First let me defend myself by saying the Scottish weather isn't exactly
designed for cars with no roof! So I've not seen many convertibles.
The rear side panels have what look like interior door handles above the
seat cushion. What do they do? Part of the roof mechanism? Only noticed
them recently in pics.
Perhaps someone from a sunnier climate can elighten me :-)
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Isn't this for manual roof's, not electric, where it releases the roof so
that you can manually fold it away?
You will only find the handle on the N/S/R if I remember correctly. Maybe
the other side for non UK vehicles.
The little handle(s) -- I only recall one -- released the rear deck to allow
the raising/lowering of the manual roof. I sold my E30 manual convertible 2
years ago, this is from memory.
BTW, I will be putting the hardtop for the (now sold) E30 onto ebay in the
near future. Local pickup only, tho' will cooperate with any
packing/shipping the buyer arranges. Roadtrip anyone?
Well, I sold mine about 8 years ago, and my memory is probably worse
than yours (or anyone's) but you are quite correct. There is only one
rear handle. It is the latch release for the rear deck hatch where the
top is stored when it is on the down position. The deck hatch has gas
struts that are supposed to hold it up.
Once the cover is opened, you'd flip the entire top up out of the well,
then close the cover and latch it by hand before finishing fitting the top.
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