Life is all about compromise, and in the automotive world nothing represents a bigger compromise than a convertible. In exchange for the ability to drive under the Sun, Moon, and the stars, we have to put up with noise, decreased zombie protection, and the chance we’ve left the top down when it begins to rain. And one of the biggest tradeoffs is the fact that even the best looking coupe usually looks like ass when its metal roof is replaced by one made of fabric.
The fact that a convertible roof must serve at least two functions – the ability to reasonably keep out the weather and at least the most feeble of brain-seeking living dead, and be able to retract sufficiently to allow unfettered access to being shat upon by pigeons – means that looking good when erect (stop yer’ giggling) is not frequently also on the table. That being said, some cars are able to pull it off better than others.
The question for today then is which car does that pulling-off the best? Discounting hard-roofed drop tops, which have their own compromises with which to deal, which convertible in your book looks the best with its top up?
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