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      02-25-2018, 11:27 AM   #1
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Favorite Convertible?

Over the last 8 years I have owned 3 different convertibles, and many years ago I owned a couple others. Each was good in its own way, some practical, some not at all.

1981:
1968 VW Beatle, with a Myers Manx knock of fiberglass tub and a home made convertible top. I had this at 18 years old, and lived in Oregon. It was not practical, but I was a kid: Lots of fun to drive, loud and slow. This lasted a year and maybe 1500 miles.



1985:
1964 Buick LeSabre.
It was a giant boat, held six full sized adults, plus 3-4 in the trunk and got 10 miles per gallon. I owned this 2 years and 6K miles.


1988:
1981 Fiat X-19 Targa.
Sort of a convertible, it was fun to drive, but slow, prone to dying in traffic, and completely impractical. I had it about a year and 2K miles.


Big gap in years as I got married, had a kid, divorced, retook up bikes, etc.

2009:
2008 Saturn Sky Redline.
I had this for six years. It was fast, handled great and a blast to drive. It had a manual top that required you to get out of the car to deploy or put up, a trunk the size of one GS pannier, and was not a great distance car. I put just 20K miles on it in 6 years, with the first year seeing 12K miles.







2016
2005 Mercedes CLK 500.
I got this for practicality. It was 4 seats, had a usable trunk, automatic top, great power, and pretty luxurious. It also was a lot like a boat to drive, especially after the Saturn. It wallowed and floated. A great distance car, and very comfortable. But a little uninspiring to drive. I had it 2 years and around 5000 miles.







2018
2011 BMW 128i Convertible.
I picked this up a few weeks ago. It has a 3.0 6 cylinder naturally aspirated motor, 7 speed trans, 230hp and is pretty quick, but not particularly fast. It has a 2 plus two kind of seating. I can ride in the back, but it is tight. Not great for anyone tall, but perfect for my wife and I, and to take a friend or two short distances. It rides and drive between the Sky and Mercedes. It handles very well without being overly stiff, so a good tourer and can handle the curves, especially in sport mode. It has a reasonable trunk and automatic top, plus all modern features. Likely the perfect blend of cars for me.






So, what is/was your perfect convertible?
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      02-25-2018, 12:15 PM   #2
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      02-25-2018, 07:42 PM   #3
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My favorite? Good question....I gotta say I still have a weak spot for my first. Purchased in 1966, it's a '61 TR3.



And while I think I'm actually more of a coupe kind of guy, today I still have fun with these two 60's convertibles.



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      02-25-2018, 08:02 PM   #4
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My favorite? Good question....I gotta say I still have a weak spot for my first. Purchased in 1966, it's a '61 TR3.



And while I think I'm actually more of a coupe kind of guy, today I still have fun with these two 60's convertibles.



Great collection!
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      02-25-2018, 08:50 PM   #5
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Over the last 8 years I've owned 1 convertible (my current z4).
So it must be doin' something good

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      02-25-2018, 09:41 PM   #6
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      02-26-2018, 12:51 AM   #8
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I love all convertibles.

R129 Merc, Bimmer Z3, and every gen Boxster are my favorites.
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Miata. I'm on #3.

I do enjoy driving my friend's '63 Impala SS vert, though.
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I like my Stingray targa:
That's not a vert. They make C7 verts too.
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My Ragtop

After years of owning old British and fancy new German sport cars, I wanted something that could be pulled out of the garage on a occasional summer day and would start, run well, and not require pouring cash into on a regular basis. Not crazy acceleration, but handles like a go-kart. Have had this Honda S2000 for ten years, only needed fluid changes and tires! It's a Honda !
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That's not a vert. They make C7 verts too.
Someone else showed a targa so I figured it qualified. I can take the top off, just not as fully as the C7 vert.
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My only one. I will own another someday.
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r171 slk55 AMG.
Yes I love this car too despite being considered a woman’s car.
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