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 Adrian van Hooydonk, head of design, BMW Group.
The BMW 503 Convertible is a timeless design from the 1950s. It may not be that well known, but for me it is one of the most graceful cars of all time and the very essence of high-class elegance.
The BMW 507 also dates back to the 1950s. It's a genuine masterpiece. Like the BMW 503, the BMW 507 is one of the most elegant cars ever made, but it has a rather more sporting flavor. I'm particularly impressed by the precision of the design.
The vertically sliding doors of the BMW Z1 were very avant-garde back in the 1980s and they remain unique to this day. The Z1's unusual door system creates a very open driving feeling.
The current generation of the BMW Z4 was launched in 2010. I like its classical proportions and, of course, its speed. For me, the BMW Z4 stands for pure driving pleasure.
The 1960s design of the Mercedes "Pagoda" is beautifully balanced and detailed. A highly original feature of this model is the concave roof.