but I didn't think it was fair to keep my men in the field all night just because battalion couldn't find truck drivers.’
    • ‘Yesterday I had just turned onto the hardtop when I saw a logging truck up ahead of me signal right and pull off to the side of the road.’
    • ‘I get lost on one of the streets and end up on a narrow hardtop mountain road.’