We meet again.
That pic is brilliant. Thanks. Obviously a "stiff" tonneau but nevertheless it is just how I imagined the finished article to be. And now my mission will be to colour code it. A red tonneau on a red car looks so slick.
I have already considered the problems with the electric windows and it seems insurmountable. I considered making a cover (as part of the tonneau) that masks the window controls with a "warning" sticker on. As I think I would Velcro a fastening around the base of each wing mirror the worst that could happen is the mirror rips the Velcro off without causing damage. I think I am correct in saying the window goes down fully on one touch auto but you must keep your finger on the button to raise fully. So not even an idiot could damage anything. But, it is not foolproof.
Yes, I had puddles. To overcome them I used to create an apex in the middle of the tonneau with a bit of broomstick. It has been a long time so it may have been something more cool but if it was I cannot remember it. Ah!! Simpler times!
Of course, the only time you got puddles was parked up. Driving will not allow puddles to form.
I was thinking that the head restraints ( which were unheard of on "normal" cars in Vittesse days) will be used to raise the middle slightly and allow a slight run off for rain.
Now, the problem is leather. Once again I had thought about this but not yet arrived at a perfect solution. Although vinyl I can remember my Vittesse seats being absolutely soaked through when some scrote ripped the tonneau off one day. They stole my radio (valueless) and emptied the glove compartment of junk. In those days we were a little more innocent and that was the last time I left it parked overnight on my driveway without raising the hood. Even with the hood up these days there is every chance some w*nker will cut their way in. However, I digress.
The surface vinyl was wiped dry but rain had soaked through the seams and the foam and filling retained water for ages. I had a wet ar*se for months. But of course the seat covering did not rot though it stank like a wet dog.
I figure that a leather seat will be the same but the leather will need a bit more attention if it gets wet. Shoes get wet but we polish them back to life. There will be so little ingress of water when driving that I am prepared to ignore the consequences. As far as attacks from idiots are concerned I cannot legislate for that. I will not leave the tonneau on overnight but if I park up and return an hour later to find a "phase one Alfa puddle" in place of my car I will just have to dry it out as best I can. Like I say, an idiot will cut your roof through if you leave valuables on show so no difference there.
As you say, each to their own.
I must be part biker as I MUCH prefer to drive with the top down. In fact my reason for wanting a tonneau is testament to that. I want a tonneau to enable me to do just that.
I have a vintage sheepskin flying jacket and a genuine Korean cat skin flying helmet. I have them because I want to be able to drive with the top down in all weathers. When wearing the full regalia I look like an absolute T*AT!!!! I mean .... I look like a full grade nutter!
However, I care not a jot.
I bought my summer toy to use in summer. Even on cold wet summer days if the madness consumes me I want to go for a drive. And if the sun comes out whilst I am fully dressed up and driving I may put my shades on. At which point Wayne, I run the risk of being scoffed at by people like you.
FYI I am fifty six years old. Way past giving a sh*t what others think. I like virtually any rock music though my tastes are WAY wider than that, i do not particularly like the bee gees and I play my Sony Walkman MP3 player on my car radio through an adaptor. We should all be very careful when we make judgements of other people. Often someone being different is due to confidence. A confidence that the hoi polloi does not have.
Sorry Wayne, I am ranting and in no way am I criticising you.
You said it all when you said each to his own.
I am with Seadart, driving in the crisp cold with warm clothes on and the top down is unbeatable. Try it. Put sunglasses on. Everyone knows the sun is lower in the sky in winter, those sunglasses are a must if only for health and safety.