Chrysler Group notified dealers last week that Jeep Wrangler hardtops will be in short supply for several months, citing a "supplier constraint."
Chrysler urged dealers to order soft tops. The Wrangler is one of the few popular models in the slow-selling Chrysler lineup.
"Nobody seems to be able to get hardtops," and Chrysler has not given a clear explanation, said Troy Allen, owner of Allen Motors in Derry, N.H.
Allen said a shortage would hurt his sales, since most customers in wintry New England prefer the hard top, a $735 option.
The tops were built by Meridian Automotive Systems Inc., which filed for Chapter 7 in August 2009. They now are made by Continental Structural Plastics Inc., of suburban Detroit. Continental and Chrysler did not return calls seeking comment.