THE 10 BEST CLASSIC CAR CONVERTIBLES ACCORDING TO HAGERTY


Publish date: 2016-05-13 09:52:08
1968-1975 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Classic car insurance company Hagerty came up with a list of great classic convertibles that are a bit more nostalgic that strikes your ‘fancy’ and will surely bring back fond memories. The chosen cars has a suggested market value under $35,000, these cars are already available replacement parts and represents a sound investment in the classic car world.

How many of them would you actually like to buy??

1966-1967 Alfa Giulia Duetto Spider

1966-1967 Alfa Giulia Duetto Spider

One of the Italian marque’s most iconic models the Alfa Romeo Spider which was a long production it ran from 1966 all the way until 1994

A roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993—with small run of 1994 models for the North American market. The Spider remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. The first three series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese.

Hagerty states that the market price of $25,700 for a 1966 Giulia Duetto Spider.

1987-1993 BMW 325i Convertible

1987-1993 BMW 325i Convertible

The standard 3 series line-up from the same era was important in putting BMW’s compact sports sedan on the map. Though the E30-generation BMW M3 can be the head turner these days.

The automobile all-star in 1992 and 1993 was Hagerty’s pick; The six-cylinder 3251. For the 1987 BMW 325i has a market value which drop top starts around $8,500. In the use it is hard to find because it has rare five-speed manual transmission.

1968-1975 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

1968-1975 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

From the beginning a convertible is part of the Chevrolet Corvette Formula and it was continued around the C2 and C3 generation of the American sports car. In 1975 the Chevrolet stopped the production even as the wagon continued on until 1982, According to Hagerty the 1968-1975 Corvette convertible is not too hard to find since it was produced in high numbers. The best example is the stingray convertible.

For 1968, both the Corvette body and interior were completely redesigned. As before, the car was available in either coupe or convertible models, but coupes had new removable roof panels (T-tops) and a removable rear window.

In 1970, fender flares were designed into the body contours to reduce wheel-thrown debris damage. New were egg-crate grills with matching front fender side vents and larger squared front directional lamps.

According to Hagerty a market value of $23,700 for a 1971 Corvette convertible with a small-block V-8 in good condition.

1965-1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

1965-1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

In the 1960s and 1970s millions of first-generation ford mustang convertibles were made. According to Hagerty the 1965-1967 models as the best choice and has a market price of $28,100 for a 1965 V-8 convertible. It was legendary pony car and was easy to find as one of the classic car market.

1966-71 International Scout

1966-71 International Scout

Scout 800 Sportop, which had an upgraded interior and a unique fiberglass top (also available as a convertible) with a slanted rear roof and a continental spare tire kit. The “Champagne Series” Scout was a high-option Scout offered in the Scout 80 and later Scout 800 models. The Champagne series was another “Doll Up Scout” that featured a headliner, door panels and carpet. It has a market starting value of $10,000. These models came with four-cylinder, inline-six and V-8 engine options, and its value keeps on rising over these past few years.

1961-1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

1961-1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

With its elegant styling and luxurious interior one of the prime examples of the Lincoln brand’s glory days was the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental. It is made from 1961-1967 with its four-door drop top. According to Hagerty it has a market price of $33,600 for a 1961 example. All versions came with V-8 engines, and a rigorous quality-assurance program meant that the cars were built to a high standard.

1989-1997 Mazda Miata

1989-1997 Mazda Miata

One of the best examples of “No Boring Cars” manifesto would be the Mazda MX-5 it is something that everybody knows. Over the years we never stopped expressing our love for this Japanese roadster. In the year 1990 it is one of the voted automobile and an all-star from 1991-1997, one model of the Miata that really gave us an impression is the first-generation NA Miata. These nimble, fun two-seaters are plentiful and affordable. According to Hagerty it has a market price of $4,500 for a 1995 example.

1986-1989 Mercedes Benz 560L

1986-1989 Mercedes Benz 560L

Mercedes-Benz launched their flagship 560 SL at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1985. It was sold alongside the 500 SL with minor external changes, improved front wheel suspension new brakes and a 5.6-liter V8 engine.

The most powerful engine available was a 5.6-liter V8 with 272 hp. With a market price of $19,400 for a 1986 560SL.

1972-1976 Porsche 914

1972-1976 Porsche 914

Originally intending to sell the vehicle with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America. With a market value for 1972 four-pot sitting below $10,000.

1987-1989 Toyota MR-2 T-Bar

1987-1989 Toyota MR-2 T-Bar

In 1986 (1988 for the US market), Toyota introduced a supercharged engine for the MR2. Based on the same block and head, the 4A-GZE was equipped with a small Roots-type supercharger and a Denso intercooler. T-VIS was eliminated and the compression ratio was lowered to 8:1. It produced 145 horsepower (108 kW)) and accelerated the small car from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.5 to 7.0s. The supercharger was belt-driven but actuated by an electromagnetic clutch, so that it would not be driven except when needed, increasing fuel economy. Curb weight increased to as much as 2,494 pounds (1,131 kg) for supercharged models, due to the weight of the supercharger equipment and a new, stronger transmission. With a market price for as low as $6,200 and it has a reliable choice with plenty of aftermarket support.

References & Photo Credits:

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hagerty-names-top-10-classic-convertibles-for-summer/

 

 

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