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.
Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).
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.