Convertible weather is upon us. Among the best things about living in Miami is we get warm, sunny weather earlier in the year than most of the United States, and it lasts longer. If you’re thinking of buying a convertible, here are some of the best out there:
There’s something exotic about any convertible, but a true exotic convertible takes that ambiance to a new level. You can see this in both uber-luxury cars like the Rolls-Royce Dawn, a superluxe convertible with plenty of boulevard swagger, and in the Ferrari California T, a speedy, fast-handling car in the truest Ferrari tradition that just happens to have a retractable roof. Both made the “Top 10 Convertibles For Summer 2016” list at the duPont Registry recently.
Also on the list was America’s supercar, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in convertible form. The folks at duPont said it gives up nothing where handling is concerned — its frame is actually stiffer than the previous generation Z06 hardtop, meaning it handles more precisely.
The Ferrari 488 Spider marked the Italian marque’s second entry on the list, while Ferrari’s principal rival got on the list with the Lamborghini Huracan, itself offering a snarling V10 engine driving all four wheels for exceptional handling and balance.
Germany made its fair share of noise on the “Best Convertibles” list with the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet’s sweet twin-turbocharged V8 making an astounding 503 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque and the Porsche 911 Targa 4S delivering 400 horses to all four wheels thanks to its 3.8-liter flat-six engine. The BMW M6 also made the list — it puts down the most horsepower (560) through an active limited-slip rear differential doing its best to manage all the twist of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine.
No drop-top list would be complete without the Brits, and to that end, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante was on the list. The duPont writer noted it’s the only hand-built convertible today for the truly unique, coach-built touch and features a punchy V12 engine.
Heading up duPont’s list was the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, which the author called “one of the most thrilling open-air experiences available today,” being as it’s based on the most powerful car in Lambo’s arsenal.
But sometimes it’s not all about new stuff. Forbes had an interesting list titled “The Coolest Collectible Convertibles for Hot Summer Fun (And Long-Term Investment), as compiled by the collector-car insurance experts at Hagerty.
Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty said, “There is nothing like driving a convertible. They force you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings rather than just drive to a destination. They were designed and built to put pleasure into driving.”
What made Hagerty’s list? It started with something that might remind you of the classic film, “The Graduate”: A 1966-1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Duetto Spider.
Next up was an entry familiar to any ‘90s kid, the 1987-1993 BMW 325i Convertible, followed by the American icon, the 1968-1975 Chevrolet Corvette.
Of course no classic convertible list would be complete without another American icon, the ‘65-’67 Ford Mustang, but you might not have thought of what followed the ponycar into the list: The ‘66-’71 International Scout, perhaps the progenitor of modern-day SUVs, which was available in a convertible format.
The ‘61-’67 Lincoln Continental Convertible was next, its iconic slab sides and suicide doors recognizable by even casual classic car fans.
The ‘89-’97 Mazda Miata got a mention on the list, too, proving that for some, the classic, small roadster never goes out of style.
The list also included a couple of Florida favorites, the 1986-1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL and the 1972-1976 Porsche 914.
Heading up the list was a sometimes-forgotten classic, the ‘87-’89 Toyota MR2 T-Bar, whose short production run and excitable rear-end handling characteristics have conspired to lower the number of surviving, streetable examples today.
No matter your preference, trust the experts at Brickell Luxury Motors to steer you into a memorable open-top, sun-filled Miami summer.