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I have only owned 3 convertibles in my life "so far" the 66 Mustang Gt right after we got married Which took us on some great road trips from Canada down through the US to Mexico down 1 side and up the other returning home through the western states. My next one was when I leased a 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo with the Targa roof. Like a lot of my cars there are always a few that I wished I hadn't sold. 1989 was a good year and I also purchased my 2nd 1966 Mustang although not a convertible I kept it for 26 years and then found my 2nd Toyota Supra which I still have today.
My '07 Solstice GXP, "rescued" from the dealer's lot that Jan. and delivered by truck so it wouldn't get salt on it's shoes. That was about 35k miles ago and it still looks underneath, like it was built last month.
This is my 1967 Pontiac LeMans Convertible. Highly optioned with Hurst his & her shifter, factory A/C and vacuum gauge. Original Pontiac wire wheel hub caps. A real LeMans that has not been turned into a GTO clone. Fun car to drive and gets a lot of attention on the road. It's my first ever convertible. I'm hooked!
There’s nothing like cruising in a ragtop on a beautiful day. This 1970 Mustang convertible is my first collectible car. It’s powered by a 351 Windsor 2 barrel and a FMX automatic transmission. I fell in love with the color combo and come to find out, it’s 1 of 75 in these trim colors with the deluxe interior. It’s Still has it’s factory engine with a documented 45,000 original miles. I’ve always loved Mustangs, but any ragtop on a beautiful day makes driving a real experience.
I spent over a year looking for a first gen Camaro. When I responded to the ad for this car, it turned out that the owner lived about a mile from my house. He had owned it for over 20 years but I had never seen it before. It has been mine for the last 5 years.
Had six e30 BMW 's. Four convertibles in the mix.. A mauritius blue with grey leather upholstery was a favorite standout... We were going to a Who concert two hours away at a Connecticut casino, gambled a bit ,saw the show and proceeded on our way home... Cruising along at 65 mph we struck a deer in the cars right front corner.. Air bag deployed, in shock we rolled ahead and pulled off the road to survey the damage... Radiator was touching the fan but the car still ran... Got us flatbedded home to the tune of $400... Next day I pulled the radiator support forward and she was back up and running, after I washed the deer dung off. Never lost a drop of anything and a/c still operated... Did not have a collector policy and was SOL ... Learned my lesson
I bought my first convertible in 1975. It was a 1969 Camaro 307 auto with 70,000 miles and it cost $700. I have since own 26 other mostly 1960's ragtops over the years and currently still own number 20 and 25. I bought my 1964 Comet in 2002 from a one owner estate. I took me 2 years to completely restore it including its original 289 4v 4 speed. It is a heavily optioned car including dealer installed dual rear antenna and dual spot side mirrors. Number 25 is my first custom rebuild. It is a 1965 Comet roadster that started life as a 4 door sedan with 28 inches of its rear seat section removed. I'm rebuilding it as a funny car tribute to the Jack Chrisman and Don Nicholson era cars that set NHRA records in the mid '60's. I've owned some very nice cars and think I still have a couple builds left in me. I have never restored an import but show no bias to the big three car makers here in the Motor City. My Mercury stable keeps me busy in my retirement and I enjoy the time driving and showing them.
I’ve always loved sports cars and had never driven nor owned a convertible. Yes I had 3 kids young, got 2 through college, and as impractical as a 911 is, I finally got one. Dream finally came through at age 48. Here is my 2008 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Great to drive in WA state during our wonderful summers.
1972 Triumph TR6
Purchased in 1987. Still sports the original paint. Excellent running car that has yielded years of fun. We recently relocated from Washington state to Arizona. The car lived in Washington for the first 47 years of its life. Now it is happy to rise to sunshine everyday and the opportunity to drive rain-free! Even in Washington, the top was never up😎
While in Florida working as Electrical Engineering Manager on the Titan III-C program, I purchased one of the first big Healey's imported from England, a BJ-8 Mark III, red with black interior from the Merritt Island BMC dealer. I loved to rip across the causeway entrance to the Titan III facility at 110 mph (every work day). The guards knew me and my Healey and would wave me through the gate without having to slow down for a badge check. That gave me a running start on accelerating to top speed. What a blast in the morning air in a beautiful state! Great memories!!!
Of surprising interest, the added suspension element provided by the wire wheels allowed the car to handle the same over the speed range of 70 to 100 mph. It's a great car.
I still own the car (original owner) and will be selling it now as my wife and I want to sell out of California and travel the country with a trailer (behind a Toyota Tundra) starting within a few months. The car is on blocks, stored in my garage for over a decade now. It has 99,000 original miles on it.
The pictures show a tow bar I installed when I thought I was going to transfer the vehicle to another storage area, but I never did... vehicle has never been towed. I will put the original bumper back on which is in perfect shape (chromed bumper). The hood latch was also open at the time I took the pictures; hence, the gap in the front of the hood.
My convertible is a 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster. I have owned it for 23 years and put about a thousand miles on it every year. It's slow by modern standards but handles well and is a delight to drive.
Jim H, Evanston, IL
this is my first mustang convertible, it is a 1965 Shelby GT 350 with a modified 289 engine, it only has 28,000 miles on it, I love cruising around town with the top down, I sure get a lot of people waving and beeping at me. Deborah Rugg Washington Pennsylvania
Friend had this car sitting in his garage for 20 years, not running and missing the floor boards. Got her up and running in 2016. I have had MGA's for over 30 years and enjoy driving them when ever possible. Finally install the top this year, still have not used it yet, open top motoring is the only way to go!
1959 Corvette Warners New York
My story starts when I was 13 years old and built a model of a 1959 Corvette. My dream was someday to own a Corvette. A tour of military duty in Viet Nam, college, marriage, a house and three boys kept pushing my dream car further an further away. Well 42 years after building that model the kids are gone and I am a proud owner of a 1959 Corvette. The "Corvette Barn" (owners Bob and Nancy) a local Corvette dealership is where it found me. I was hoping for a 1962 project Corvette and asked Bob if he had anything that might interest me. Taking me into the back building, sitting in the corner with parts piled all around it was a 1959 Dark green with a gold cove and red interior Corvette. A true project car just like the one I built from a plastic model when I was 13. My wife Jane encouraged me to go for it and I did. The car sat in a barn for 30 year, was off the frame and needed restoration. The car is still in progress and I drive it every chance I get. I have 905 hours into restoration and love driving it. I tell people when I take them for a drive that they are in for a "driving experience not just a drive."
A salesman at the Chevrolet dealership in Raleigh, NC bought this '69 RS Camaro convertible brand-new for his wife but she didn't like it because it doesn't have AC, so after just 2 years she was ready to sell it and get something else. It was the fall of 1971: My dad went to the Chevrolet dealership looking to buy a convertible sports car, met the salesman with this car for sale and bought it directly from him. Dad drove it for the next 15 years until 1986 when he gave it to me as my high school graduation gift, and I've had it ever since. Never raced, modified, or restored... just maintained "as-is".
We have owned our Black over Tan 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder since new. It has a well cared for 35,000 miles and spends it’s cold salty Iowa winters in a 62 degree heated garage. The car is a blast to drive and gets its exercise about once a week. We could have traded this car off many times for something with more power then the 138 we have, but you can’t get much better handling and Toyota reliability!
Hello from Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
I’ve never owned a convertible before, but the opportunity came up in early July to purchase this 1998 Mustang GT soft top. It is originally as US car from California, with a little over 100,000 miles.
It has been an ideal pandemic “staycation” cruiser so far this summer, and will provide me with years of tinkering and restoration project enjoyment!
My first car was a black 1979 Mercury Capri RS Turbo, so this ‘98 Mustang is a nice re-connect to that vehicle, and to the Ford Pony saga.
My 1997 Mustang GT convertible in Deep Violet (Thistle),stock ex Japan now living in New Zealand. Unmolested,rust free and only 55000 genuine kilometres on the clock.
I've owned my 56 TR3 for six years. The dark blue color was only offered in 56 and 57, most of the blue cars you see are the light powder blue. Last summer, I stitched up a vinyl "Bimini" top so the sun wouldn't wilt me. It will always put a smile on your face.
Keep calm and motor on!
The ultimate convertible!! This is a 1952 M38CDN military jeep - one of 2500 built by Ford of Canada at their Windsor plant. The equivalent civilian jeep would be the CJ3A. It has an 136cid "Go Devil" flat head 4 cylinder boasting 60 hp!! With lots of torque and in 4-wheel low it will go anywhere. It original came from the Trenton air base in Ontario, Canada and after being sold as surplus it had a stint as a farm tractor - I rescued it in 1986 and have been working on it ever since - it seems there is always something to fix - this year, the front axle seals were leaking. It is a hoot to drive, and resides in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada.
1974 Mercedes Euro 350SL roadster
Hello from Alberta
After seeing this car for 2 years standing in a yard with a For Sale sign, I decided finally to buy it. Turns out, this was a car brought to Canada by a Vet returning in 1991 from duty in Germany. Repairing and restoring a few things over 2 years brought it back to life and we now enjoy every warm day with its top down
I bought this "68 Camaro while in Graduate School (1979). Had to work 2 part-time jobs to pay for it.
All original, numbers matching, 327cu/210hp with 2-speed powerglide. No work on power train. Great machine.
My love of convertibles started as a kid growing up in Iowa, riding in my Dad's 1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, it was a fantastic car! He would have the top down whenever he could, but the best rides were in the early evening in the summer, after the steamy Iowa day had cooled down some. We would drive through neighborhoods, where you would occasionally catch whiffs of different family dinners cooking. The roads along the Cedar River were always a nice route to take, where the temperature would drop a little more and the air would be a little fresher. And when we ended up at one of the local ice cream shops, it was always a great treat!
Of course, Dad's love of convertibles passed on to me, and the first car I bought was an MG Midget, followed by a 71 Corvette convertible. With two kids, more practical cars followed, but I finally was able to find my dream car, a 57 Corvette. It had been a drag car and was in pieces and about half there, but my plan was to restore it back to original. After about 30 years in my garage with no real progress, my brother-in-law offered to do it for me at his shop in Florida. 5 years ago, it came back perfect, is a blast to drive, and even though it has both soft and hard tops, they are seldom up.
So, even with owning the (undriveable) 57, I still was not driving a convertible for way too long. Then, a year after Dad passed away, I found a 2000 Torch Red Corvette convertible, it was 6 years old, but looked better than new. I only wish I could have taken Dad for a ride in it, I know he would have loved it. And the top is down almost all of the time!
Almost all my cars have been sports cars, but only two were convertibles. A 1977 Triumph Spitfire I bought used in 1979, and this, my 2003 Mazda Miata MX-5. Her name is "Matchbox", and as all Miata owners know, these cars are the most fun anyone can have doing the speed limit (or just slightly above 😊).
Living in the Upstate of South Carolina and only a 1 1/2 hour drive from The BRP and the mountain roads these cars are made for, Matchbox couldn't be happier; and her owners too!