In 1989 change came in the form of unusual variations on the basic
Dakota. The weirdest was the first convertible truck offered by a manufacturer since the early days of Ford's Model T pickup.
"On the surface, a pickup truck with a flop top makes as much sense as a steel baseball mitt," Car and Driver wrote upon its first exposure to the Dakota Convertible.
"But everyone knows that most pickups actually live a life of leisure.
So if people are buying pickups for the fun of owning a car alternative, why not go full-frivolous and build a sun-worshipping, let's-go-to-the-beach party animal?"