Removing the roof of a car is something that, over time, has been increasingly common, although it is a process that is not so common in different types of cars. The Convertible SUV, for example, we can count them on our hands: the peculiar Nissan Murano, the Range Rover Evoque, he Volkswagen T-Roc… But before all of them there was one that surely many do not remember, the Honda CR-V convertible.
If you are from the group that did not know of its existence, do not feel guilty, since it is a true rarity of which only a single copy was manufactured.
It was 1998 and in that year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show this peculiar version of the Honda, what was created by Valmet, who already had enough experience in the development of this type of systems, since he had been in charge of the Porsche Boxster and the Saab 900 convertible.
Broadly speaking, it conserved the structure of a Conventional Honda CR-V, keeping the lower half of the car intact, to which, yes, both the rear light clusters (which had to be relocated, since in the original they were very high) and a spare wheel covered only halfway were added; and the top one from the front to the C-pillar, but it replaced the hard top with a soft top with a rather peculiarly shaped plastic rear window.
It opened at the touch of a button, initiating a rearward folding process that revealed a safety arch located above the rear seats. It should be noted that the hood was not hidden in any compartment, but remained exposed to view.
Fortunately or unfortunately, the Honda CR-V convertible had no further travel and the idea was never carried over to a production model.