There is an unrivalled joy in driving about in the early morning with the roof panel open and windows down.
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I’ve always wanted an open-top or convertible Gypsy but never managed it till now. My OEM soft top had started showing signs of age and disrepair. So I anyway had to get a new top done. After some deliberation, I went to a person called Antony in JC Road Bangalore who fabricates these. He uses the near-correct grey PVC fabric and the correct 0.8 microns clear film for the windows etc. Using templates and measurements from original Gypsy tops and the actual vehicle itself he fabricates it in a day. It costs around 13,000 – 14,000 especially since in my case there was some level of customisation needed. The openable front portion is achieved easily by simply unfastening a couple of buttons and velcro rolling the top up and securing it with two more velcro straps.
When the top is back on, there is a flap that covers the area of the opening so that water ingress is prevented.
Of course, all this is a bit fiddly and I have yet to prove the leak-proof nature of the new top but Antony comes with a good reputation in this space.
And it is true that there is an unrivalled joy in driving about in the early morning with the roof panel open and windows down. I am enjoying this long-awaited experiment and will try and use it more as the weather improves or whenever I take this Gypsy to the hills.
Here are some pictures.
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