According to you: 10 cars that deserved to be convertibles

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It’s pretty amazing that most, if not all, of the earliest cars were open-top wonders of modern transportation. Horseless, true, but also roofless. As the decades progressed, advancements like fully enclosed cabins, affordable HVAC systems, and chassis designs that were both stable and safe at high cruising speeds ensured that convertibles would be relegated to limited production and/or the creative aftermarket. The world isn’t fair, but could we have done better by having a few more roofless wonders? According to Hagerty readers, yes.

Thanks to technological advancements for OEM engineers and local fabricators alike, just about any vehicle could be a droptop rockstar with very few downsides. I previously covered one such vehicle that proves the point and was made by an Orlando-based Kia dealership. So I asked everyone in the Hagerty Community about their dream convertible conversions. The feedback was impressive, both in volume and variety. You can see every comment here, but we curated the standouts here.

Chrysler LX platform

Aftermarket designs for all variations of the Chrysler LX platform cars (i.e. LX sedan, LC and LA coupe) have been around for at least a decade, and the Challenger coupe looks good enough to be a production vehicle. Multiple members of the Hagerty Community are surprised that the LX platform hasn’t lost its top with the blessings of DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler, or Stellantis. Perhaps Chrysler wouldn’t have needed so many different corporate overlords if it had simply sawed the roof off its flagship and raked in the profits.

2019+ Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra convertible
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The current Toyota Supra represents a bit of an identity crisis. Perhaps making it even closer kin to the topless BMW Z4 whence it came wouldn’t help its case with Toyota purists; on the other hand, considering how badge-engineered the A90 Supra is under its unique skin, why not bring the two vehicles even closer with a shared disdain for the enclosed body?

Ford Panther platforms

2003 Lincoln Town Car convertible
Major General Murat Bektanov of Kazakhstan in a military parade, with a Panther chassis underneath him. Wikipedia | kalabaha1969

Just about everything said about the Chrysler LX applies to Ford’s famous Panther chassis. The aftermarket fashioned alternatives, while some even retained the B-pillars for extra safety. Ford itself seriously considered making a Panther with only two doors and one roof, as manifested in the 2002 Mercury Marauder concept car pictured at the top of this article. What a shame the Blue Oval didn’t make that concept a reality … but it remains another example of Ford stealing victory from the defeat that met this platform in 2011.

Chevy Monza Towne Coupe

Hagerty Community user Jimboriffic postulated the need for a roofless version of the two-door sedan available in the Chevy Monza family. Called the Towne Coupe, this little Chevy sported the formal lines present in so many American vehicles of the personal-luxury persuasion. The upright roof and conventional trunk lid would make for a perfect convertible conversion, don’t you think? 

Citroen C6

No, not that C6. The Citroen C6 is an executive sedan from the famous French automaker known for its pillowy ride and spacious interior. While the original concept car sported coach doors worthy of a 1961 Lincoln Continental, even the production model would make for a wonderfully French interpretation of the classic Conti. At least one person sees the forest despite the trees, as Hagerty Community member Ggeo suggests he is working on such a conversion. We can’t wait to see the end result! 

BMW 6 Series (E24)

1986 BMW M 635 CSi
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The shark-nosed BMW sports coupe had excellent performance for its era, putting two-seat sports coupes on notice in the process. But the E24 was indeed a larger touring coupe with room for four people, thus making it a legitimate candidate for an even broader appeal if it ditched the fixed roof. Possibly a superior alternative to the E30 convertible, but a roofless E24 would certainly be a more expensive proposition. Just imagine that iconic nose with fewer vertical lines distracting from its presence. The E24 convertible coulda been a contender.

2015+ Shelby GT350

2019 Shelby GT350 front three-quarter action
2019 GT350 Ford

Considering the Mustang is available as a convertible, why aren’t the higher-performance models available en plein air? Chevrolet accommodated sans roof motorists with the C7 Corvette ZR1, ditto the Camaro ZL1.  It seems like a slam-dunk sales victory when executed in a very limited run. Hagerty Community user Tim suggests that “if the Shelby GT350 had been offered in a convertible, I’d be an owner.”

Datsun 240Z

1971 Datsun 240Z front three-quarter
Nissan

The original Z-car opened new doors in America to the diverse brands/product offerings available from Japan Inc., but removing its roof could have made those proverbial doors swing just a little wider. It could have been a secondary halo atop the halo-effect present in the 240Z, and it clearly had the body lines worthy of becoming a convertible. At least one such creation came to life, and it proves just how worthy the 240Z was to the convertible treatment.

1970–72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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There are plenty of personal luxury coupes, but there’s only one Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The affordable entryway to mass-market luxury sported a deliciously long hood, flowing hardtop roofline, and an understated decklid—all perfect for a natural transition to a convertible body style. While Chevrolet sported a bumper crop of roofless alternatives (Impala, Camaro and Corvette) at the same time, something about the personal-luxury Monte Carlo made it feel worthy of the same treatment.

Volvo P1800

1966 Volvo 1800 S Volvoville convertible
Where are thou, Volvoville? Volvo

Unlike the Monte Carlo, the Volvo P1800 wouldn’t compete in the crowded parking lot of a local car dealership. It would stand head and shoulders above everything else—and Volvoville in Long Island, New York, agreed. The Volvo dealership took matters into its own hands, named its creation the “Volvoville convertible,” and charged an extra $1000 for the privilege. Volvoville supposedly sold 30 units before Volvo in Sweden got wind of the open-air motorcar, whereupon the corporate mothership leveraged another grievance to end production: The dealership could keep its contested name but had to stop making the P1800 drop-top. (It remains in business today as Volvo Cars of Huntington, with barely a trace of the original name in its digital footprint). Ah, the things we do to make money while simultaneously keeping our bosses happy!

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