Monday, October 12, 2015

Top Old Convertibles They Should Bring Back

We spend a lot of time around here talking about our all-time favorite convertibles. There’s a lot to talk about — the ones we always wanted when we were younger, the dream car, the one we have a sentimental attachment to. But there are few subjects that get us more excited than which convertibles deserve to be brought back to their old glory. Here are our top picks for convertibles that deserve an encore:

1. Duesenberg Model J — Manufactured from 1928 to 1937, the Model J was one of the biggest, fastest, most expensive cars made during its time. With a motor based on Duesenberg’s popular racecar engines, this car had a top speed of 119 miles per hour. But it wasn’t just fast — the Duesy was elegant in a way most cars of its time weren’t. You can bet we’d be thrilled to snap one of these up if they made a revival.

2. British Motor Corporation’s MGB — For its time (1962-1980), the MGB had one of the most innovative designs available. This classic car balanced lightweight design with power, going from 0-60 mph in just 11 seconds. But the MGB wasn’t just powerful, it was also safe: The MGB was one of the first cars to use controlled crumple zones to protect drivers and passengers during an accident.

3. 1964 1/2 Ford Mustangs — Okay, so maybe you can still buy a Ford Mustang today, but the 1964 ½ Mustangs were something special. Released mid-model-year (thus the ½), these beautiful cars look like a ’65 Mustang from far away, but when you look closely, you’ll notice a world of differences that any true car aficionado can appreciate, from headlights to generator chargers.

4. Austin-Healey 100s, 3000s and Sprites — The lovechild of two well-known sports car makers, the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and the Donald Healey Motor Company, Austin-Healey created some of the most distinctive convertibles from 1952 to 1972. These adorable two seaters were instantly recognizable from the front and the Sprite in particular became known across the US as the Bugeye because of the placement of its headlights.

Bonus: Jaguar XK-E Roadster — From 1961-1975, these stylish convertibles ruled the road. They featured a notably long front and almost unheard-of speed, topping out at 150 miles per hour and boasting a sub-7 second 0-60 time. Luckily for us, Jaguar brought the Lightweight E-Type back in 2014 by making six more for established Jaguar collectors.

What convertible would you like to see make a resurgence? Let us know in the comments below!

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