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In chase scenes, there comes a time when the trailer of a Mack blocks the driver's path. And, there isn't time to avoid a collision. What does one do?

Answer: DUCK.

If the car is low enough and/or the trailer high enough, most of the car will pass under it safely. Except the roof and windows. The car is perfectly drivable afterward. The driver may even remark, "I've always wanted a convertible." Hence, the name of the trope.

The ''Series/MythBusters'' show this trope is TruthInTelevision: their tow cable-guided test car kept going until it left the test site and crashed into a ravine. A SubTrope of LowClearance.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v7DXgU0SCk This]] insurance ad gives us a [[RunawayTrain runaway BMW]] passing under a truck and thus being cropped into a convertible.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' [[TheDragon Giriko]] complains the limousine Arachne's Butler arranged to pick them up with after she was resurrected was too cramped and invoked this trope while it was still stationary. Being an AxCrazy guy [[EquippableAlly with the ability]] to turn into a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] does that.
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', Shizuo pulls this off on [[spoiler:Horada]]'s car by slicing the top off with a highway sign.
* Episode 6 (second half) of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has this happen to See-Through by another vehicle. Chuck didn't duck of course.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* One of the earliest known examples on film was an Opel Admiral driven by a henchman through a crossing bar, during the chase scene in 1972's ''The Master Touch''.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** 007 shears the top off a doubledecker bus by going under a low bridge in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
** This is one of many mishaps that happens to Bond's Renault in ''Film/AViewToAKill''.
* The long chase scene in ''Film/TheSevenUps'' ends with one of these. Only the front half of Roy Scheider's car gets sliced off, though.
* In ''Film/TheToxicAvengerPartII'', during the final chase scene Toxi's cab driver is unable to avoid this fate. After a moment of silence, everyone in the cab freaks out and when the driver starts ranting about how his cab's been ruined, Toxi tells him to chill out 'cause he now has a convertible and hands him a pair of sunglasses (and he does!). Oddly enough, the little Jesus statue in the back is unharmed.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' they do this to the second floor of a double decker bus.
* Happens to a police car in the live-action Disney comedy ''Film/NoDepositNoReturn''.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': When the T-1000, driving a semi, crashes into a demolished bridge, destroying the roof of the truck, the T-1000, being made of liquid metal, is able to reconstruct itself and continue the chase.
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' does this with a hearse, badly damaging the Terminator trying to cut though the roof in the process.
* Averted in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. They're already ''in'' a convertible, and it suffers no damage whatsoever when it goes under a truck.
* In ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', Sheriff Buford T. Justice has this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pHuT2666s happen to him]] when he can't avoid a truck carrying a concrete I-beam. He continues to drive the roofless police cruiser at high speed across several states for the rest of the movie.
* In the 1987 film ''Film/{{Cyclone}}'' the scene is shown [[ShootTheMoney four times in rapid succession]]. [[http://youtu.be/ChD6xK4EHWQ?t=46m49s Watch here]].
* ''Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez'': Done by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhTw0zGbkwI Sister Clotilde]] with a wooden barrier, during one of her DrivesLikeCrazy moments. It's only part of the complete trashing she proceeds to inflict on her poor 2CV.
* The 1996 movie ''Film/{{TheSweeper}}'' has this when Mark drives under the trailer of a gasoline tanker, prompting an obvious "convertible" remark from him after driving under it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11'': At the beginning of the "Die Braut" episode, a drowsy driver crashes his truck in front of Semir's car and he is unable to stop before the impact of the trailer rips off the roof.
-->'''Semir''': My Car!\\
'''Ben''': You always wanted a convertible.
* This happens in the final episode of ''Series/PerfectStrangers''.
* It happens to Roscoe's cruiser in a few episodes of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''.
* It happens in ''Series/TopGear'' with a Citroen sedan driven by The Stig as part of a test on vehicle height in sports cars (it failed).
* Mr. Lahey's car in ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''.
* Averted in the ''Series/{{Bugs}}'' episode "All Under Control". The villain attempts to drive under a truck, only for the car to come to a complete stop.
* The Mythbusters clip mentioned above begins with footage from the ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'' episode "MAIT Team".
* This happens in the ''Series/MiamiVice'' episode "Stone's War" to a car driven by the CIA which is chasing Crockett and Stone.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Happens to the girl's car in the music video for Music/TwistedSister cover of "Leader of the Pack".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' when Coop was taking a driving test at the DMV.
* Slight variation in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' when Jon drives under a billboard and Garfield makes the comment.
* Variation in the '90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, when Cyclops pisses off {{Wolverine}}.
-->'''Wolverine:''' Tell Cyclops I made him a convertible.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', the gang is being chased by the metal-eating JerseyDevil, who blasts the roof of Roland's car. Eduardo then makes the comment.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Dungeons and Wagons", when Stan, Francine, and Roger are fleeing the street racing kidnappers, Roger dumps everything to reduce the car's weight leading to one of the kidnappers driving under the tanker truck and becoming a convertible.
* Happens to Cruella DeVil's car at the end of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', while she is chasing the moving van the titular dogs were travelling in.
** Her car was ''already'' a convertible, though the top was up at the time.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Double-Decker Bus vs Low Bridge variant happens frequently in Britain.
* The Norfolk Southern–Gregson Street Overpass in Durham, North Carolina. This is a railroad bridge you're more likely to know of by its alternate nickname, the [[https://maps.google.com/maps?q=gregson+street&hl=en&ll=35.999059,-78.909899&spn=0.000931,0.002064&sll=35.98773,-78.891106&sspn=0.118619,0.264187&t=h&hnear=N+Gregson+St,+Durham,+North+Carolina+27701&z=20 11 foot 8 Bridge]], owing to its low vertical clearance of 11 feet 8 inches (3.56 m) It cannot be raised, because nearby grade crossings would also have to be raised, and the street cannot be lowered, because a major sewer line runs right under the street. [[FailedASpotCheck Despite numerous big yellow warning signs and warning lights]], there's always at least one overheight truck per month that ends up getting its roof sheared off in spectacular fashion. Jürgen Henn, who runs a nearby office, mounted two video cameras to record the crashes and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0 post every]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2QW9CiHpZA instance of this]] to YouTube. The frequency of overheight trucks trying to go under the bridge much so that the locals have nicknamed it the "Can Opener Bridge" and gained it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS7WYn0qxzM international attention]]. There is even [[http://11foot8.com/ a website]] dedicated to hosting the videos of these crashes, [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube guaranteeing that these unlucky drivers will never forget]].
* While a teenager, future actor Creator/RichardHarris was delivering a massive haulage truck to Dublin. Being somewhat drunk, he tried to drive under a low bridge in the belief that he could get through [[InsaneTrollLogic if he drove quickly enough]]. He then unsuccessfully tried to convince a policeman that the [[BlatantLies bridge was on the back of his truck because he was delivering it to Limerick]].