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TR4/4A Recommendation on top for a late TR4A

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Hello gentlemen, belated best wishes for 2021.

I'm back to picking at the '66 TR4a and it is time for a new top, any suggestions on sourcing that? More concerned with functional and long lasting than absolutely period correct.

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I will be in the market soon and will be watching to see what people say. As far as I can tell only Robbins and Prestige are the main sources. I don't know anything about Prestige. The color choices once you get away from black are limited. Bruce
 

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I think mine is an Everflex from TRF. It's black rubber outside with a gray cloth liner. I tried to find one with tan inside as original but couldn't. I do like the lighter interior when the top is up. I think for longevity the most important thing is care of the window when folding. I'll see if I can find a receipt in a very large pile that I normally choose to ignore.
 

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Mine's a TR4 but I'll mention it anyway -- can't imagine being in the Southwest w/o a zip down rear window. Okay, pretty useful anywhere I suppose:

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I think it is Everflex - a somewhat stretchy material.
 

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Sorry it has been to long since I did my TR 6 but I got the light tan inter door panels and extra vinyl for my seats from V B I then took a sample of same and sent to the UK for a matching top I could get any color at that time I did get the zipper window but did not think I ever unzipped it as I run top down most year round. UK is having a hard time right now but not imposable revingtonTR in the UK may be able to help
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Mine's a TR4 but I'll mention it anyway -- can't imagine being in the Southwest w/o a zip down rear window. Okay, pretty useful anywhere I suppose:

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I think it is Everflex - a somewhat stretchy material.

So top up for sun protections but windows down and rear window unzipped for air flow?
 

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Yes, that's the formula. Out-of-state trips seem to begin and end with a couple of long days in the sunshine. I also have a zip-out on the E-Type for the same reason.
 

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I just installed a Robbins vinyl top on my TR4A, and I find it completely adequate. It seems to be of good quality, and I suspect it will last longer than I keep the car.

Back in the 1960s, the rear window of my TR4A top turned yellow in a couple years, and I replaced it soon after. If the window material is still that bad, I see no point in spending more for the top. However, I think it's likely that the quality of the material has improved in the last half century or so.
 
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