The Chopped Convertible
It’s easy to see the appeal of a Carson-topped custom: It’s insulated, removable, and best of all it gives a convertible that crisp, hardtop look. Now here’s the dirty little secret the 50s customizers didn’t want you to know: The Carson top was a heck of a lot easier to pull off than a chopped, folding, convertible top mechanism. The geometry required to get the top irons to function and look good once they’ve been chopped, can be quite daunting. It’s a bit easier to weld the entire upright top frame in place and lower the whole thing down on the body to meet the lowered windshield frame.
Maybe that’s why a really nicely-executed folding convertible top appeals to me so much: It’s definitely not the easiest way to go, and it’s tricky to replicate the clean lines of a Carson top with soft fabric, but in the end, you’ve got something unique… And that is what customizing is supposed to be about in the first place.