In the age of coronavirus, Americans have realized what a luxury it is to be able to drive somewhere. People have even gone and just sat in their cars. The simple freedom that a reliable car and a good road provide is hard to match.
With the lovely spring weather here in our area (minus those straight-line winds that tore through the county a few weeks back), if drivers have a convertible or a Jeep, the tops are off and back, and sunglasses are on.
Most early automobiles were designed off the horse-and-buggy concept and were open air and sideless. As engine strength increased, leather or textile tops began to be featured in the late 19th century. By the 1920s, steel body cars were being produced and, slowly, the convertible became a high-priced luxury item.
During World War II, American soldiers were introduced to French and British roadster cars like the MG Midget and Triumph Roadsters. The 1930s brought about the first power-operated retractable hard top. By the ’50s and ’60s, that influence was carried over into American-made cars, like the Rambler American and the Studebaker Lark. The ’60s and ’70s brought awesome muscle cars, air conditioning and sunroofs, decreasing the popularity of the convertible.
Now, both economy and luxury brands offer convertibles. There is an option for everyone. A utilitarian Jeep or a sexy Porsche 911 can both put the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
I always wanted a convertible. Once I started working in real estate and had to throw signs in the car, etc., I realized a truck was probably more practical than a car. I compromised with a Jeep Wrangler. When the weather is warm (or even slightly chilly) and sunny, the top is off. I like to run the heat on my feet and turn my music up.
Planning is somewhat required. A check of the Weather Channel app is smart. Attire and hair must be taken into consideration; jeans are often too hot. Hats should always be in the glove box, along with a hairbrush.
There are hazards at play as well. Just this week, a rock popped my friend, Alana, in the back of the head, and the next day, a plastic grocery sack flew up in the air and attached itself to the back of my seat (good thing it didn’t hit me in the face!).
The Topless Ten 2020 Convertibles
1. Jeep Wrangler
2. BMW 2 Series
3. Mercedes Benz E, C, S Class
4. Audi A5 or TT
5. Chevrolet Camaro
6. Chevrolet Corvette
7. Ford Mustang
8. Fiat 124 Spider
9. Bentley Continental GT
10. Aston Martin DB11
One thing is for sure, having your top down is a mood booster and one I highly recommend.
Some information for this article was found at Wikipedia.com.
~ Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, rides horses and loves good wine. Follow her at Instagram@LaceyHowell and on her Facebook page.