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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Special folding top in Day of the Jackal film

Not sure how successful this request will be, but does anyone have any idea what type of soft top frame was used on the Spider in the Day of the Jackal movie?

I read about how the top needed to be raised much quicker or easier than in a production car, but I've not read much more than that it was a one-off design.

Anyone have any info on this?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 03:37 AM
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does anyone have any idea what type of soft top frame was used on the Spider in the Day of the Jackal movie?
A magical top - erects using one arm while at a STOP sign .. a PURE movie fantasy !
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IIRC, a ‘60s Fiat 124 top is a one handed affair.

In England you drive on the left. In New England you drive on what’s left.
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IIRC, a ‘60s Fiat 124 top is a one handed affair.
As does a 105 Duetto (in original condition).

No Giulietta/Giulia soft-top ever erected with one arm while sitting in the driver's seat.

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While the tops used on the 750-101 cars may have been great improvements over other systems of the time, they sure seem to have drawn more than their fair share of criticism.

I wonder why no one thought of reverse engineering a system to replace it. I acknowledge it would have no small feat. I'm surprised that some German engineer didn't tackle the problem just to show it could be done.

Such an innovation would never have been appealing to those striving for a perfect restoration, but if it could/would have been a viable alternative, why not use it on a daily driver?

Just wondering...

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Sorry if this is reviving an old thread, but I've wondered the same thing. The top on my 101 has to go down and back to close, which means it has to come forward and then up to open. On cloudy days, I used to leave the lower bar clipped in and the "wings" buttoned with the top stowed, but I had to get out of the car to open it. Trying to watch on youtube, he has the seat pulled way forward, and the rear most bow is out of position or removed, and I think that is the trick. The top had a "mishapened" look after it is raised, like one or more bows are missing.


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I know everyone just lives with it, but for the life of me, I can't imagine that no one has been able to come up with a far better system. The roof of my '69 Midget was far easier to deal with.

We ought to hold an engineering competition to see who could devise a 21st century solution. Come on, Man!

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