Summer is in full swing and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with the top down in a convertible. Enjoying the warm and sun-filled winds as they tangle your hair into a wild and carefree rats’ nest is a thrill unique to rag tops.
Here at Jalopnik, we are, for the most part, big fans of the Mazda Miata. (You may have heard about this once or twice before.) The current ND generation roadster is arguably the closest evolution of the original NA Miata yet, and you may be surprised to find new and lightly used examples cheaper than you expected.
This is something I remember very clearly. I was just a kid, sitting the backseat of my parents’ car, driving along the Garden State Parkway when, suddenly, it started to pour. It was already kind of overcast and then the rain started. No big deal. Naturally, traffic slowed.
Most Americans remember the Honda Civic Del Sol as a dinky little Honda Civic coupe with a sweet, sweet Targa top. Which you had to remove by hand. Like a peasant. But in Japan and Europe, it came with this neat automatic mechanism called the TransTop. And it’s as close to a robot butler as you’re going to get on a…
The Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet is one of those often forgotten oddities of the automotive world. The recipe was simple: take the best, most powerful, final non-turbo iteration of the Porsche 944, and ruin it by chopping off the roof. Still, I sort of love seeing these things because they’re such rare, odd cars.
As a person who likes sports cars with vigorous driving characteristics, I often find myself pointing towards closed vehicles. Hardtops. Fixed-head coupés. But I must admit, gazing deep into the deepest corners of my shadowy heart, that convertibles are good.
Melissa is an executive for a Fortune 500 company and has been looking for a replacement for her 2006 Honda Accord but isn’t feeling inspired by anything. She wants style, luxury, and power, but doesn’t want to go overboard on price. What car should she buy?
The Porsche Panamera is a car so visually offensive, even Porsche’s CEO thinks they could’ve done better. If the Panamera were a person, it would be the victim of a fake-doctor who injected cement into their butt. Now we have further proof that its fans must be blind or something: there’s demand for a convertible …
We’re all wide-eyed over the brand-spanking-new Fiat 124 convertible, also known as the Miata’s fancy dress. But MotorWeek was running that bad boy before it had the benefit of Japanese reliability. Check out how the original did in 1982:
It’s summer somewhere.
The Nissan 370Z Nismo is a pretty hot sports car with a stiff chassis, 350 horsepower, and aggressive suspension. The Nismo Roadster concept takes that idea and tunes it for customers who just want to drive to their favorite coffee shop in Malibu; with an automatic transmission and convertible top.
There are a lot of stereotypes about convertible owners, just ask anyone that drives a Miata. Usually the assumptions are young, single, and lives in a warm climate. According to statistics from Experian Automotive, it turns out that drop-top drivers are older, well educated, and not always in the sun-belt.
Chopping the top off a new car is much easier than it used to be thanks to a modern super rigid chassis and high-strength materials. Car makers should get back in the open-top game starting with these ten models.
I used to have this theory that every car was made better with a convertible top. I know, handling and structural rigidity, blahblahblah, but for normal driving on a day with good weather, nothing beats the sun and the wind.
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The temporary roof for the $2.7 million, 254 mph Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is actually an umbrella. It is, though, a really sweet carbon fiber umbrella.
Imagine driving at speeds approaching 200 mph in an open convertible. Imagine a McLaren MP4-12C without a roof. McLaren's 616 hp twin-turbo V8 powered 12C Spider can do just that. We know because Formula 1 driver Jenon Button has been there and done that.
Falling in love can be dangerous, especially when it's at a used car dealership. Bethany Porter's heart went all a-flutter once she laid eyes on a black '99 Saab 9-3 convertible with 98,000 miles on it sitting at the Geoff Rogers Autoplex in St. Peters, Missouri, home of the "price smash." She was ready to dump her…
This must be the saddest photo of happy people in the world. Taken in the narrow slit of optimism between Congo’s passing from the most terrible colony in Africa to the most terrible failed state in Africa, Jean Depara’s photos of life in Kinshasa in the early 1950s show the rambunctious Congo that could have been.
The early '90s edition of the Buick Skylark contend for some of the least worthy vehicles ever to carry the Buick name. One Washington car builder has the answer to the question "What if GM had allowed a convertible?"