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Convertibles (in the First Gear series) is a celebration of the classic drop-top, from the earliest of coach cars where convertible style was the norm, to the high-end sports cars of today. Today’s convertible is a metaphor for freedom on the open road. To drop the top and feel the wind and sun and to be able to cover up again in rain and cold represents the ultimate automotive luxury. From Ford’s Model T to sporty Jaguar roadsters, from classic Chevys to modern Miatas, the convertible is a body style that never goes out of style.

Convertibles profiles more than 60 cars in wonderful photographic detail. Each car profile includes its history, performance specs, trivia, and a color photo gallery. For the dedicated auto enthusiast or the casual or budding fan, this book is an entertaining survey of the greatest convertibles ever made.

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 IN THE BEGINNING-DAWN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY lO
1901 Mercedes 14 1906 Stanley Steamer Touring 26
1903 Peerless Type Six Tonneau 18 1907 Mercedes 35 l-IP Touring 30
1904 Packard Model L Tonneau 22 1909 Packard Model 18 Runabout 34

CHAPTER 2 RAGTOPS AND ROADSTERS—1910 TO 1920 38
1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring Seven-Passenger 40 1915 Oakland Model 37 Speedster 60
1911 Mercedes 3 7 / 9 0 Labourdette Skiff 44 1915 Packard Model 5-48 Seven-Passenger Touring 64
1911-1913 Mercer Raceabout 48 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 4 8 B Five-Passenger Touring 68
1913 Mercedes 37/95 Double Phaeton 52 1918 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 Touring (Prototype) 72
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Tourer 56

CHAPTER 5 THE CONVERTIBLE COMES OF AGE—1921 TO 1925 76
1921 Marmon Model 3 4 B Wasp Speedster 78 1923 Avions Voisin C 5 Sporting Victoria 90
1923 Hispano-Suiza • I 6 B Cabriolet 82 1925 Doble Series E Roadster 94
1923 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster 86

CHAPTER 4 CLASSIC AMERICAN CONVERTIBLES—1926 TO 1941 98
1936 Duesenberg Model J, SJ, and SSJ lOO 1932 Lincoln K B Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton 112
1930 Cadillac V-16 104 1935 Auburn 851 Boattail Speedster 116
1931 Chrysler C G Imperial 8 Roadster 108

CHAPTER 5 GREAT EUROPEAN DROPHEAD COUPES AND CABRIOLETS 120
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model S Touring 122 1947 Bentley M K VI Franay Cabriolet 134
1930 Trossi Mercedes-Benz SSK 126 1947 Alfa Romeo 6 C 2 5 0 0 Sport 138
1939 Bugatti Type b / C 130

CHAPTER 6 POST WAR EVOLUTION OF CONVERTIBLES—1945 TO 1959 142
1952 Hudson Hornet Brougham 144 1955 Porsche 356 Continental 156
1953-1955 Chevrolet Corvette 148 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 160
1953 Cadillac Eldorado 152 1957 B M W 5 0 7 164

CHAPTER 7 HIGH-PERFORMACE ERA-1960S AND 1970S MUSCLE CARS 168
I 9 6 0 Chrysler 3 0 0 F 170 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L71 Roadster 182
1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 174 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda 186
1964’/2 Ford Mustang 178

CHAPTER 8 EUROPEAN CONVERTIBLES: TOPS DOWN AND REVS UP! 190
1960 M G A Twin C am 194 1971 Mercedes-Benz 2 8 0 SE 3.5 Cabriolet 206
1961 Ferrari 2 5 0 G T Spyder California 198 1993 Jaguar X J S Cabriolet 210
1967 Ferrari 275 G T S / 4 N A R T Spyder 202 1998 B M W Z 3 214

CHAPTER 9 THE TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY CONVERTIBLE 216
2010 Ford Mustang G T 220 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 232
2010 Mercedes-Benz S L K 224 2010 Mazda M X – 5 Miata 236
2010 Porsche Boxster 228

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