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Summer is right around the corner, and nothing screams summer like a relaxing cruise in a smooth drop top. As professional car shippers, Montway Auto Transport has almost a decade of shipping classic cars and some of the best we've seen have been convertibles. No matter who or where you are, there was probably one moment in time where you pictured yourself sitting in the passenger seat of a sleek convertible as the sun beat hot on your face and the wind tousled your hair.
Just thinking about it might make you want to hop right into a convertible and cruise away, but for the everyday driver an open car is not the practical choice. In fact, the popularity of the convertible weaned significantly in the '70's thanks to the threat of rollover safety regulations.
Though they may not be the safest or most practical car, that certainly doesn't stop car enthusiasts from admiring the beauty and emotion that a classic drop top convertible evokes. Especially the convertibles of days past with their sleek design, eye popping color and strong structure.
Riding on the winds of nostalgia, let's take a look at some of the hottest classic convertibles that have ever roamed the streets.
Ford Thunderbird (1955)
The Thunderbird, or "T-Bird", is known as the first vehicle to create the idea of a personal luxury car. Just looking at the style of this classic attests to that: it's powerful, sleek and comfortable. This is everything and anything we would want out of a luxury car today. Plus, the design of the car is low to the ground so it was easy to hop in and out on a whim. Seeing this classic American beauty generally evokes memories of trips to the beach on a hot summer day- perfection.
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 2-Door Convertible
Just looking at this car causes the mind to race. In fact, that's exactly what a beast of a car like this should do. It has the classic "muscle car" look and with its strong structure it looks like it simply can't be beat in any impromptu drag race. As part of the second generation Malibu, the 2-door convertible has a distinct shape and a rounded beltline. With its long-hood, tapered front fenders and all-around powerful style it was made to cruise the streets of a hot summer night.
1954 Packard Caribbean
Unlike the '68 Chevelle, the 1954 Caribbean has a shorter hood and leaves much more room in the back. Though this beauty came out before the 1955 "T-Bird" (dubbed the first personal luxury car) it was seen as one of the most glamorous cars out. With its two-tone interior and exterior, fog lamps and long, sleek body it's easy to imagine taking this flashy classic for a short ride while your hair blows wild in the wind.
1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe
The epitome of class and luxury, the Jaguar XK140 was dripping with style. Though it may not have been the best for cruising to the beach for fear of sand dirtying its beauty, it was the perfect convertible for late-night social cruises. Its rounded edges, flowing body style and long hood attested to its sporty class. Whereas the "T-Bird" makes us think of impromptu cruises to the beach and countless Beach Boy lyrics, the '56 Jaguar evokes a classier, more refined version of late-night summer strolls on the street.
Whether you like the classic American look of the "T-Bird" or the refined, sporty look of the '56 Jaguar, it's hard to resist the lull of the convertible. They may not make them like they used to, but we can reminisce and imagine how great it must have been to cruise around on a hot summer night in one of these classics.
By Nicole Nicholson, an exotic and classic automobile enthusiast from Montway Auto Transport. Montway is an award-winning, five-star customer-rated auto mover based in Chicago, IL. They've worked hard to earn the trust and respect of classic car collectors, dealers, and everyday automotive aficionados alike by providing safe and secure, door-to-door services and instant vehicle shipping quotes.