Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, Hydraulic or Muscle Convertable Top/new member question in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I'm presently bidding on a 1989 Allante. I own a 1992 Eldo; can you folks tell me if the Allante's ...
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I'm presently bidding on a 1989 Allante. I own a 1992 Eldo; can you folks tell me if the Allante's convertable top is hydraulic or muscle driven?
Thanks, ccmarvin (AKA: Newest Guy on The Block)
Softop is manual. On the '89 it has a power rear latch and pull-down.
90-92 also have power front pull-downs.
However, in all cases, the actual folding/unfolding is manual.
The downside is you have to get off your duff to put the top up/down.
The upside, beyond less mechanical things to break, is that the top, when folded, takes up remarkably little room, which is why the Allante can hold two people and a load of groceries, and still have the full trunk empty. You can carry an amazing amount of luggage in an Allante, especially for two people.
With practice, the top can be put up/taken down very quickly compared to a power top too. Of course, you have to be careful about getting caught in a sudden downpour, since you have to stop and get out to put up the top.