Top Down: A Look at the Convertible

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Hands down, there is no driving experience as awesome as cruising down the highway in a convertible with the top down in summer. So in honor of the world’s favorite summer car, we’ll take a quick look at the convertible’s seesaw history.
When cars were first made in the late 19th century, none of them came with roofs, as they were designed to replicate the experience of the horse-drawn buggy—without the horse, of course. But around 1939, Plymouth Motors revolutionized the auto industry offering the first convertible with a power-operated top, the Deluxe Convertible Coupe.
Many makers followed suit in the 40s, such as Cadillac and Chrysler, but with America’s involvement in WWII, the entire auto industry slowed down. After the war, production of the convertible picked up, but difficulties in the American economy in the 70s caused convertible sales to decline more than ever. However, the super affordable Chrysler ‘Lee Iacocca’ Convertible brought our beloved topless vehicle back to American roads for good in the early 1980s.
From there, the luxurious appeal of convertibles brought cars like the BMW 3-Series Convertible and the Saab 900 to the main stage of the auto industry, and by the 1990s, every maker from Audi to Volkswagen had at least one convertible in their lineup.
Over 20 manufacturers offer convertibles today, with the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro leading the pack in consumer ratings, according to Kelley Blue Book.
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