OK, I'll jump into the fray now. In 1909 (WAY BACK IN TIME) Ford marketed
two models of Model T's, a touring and a roadster. A Torpedo model was marketed
from 1910 to 1912, and it's top was removable, but it had no doors, basically a
with fenders and two seats.
None of these cars had roll up windows, but both had an attached top. So going
the oldest source I know, a roadster was a two-seat car that had side curtains.
believe that this was true on earlier Ford models but don't know that for sure.
FWIW : They also marketed various coupes and sedans but one of the most unusual
was a Couplet which was a foldable hardtop coupe built around the last part of
brass cars and very early steel radiator models. It did have roll up windows
up with strap attached to the bottom of a piece of glass, and you secured the
with a belt like device). A very rare car.
At 6/8/99 11:05:00 PM, you wrote:
>Roadster: vehicle where the hood (top) can be removed and can be stowed away.
>Sell the Miata, it's a convertable, not a roadster!
>The Journey, not the destination, becomes a source of wonder.
> (Loreena McKennitt - liner notes - 'The Book of Secrets')
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