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TOP 10 CLASSIC DROPTOPS

Originally published on www.hagerty.com

There’s nothing quite like driving a convertible. They force you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings rather than just drive to a destination. In fact, they were designed and built with pleasure driving in mind. Now that summer is here with a vengeance, check out this list of classic convertibles that provide the broadest range of fun, value and stop-them-in-their-tracks good looks.

  1. 1966–67 Alfa Romeo Giulia Duetto Spider: A production run of several decades means both maintenance and cost-of-entry are low for fun drivers. Over time, the general look and feel remained true to the original design, so that the Spider feels like a classic no matter which model year you’re driving. An affordable taste of ‘la dolce vita.’ 1966 Giulia Duetto Spiders start at $25,700.
  2. 1987–93 BMW 325i Convertible: BMW launched its “Ultimate Driving Machine” slogan in the 1970s, but the 1980s E30 helped make it a household expression. The M3 is well past “affordable” by now, but the 6-cylinder 325i convertible can still be bought with a credit card. Most in the US were equipped with automatic, but savvy searchers will be able to locate one with 5-speed to help deliver on the old ad tagline. 1987 BMW 325i Convertibles start at $8,500.
  3. 1968–75 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: An American stalwart, the C3 Corvette had a short run as a convertible (the model was built for 7 years as a coupe only), but high production numbers and low upkeep costs guarantee an affordable example resides nearby. 1971 Corvette Convertibles start at $23,700.

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