There's nothing quite like a convertible to embody the power and sex appeal of which car design, at its best, is capable. Consider that even during the heights of the Great Depression, American designers dreamed up some of the most luxurious, unforgettable convertibles of all time.
Convertibles infiltrate our lives in ways few cars can. They have tested patience (and marriages), strained finances and yet, they have remained beloved even when their beauty far surpasses their functionality. There's a reason why James Bond, Benjamin Braddock (of "The Graduate") and Ferris Bueller, among many of our screen idols, are synonymous with iconic drop-tops.
The catalog of great convertibles is so thick it's difficult to come up with a "best" list. But not impossible. The debate, in fact, is of the never-ending man cave conversation variety that's right up their with greatest hitters of all time and coolest rocks bands. Car geeks never run low on passionate opinions, and that can jack up the prices of some of the best convertibles—one on the list below has a value near $9 million.
We've previously asked some of the design chiefs at the major auto manufacturers to weigh in with their favorite all-time convertible designs. We couldn't stop there. Now we've rounded up some of television and the media's top car geeks to select what they consider the best convertible designs of all time:
- CNBC's very own "Car Chasers"—Jeff Allen and Perry Barndt
- Classic car auctioneer extraordinaire Dana Mecum
- Yahoo! Motoramic blog editor Justin Hyde
- Dan Short—owner of Fantomworks (the largest auto restoration company in the United States and star of a Velocity TV show)
- Mega car fan and ex-WWE and WCW wrestler Bill Goldberg
By Robert Melstein, CNBC Development Producer
Posted 11 August 2013