As part of our Business of Design special report, we asked leading car designers to give us their all-time favorite convertibles. Here are the picks from J Mays, group vice president for design and chief creative officer, Ford Motor.
1932 Ford Roadster
Introduced during the depths of the Great Depression, this one-year only design became the single-most desirable basis for the American (and now global) hot road genre and remains so some 80 years after its introduction.
1930s Mercedes 500K/540K Roadster/Convertible
It was the ultimate statement of the most desirable German automotive brand of the 20th century and is now among the most highly priced collectibles of all the time.
1955 Porsche 356 Spyder
Purity in design even in today's context, it was a stunning design departure from nearly every other 1950s convertible design across the world.
1957-59 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB
Three of the most desirable Italian convertibles of all-time were introduced in the late 1950s-1960s by Ferrari (250 GT Spider, 275 Spider and 365 GTB Daytona Spider). Of the three, my pick is the 250GT, now ranked amongst the most highly valued automotive collectibles in the world.
1961 Jaguar XK-E/E-Type Convertible
A permanent exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art—kind of says it all, doesn't it?