Silver 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Forgotten Fun Targa-Top Cars That Are Affordable Now

Question: When is an open-top not a convertible? Answer: When the car has a targa-top. Convertibles may get a lot of attention from sun-seekers, but the targa-top vehicle provides the air-in-your hair experience too! But, to a large degree, many people have forgotten about the fun cars that had them. Interestingly, if a person is …

A light-blue 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3 BJ8
Sedans & Coupes

The Jaguar E-Type Alternative: The Austin-Healey 3000

The Jaguar E-Type still looms large in the classic car world, especially for fans of British convertible sports cars. True, there are noticeably more affordable options, such as the MG MGB. But they don’t quite have the E-Type’s performance or style. However, there’s at least one car that comes close: the Austin-Healey 3000. The 1959-1967 …

A green 1974 Triumph TR6
Sedans & Coupes

Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1974 Triumph TR6

Motorcycles are what usually come to mind when the name ‘Triumph’ is mentioned. But along with bicycles, the British brand also made cars, many of which competed with MG’s sporty roadsters. And if you’re looking for a classic convertible sports car, many of its products are still fairly affordable. This week’s Bring a Trailer bargain …

The white 2020 Lamborghini SC20
Sedans & Coupes

The Roofless Lamborghini SC20 Is Road-Legal…ish

While convertibles aren’t inherently less safe than conventional cars, cutting the roof off a hypercar usually comes with some drawbacks. Recently, though, some manufacturers have released limited-production cars that aren’t just convertibles but lack a roof entirely. There’s the Aston Martin V12 Speedster, for example, as well as the Ferrari Mona and McLaren Elva. And …

A turquoise 1965 MG MGB
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1965 MG MGB

The Mazda Miata is still one of the most affordable convertible sports cars on the market. But it owes its success to several classic British roadsters, such as the Austin Healey-Sprite. However, there’s one model in particular that the Miata pulls inspiration from. And it’s this week’s Bring a Trailer bargain: an MG MGB. The …

A black 1957 BMW 507 Series II
Sedans & Coupes

Why Did This BMW 507 Sell for Almost $2 Million?

High-dollar car auction sales are nothing new, especially when classics are involved. However, there’s paying a large sum for something like an Alfa Romeo BAT concept, and there’s paying $300k for a Datsun 240Z. Classic BMWs are no stranger to high price tags, as evidenced by E30 M3 values. But you can buy a small …

A silver 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder drives down the road
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Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

While it’s not exactly cheap, the Porsche 718 Boxster isn’t just the brand’s entry-level model. It’s Consumer Reports’ best-rated sports car and one of the best four-cylinder sports cars on sale today. The earlier versions earned similar praise in their day—only today, they’re priced at more affordable levels. Even, on occasion, some of the special …

A red 1991 Toyota MR2
Sedans & Coupes

A $5000 1991 Toyota MR2 Is Cheap Mid-Engine RWD Fun

Today, the 86 is Toyota’s cheapest sports car. And, as it was in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s, the Supra is one rung above it. However, Toyota once offered another affordable sports car: the MR2. The 3rd-gen MR2 Spyder is something of a bargain Lotus, and the 1st-gen tangoed with the Pontiac Fiero. The …

A silver, topless 2021 Lexus LC 500 on a coastal road.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

When’s the Best Time To Sell a Convertible?

Regardless if you’re using Carvana, Carmax, or Craigslist to sell your convertible, you want to get the best price possible. And just like there’s an ideal time to enjoy your drop-top, there’s a recommended time to sell it. Though before you do, there are a few things you need to take care of. Selling a …

A silver 2021 LC 500 Convertible sits at a beach with the top down | Lexus
Tips, Tricks & Trends

When’s the Best Time To Buy a Convertible?

With a variety of excellent convertibles on the market, it’s relatively easy to get behind the wheel of a drop-top. But even if you buy a cheap one like the Miata, saving money during car shopping is rarely a bad idea. And whether you buy new or used, convertible or not, getting the timing right …

A gray 1949 MG TC EXU parked on the street
Sedans & Coupes

Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1949 MG TC EXU

Today, the Mazda Miata is arguably the definitive affordable convertible sports car. But it didn’t spring up out of nowhere. The Miata is based on classic British roadsters like the MGB, the Triumph Spitfire, and the Austin-Healey Sprite. But they in turn come from another car: the MG TC. Not only is it an important …

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible speeding around a mountainous road
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Are Convertibles Really More Dangerous Than Other Cars?

Since they don’t have a fixed roof, it’s easy to assume that convertibles must be less safe than other cars. Is a convertible more dangerous? A new IIHS study shows that’s not the case. Here’s a look at what the study, written by Eric Teoh, IIHS director of statistical services, found about convertible safety. Sources of the data The study looked at convertible and …

A classic red Ford Mustang convertible with a white top viewed from the front passenger side.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Rare Pre-Production 1964 Mustang Is at Auction

Ford Mustang enthusiasts will often say that the pony car was introduced as a 1964 ½ model. Of that, there is no dispute. But, what many people don’t know is that prior to production, many pre-production Mustang vehicles were built. Between 150 and 200 pre-production units made the light of day. One of those rare, …

a black cabriolet g-wagon with a tan convertible top, press phot against a gray backdrop
Trucks & SUVs

Will Mercedes Ever Sell Another Convertible G-Wagon?

With the new release of the new Ford Bronco and the allure of its topless capability, other designated off-road vehicles might want to start taking notes. Certain 4×4 off-road SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner or the Land Rover Defender probably won’t ever see a convertible model. But the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon has already done it with …

A red 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata going around a corner
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Why Was the Mazdaspeed Miata a One-Hit Wonder?

The MX-5 Miata is very fun to drive, but Mazda’s affordable sports car isn’t precisely overwhelmed with power. As a result, engine swaps and aftermarket turbo kits are popular amongst the Mazda Miata fanbase. However, the automaker briefly did offer a version with a bit more juice: the Mazdaspeed Miata. But it’s a model Mazda …

A close up view of the passenger headlight on a 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

This New Convertible from Lexus Is Posh and Performance

Lexus is an automaker known for its luxurious accouterments and attention to detail. Over the few years that the brand has been around, it has become respected for both the comfort and the handling capability of its models. For 2021, it is no different for Lexus. In fact, the company has a new LC 500 …

Red 1970s Fiat Spider with a white 4-point roll bar installed
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Your Convertible Sports Car Needs a Roll Bar

Whether you prefer the S2000 or a Miata, there are plenty of fun-to-drive convertible sports cars, new and used, to choose from. And many owners install modifications to further sharpen their cars. Some focus on handling, installing sway bars, or sticky tires. Others add more power, either with engine swaps or turbocharger kits. However, there’s …

Orange 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante with the top town in front of the beach
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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Is Still Wonderful Without a Roof

Originally, many high-end automakers had independent coachbuilders design and assemble their cars’ bodies. And Aston Martin was no different. In fact, one of its most iconic cars, James Bond’s DB5, was designed via a licensed version of Italian coachbuilder Superleggera’s construction system. And to pay tribute, the company’s name appears on the British carmaker’s newest …

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
Trucks & SUVs

2020 Jeep Gladiator Wins Award

The Jeep faithful had been longing for a pickup to return to the line-up since the Comanche departed in 1992. So, when the Gladiator was launched, many embraced it right away. Others, however, looked at the awkward proportions of the bed line and said, no thanks. But, that does not mean that it is any …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Do You Clean a Convertible Top?

If you happen to have a car with a convertible top, then it’s a good idea to clean and condition it from time to time. Sure, you can run the whole car through a car wash and get the top clean that way, but over time, the top can fade and even wear out, causing …

White 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder being driven down a curvy road
Sedans & Coupes

The Porsche 718 Spyder Lets the GT4 Soak up Some Sun

The 718 Boxster and Cayman may be some of the cheapest Porsches, but in terms of driving dynamics, they’re by no means de-contented. However, the mid-engine sports cars’ standard engines have been repeatedly criticized for their uninspiring sound. The six-cylinder Cayman GT4 partially rectified this. And now, that same engine has found its way into …

A red Tesla sign towers into the sky
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Convertibles Are Real

Up until now, the only way to get a Tesla with a convertible top was to buy their old roadster. The new roadster from Tesla is not available yet, and the rest of the Tesla lineup does not have the convertible option. But, in the automotive industry, if you want something bad enough, there is …

1990 BMW Z1 Roadster Convertible
Cars

Throwback Thursday: The BMW Z1, a Roadster With a Party Trick

BMW hopped on the small roadster bandwagon in 1989, with the Z1 model. It was the first roadster for the company since the model 507. It joined other roadsters that were available in the market such as the Mazda Miata, and the Buick Reatta. However, the BMW Z1 was never officially sold in the United …

1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th anniversary
Cars

Forgotten But Affordable 1990s Two-Seaters

Many households have more than one car. Sometimes that additional car or two is for fun weekend driving or events. For those, often, a two-seater fits the “fun” requirement. Inevitably, the search will begin for an affordable one to purchase that is fondly remembered from the recent past. So, what two-seaters are out there from …

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder
Cars

Lamborghini Launched A Boring New Model Today

Today the exotic car automaker, Lamborghini, launched a new model. But, it is almost like they have run out of ideas since the launch of their Urus SUV. Nothing really new has been coming out lately. Today was no exception. The reveal was just another version of an already existing vehicle. I’m not usually critical …

Headshot of a white 1990 Buick Reatta
Cars

Throwback: Buick Reatta

It is often forgotten that General Motors has made two-seaters for most of its brands. Part of that reason is that the Chevrolet Corvette has been so successful for so many decades. So, now people automatically think of the Corvette and have to stop and think of what other two-seaters they made. But it is true, in …

2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition
Cars

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC Isn’t Exactly Going Out on a High Note

Mercedes-Benz isn’t just cutting some of its high-performance sedans. The German automaker has already canceled its X-Class pickup truck. And after 2020, one more model will be gone: the 2-seat convertible Mercedes SLC. Formerly known as the SLK, it’s a more compact version of the 4-seat SL. But why has the Mercedes SLC failed, when …