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A convertible (from the French cabriolet ) is a light -horse carriage with only two wheels. In the case of stagecoaches , the front section with only one row of seats was called a cabriolet.

The term then passed to the light, open-top motor vehicles and gradually became obsolete. Today this type of motor vehicle is called a convertible .

The reverse development of the notation can be found in the standards of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN e.V.) . In the spelling "Cabriolet" the term was defined in the German standard DIN 70011 from March 1959 and had to have a retractable or retractable folding top with upper and side window seals. In April 1978 this standard was incorporated in a revised form in DIN 70010. The term was given the spelling "Cabriolet", the folding top was defined as follows: The top can be folded back (on top or retractable), optional roll bars were expressly mentioned. The May 1990 edition stated: Roof, fixed or flexible with at least two positions: closed and open or removed. The current edition of the standard dates from March 2001.

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