As part of our Business of Designspecial report, we asked leading car designers to give us their all-time favorite convertibles. Here are the picks from Walter de Silva, head of group design for Volkswagen AG:
Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider
It's the car from "The Graduate" … very romantic! With its "cuttlefish bone" shape, it is pure Pininfarina elegance.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
Not many words required: simply Pininfarina's masterpiece for Alfa!
Audi A5 Cabriolet
I consider the Audi A5 the most beautiful car I've ever drawn. So what to say about its convertible version? The same: my most beautiful cabriolet. (Ed. note: De Silva worked on the design of this car.)
Audi TT Roadster
It is super-compact but has everything that a pure spider should have. One of the most attractive small spiders I can remember. (Ed. note: De Silva worked on the second-generation design of this car.)
Fiat 124 Sport Spider
With this car that became quite popular, Pininfarina took to a higher level the image of the Italian spiders. On top it was very sporty. I can't remember another spider that was so successful in the World Rally.