Tag: Convertibles

Rare Rides: A Very Rare De Tomaso Guarà Barchetta From 1995

<img data-attachment-id="1667758" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description=" https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667758″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg” alt width=”550″ height=”413″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-120×90.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px”>The Rare Rides series has broached the subject of De Tomaso a few times before. The luxurious Longchamp coupe was accompanied […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Old Man Garage Queens From the Early 2000s

<img data-attachment-id="1665930" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Wieck","camera":"","caption":"2005 Chevy SSR. X05CT_SR004","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"2005 Chevy SSR","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Chevy SSR" data-image-description=" GM ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1665930 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Once upon a time in the early 2000s, a special convergence of factors […]

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Rare Rides: A Hudson Commodore Brougham From 1950, Complete With Celebrity Ownership

Today’s Rare Ride hails from a time when American cars were glamorous — and often painted pink and bright green. It was a time when Brougham meant real luxury, and not just a vinyl roof accompanied by the faint glow of an opera lamp. Even with a tame white and brown color scheme, today’s convertible […]

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Rare Rides: A 2003 Mazda Roadster Coupe That’s Not for Americans

Mazda has always been fond of making special edition trims of the MX-5 Miata. In 2003, the engineers in Hiroshima decided to put together something a bit more unique than the usual colored trim/new wheel design combo. Presenting the 2003 Roadster Coupe. Mazda’s original Miata (NA) debuted to critical and customer acclaim for the 1990 […]

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Rare Rides: A Mustang-y Aston Martin V8 Volante From 1988

The Rare Rides series is fond of Aston Martin, and has previously featured a Lagonda, Virage, and a bespoke V8 shooting brake. Today we have a look at the closest the brand ever got to making a British Mustang. It’s a V8 Volante from 1988.Aston Martin’s V8 was one of the longest-lived offerings for the […]

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Bye, Bye, Buick: A German-American Convertible Prepares to Exit the Stage

Everyone knew this was coming, but now it’s official. The current model year will be the Buick Cascada’s last. Hitting dealer (and rental) lots in the U.S. at the dawn of 2016, the Opel-built drop top motivated its two-ton weight with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder — an engine that gave away the model’s European heritage. […]

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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1997 Toyota Paseo of the Cabriolet Variety

Today’s Rare Ride is the rarest version of an already rare economy car. It’s a sporty and simple Toyota Paseo cabriolet, hailing from 1997. Toyota first offered the Paseo in 1991 as a sporty replacement for the deceased two-door Corolla. The Paseo and its more economically-minded and serious Tercel sibling rode atop the Toyota Starlet […]

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Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’

TTAC Commentator NoChryslers writes: Enjoy the website very much… so here are some questions. Why are interior and exterior color choices so limited right now? You have to pay extra for anything special. (Even then, good luck getting the carpet to match the drapes — SM) Seems to have started in the ’90s and we’ve […]

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Rare Rides: The 1991 Lotus Elan, With Power by Isuzu

The Rare Rides series has featured a couple Lotus-related items before. The first was this Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was an Isuzu with some Lotus badges on it. Then came the Elite, which was a real Lotus. Today we take a look at the Elan, which mixes it up with Lotus badges and an Isuzu […]

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Rare Rides: South of the Border Waits an MG TF From 2003

MG marked a return to its roadster roots after a long slumber with its 1990s F model. Wanting more, they developed it into today’s Rare Ride, a TF from 2003.The MG brand had been on a long hiatus ever since it stopped production of the (now) classic MGB convertible after the 1980 model year. After […]

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QOTD: Manufacturer Cooperation – Cash Saver, or Corrosive Cancer?

Cooperation and borrowing between auto manufacturers is nothing new, and it isn’t always a bad thing. For example, look what happened in the 1980s when Lincoln borrowed a BMW inline-six turbodiesel for its Continental Mark VII luxury coupe. Oh, maybe that’s not the best example. But two events this week have led to a couple […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Super Expensive Convertibles From 2001

The Buy/Drive/Burn series has been all about convertibles lately. We started with some $40,000 luxury entries from 2010, then upped the dollar figure with three more from 2009 that asked over $90,000 for the pleasure of their company. Today we step back in time to the year 2001, and spend even more money. The cheapest drop-top […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Luxury Convertibles From 2010

Three luxurious convertibles of six-cylinder and rear-drive persuasion. Which one is worth over 40,000 of your hard-earned dollars? Infiniti G37 Infiniti followed up its very popular third-generation G sedan and coupe with a fourth version in 2007. The car was larger, the engine was larger, and new corporate styling modernized its appearance over the old […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Rare Kaiser Darrin Roadster From 1954

A two-seat roadster produced by a short-lived Michigan company, the Kaiser Darrin was a case of grand aspiration meeting with minimal success. Kaiser Motors was founded in 1945 as a joint venture of the Henry J. Kaiser Company and Graham-Paige Motors Corporation. Kaiser wanted to get into passenger car production, while Graham-Paige wanted to sell […]

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After 2019, the Only Volkswagen Convertible Will, of Course, Be an SUV

Say the words “drop-top utility vehicle” and American minds desperately conjure up memories of Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Dodge, and International Harvester models of the 1970s — anything to avoid visions of the defunct Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and somehow still alive Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet. That latter model, it should be noted, is not for everyone. In […]

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Rare Rides: The 1975 Jensen Interceptor Convertible – A Very British Chrysler

The Jensen Interceptor brought together American power and British design and craftsmanship in a rare heavyweight sports-luxury liftback. The company even made a few of them into convertibles, like today’s Rare Ride. Jensen first used the Interceptor name post-WWII, on a two-door luxury model offered in three different bodystyles. And it was a very low-production […]

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It’s About Time: The Officially Official Reveal of BMW’s New Z4 Roadster

After the prolonged teasing of both the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra, it’s nearly impossible to have any feelings left on the matter. We equate it to the rare sensation of desperately needing to urinate for an extended period before it mysteriously goes away. It’s impossible to know why or how that feeling left […]

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