Image: Ford
Image: Ford

I’ve always had a strange admiration for the Ford Streetka, the weird, convertible, Pininfarina-built version of the Ford Ka compact car. I think the tiny Ford Ka is itself a cute little machine, but I’d never have guessed a roadster version would look this good. The car is based on a the Ghia-designed Ford Saetta concept shown at the Paris Motor Show way back in 1996. Then came a concept at the Turin Auto Salon in 2000, and finally the production version came for the 2003 model year, launched with an ad campaign featuring singer Kylie Minogue.

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I’m surprised Ford never sold the Ka in the Boston area. The 6 years I lived near there, it's the only car anyone ever talked about.