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Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?

If you aren’t, AutoHunter has several options for open-air enjoyment

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Despite the wacky weather many of us have been experiencing of late (for example, nearly 80 degrees as I write this but the forecast high for tomorrow is in the mid-50s), summer is coming and that means enjoying top-down driving.

With that in mind, for our weekly trip through the docket of AutoHunter, the online collector car auction website driven by ClassicCars.com, we’ve focused on convertibles.

And we’ve found several that we share for your consideration:

1968 Dodge Coronet R/T

convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal
convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Hemi Orange classic with the black stripe around its tail is powered by a period-correct 440cid big-block V8 topped by a Six-Pack (three 2-barrel carburetors) and linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox. For better viewing of the powerplant, the hood is a lift-off unit topped by a big air scoop. 

The car has a power top, power brakes and rides on Magnum 500-style wheels. The top and interior are black, with a woodgrain center console. 

1982 Chrysler LeBaron

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convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Chrysler product doesn’t have the umph of the Coronet R/T muscle car, but it reportedly has been driven only 16,500 miles since new, and it’s a Mark Cross Edition model, with the luxury leather-good fashion house responsible for the tan and brown leather seating and other special features.

In the early ‘80s, LeBarons were propelled by a 2.6-liter Mitsubishi-sourced inline-4 linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission. This California car still wears its original Pearl White paint and has a power white convertible top.

1966 Pontiac GTO

convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal
convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

OK, let’s get back to some muscle, this time in the form of a 1966 Pontiac GTO with a Tri-Power 389cid V8 linked to an automatic transmission. Power top, power brakes and steering, dual exhaust, and in Montero Red with white top and black interior.

1922 Studebaker Light Six Touring

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convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

Once upon a time, the occupants of most motorcars were exposed to the elements. Consider this 100-year-old, 1922 Studebaker, being offered in unrestored condition with its original black convertible top. 

The car has a 207cid inline 6-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual transmission, folding windshield, spotlight, electric headlamps, rear-mounted dual spare tires and single taillamp, and it rides on its original 12-spoke wood wheels, albeit with newer tires.

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG

convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

This ’04 SLK roadster has been driven fewer than 20,000 miles since new and has the Comfort and Lighting packages, as well as a 349-horsepower supercharged 3.2-liter V6 and “AMG-enhanced”5-speed automatic gearbox. It also has AMG split 5-spoke wheels

This California car wears Brilliant Silver paint with a matching retracting hardtop and Charcoal and Alpaca Gray leather interior with white-face gauges, heated seats, Bose audio and wood trim.

2002 Bentley Azure

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convertibles, Convertible weather’s coming, are you ready for top-down driving?, ClassicCars.com Journal

Not only is this a Bentley convertible, it’s a Mulliner edition built by Pininfarina and thus one of only 78 produced for the model year. Plus, it’s been driven only 13,850 miles since new.

Power is provided by a 420-horsepower, Garrett-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8, linked to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

The color is Royal Blue Metallic with matching top and Creme leather interior.

If a convertible is not to your taste, fret not. There’s more to see on the AutoHunter site.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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