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Top designers pick best convertible car designs of all time

Image source: Ferrari North America

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Ferrari Convertibles

Selected by: Gilles, Mays, van Hooyndonk
Ferrari 250 GT Spider California LWB
Original MSRP: $14,000 (1958 model)
Average current value: $4,677,050 (1958 closed headlight model)

Ferrari 250 GT Spider California SWB
Original MSRP: $13,600 (1960 model)
Average current value: $7,665,500 (1960 closed headlight model)

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider
Original MSRP: N/A
Average current value: $8,555,500 (1967 model)

A trio of ultra-rare Ferraris make our list. Ford's Mays says his favorite is the California LWB (long wheelbase), built from 1958-1960, one of which sold for a staggering $11.3 million dollars at a Gooding auction in August 2012. No slouch either is the SWB (short wheelbase—pictured here), which replaced the LWB in 1960—one of which brought more than $8 million at an RM Auction in January. Chrysler's Gilles is won over by the SWB's "incredible proportions with its long hood… and a wonderful tapering belt line that marries beautifully into the rear fender." BMW's Van Hooydonk's choice is the NART Spider, "one of the prettiest of all open-top Ferraris." Only 10 were made and American Ferrari dealer Luigi Chinetti personally asked Enzo Ferrari for the thumbs up to build the car for his North American Racing Team (NART). The NART also had a starring role in the original "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Steve McQueen (no stranger to fast cars) and Faye Dunaway. For all these Italian beauties, we simply say: Grazie!

Image source: Ferrari North America