Nagaoka : The City Cabriolet looks great. I drove one for around six years before letting it go, but searched for another one because I liked it so much. If I remember correctly, the City Cabriolet was designed by Pininfarina.
Kigoshi : Pininfarina designed the body and soft-top, areas which we were inexperienced in. The soft top was initially too tall, so we rebuilt it
Nagaoka : So you changed Pininfarina's design?
Kigoshi : Yes.
Nagaoka : The City Cabriolet looks great, but isn't very fast.
Kigoshi : It is a heavy car, and isn't very rigid. The steering is heavy, and it wasn't particularly fast, but it was a pleasure to ride. At the time it was called “Tall boy” because of its height, but compared to modern mini-vehicles, I think it's quite normal.
Nagaoka : It has a feel that's hard to describe.
Kigoshi : When it was released there weren't many four-seat open cars, making it stand out.
Nagaoka : I used to be involved in Honda's TV commercials and web projects.
Early actual model. Rear visibility with the soft top down is poor. Later model bodies were based on CITY TURBOⅡ (Bulldog) to emphasize sportiness.
Rendering showing ultra-short nose and large cabin