Convertibles are the ultimate luxury toy, everyone who drives and has just the right amount of money to spend is sure to go head first into an auto dealer looking to find that daring piece of design on wheels to boost the ego. The gilded Packards and Duesenbergs of of the 20’s years gave way to the tail-finned cruisers of the optimistic Jet Age. Sleek European roadsters and Detroit muscle cars were all the rage during the 1960s. But then convertibles somehow just faded out with the fuel crises and economic malaise of the ’70s.
All of that changes circa 1989, when the Mazda introduced us to the Miata and shook loose memories of MGs, Austin-Healeys, and other romantic British roadsters. Many were the ones who tried to follow on that trend, including newfangled hardtop convertibles that offered the practical lure of seamless year-round driving. But hardtops made for a great design challenge, to maintain their functionality without stealing any cargo space when they tuck into the trunk, and the bulky mechanisms can also require wide-hipped bodies to make it all fit. Making a long story short, that is mostly the reason why soft-tops are staging a modest comeback. Designers favor fabric tops that can more closely mimic the alluring silhouette of a coupe roof. These precisely fitted covers now feature multiple layers and insulation to keep noise and weather at bay.
Hardtop or soft, when the sun shines over the ocean on that not so distant beach you cannot escape the urge for that summer drive, practicality is the last thing on a convertible-lover’s mind. At that hair-mussing moment, it’s all about style, sensation, and speed, in any order you choose. For your delight and costumer comfort we bring you the best choices in luxury convertibles for the 2015 summer.