Are There Any Cars That Look Better Without A Roof?

True to geography, the LA Auto Show has featured a number of convertible reveals. From the new 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible and Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder to the always open 2009 Porsche Boxster, this is one show that requires journalists to wear a strip of zinc oxide across the nose. All of these topless cars have us thinking about the vehicles throughout history that have traveled sans roof and whether or not they look better doing it. Are there any cars that look better as convertibles than their hard-top counterparts? Perhaps we're just big fans of the closed roof, but there aren't a lot of cars that make the list. This isn't to say that convertibles aren't great looking, nor do we wish to imply that they don't serve a fun and important purpose. We're just convinced that most companies that make a convertible version of a hard top (as opposed to a purpose-built convertible like an Alfa Spyder) end up making some compromises. An example of a car that never should never have been a convertible but ended up looking comparatively less stupid without a top is the Chevrolet Cavalier Z24. The Cavalier could never compete with its Japanese rivals, but the addition of a soft top almost made it desirable. Almost. (QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing automotive questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.)

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