The 5 Most Fun to Drive Convertibles Ever Made
Posted by: Lydia on 12/07/2017
Cars come in all shapes and sizes, fulfilling many purposes. In our day-to-day, most of this trends towards the functional. Cars get us to work, from home to the store and back, and the kids from school to sports practice. This is entirely OK, and what cars are intended for.
But we still shouldn’t forget that driving is meant to be fun and to be celebrated. With luxury car sales rising 11 per cent in Australia during 2016, it's clear that many across the Great Southern Land agree. There are cars that are created with this concept in mind, designed to deliver fun and put a huge smile on your face - and none say ‘fun’ quite so much as convertibles. Here are 5 of the best convertibles that will always leave you longing to turn the key and start the engine.
1. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is the quintessential starter car for fun in the convertible world. Beloved as soon as it left the assembly line, it remains extremely popular the world over even years after it won universal stardom with Steve McQueen in Bullitt. That’s the best thing about the Mustang - its appeal is just the same today as it was when it was first released.
Unapologetically brutish and powerful, the Mustang is at its finest when pointed in a straight line somewhere and driven in that direction til day’s end. With the unique roar of its engine and aggressive contours of its body, this is a car to celebrate all muscle cars that also serve as fun convertibles.
2. Porsche 911
Making a claim to be the most famous convertible in Europe is no easy task, but the Porsche makes a strong case. Where the Mustang is bold and big, the Boxster is lean and trim. Do not mistake fitness for absence of power, though. Designed in Germany and honed by generations of driving on the speed-limit-free Autobahn, the Boxster is the perfect vehicle for those who prize tradition and heritage in their convertibles.
3. MINI Cooper Convertible
So far the cars on our list have been powerhouses. Sure, you can drive them in the suburbs, but they are at their very best on an open freeway. The MINI Cooper is the opposite.
Rather than being held back in the tiny city streets and alleys, it is here the MINI is at its best.
True, it's no secret the MINI has long held something of an odd reputation among car aficionados. In a world of speedy convertibles, many may ask where this one fits in. The answer is, in its own unique spot. Driving a MINI Cooper is not like driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but that’s why it’s so fun. In the right environment, with the right mindset, there is nothing more fun than a sleek and responsive MINI convertible.
4. Mazda MX-5
Like the Porsche in Europe, Mazda’s fandom in Japan has always been tested against the giants of Toyota, Lexus, and Honda. It’s all the more reason the MX-5 is so fantastic. For those looking for a car that provides a blend of the zip of American sports cars with the urban sensibilities of the MINI, the MX-5 is a wonderful happy medium. The MX-5 is a pleasure to drive, with a gorgeous design to boot. The MX-5 is also a very affordable car for those who wish to add a weekender to their garage.
5. Jaguar E-Type
Often credited as one of the most beautiful cars ever created, getting your hands on a Jaguar E-Type is sure to upgrade your Sunday drive. There’s no getting around it, these vehicles are rare, and have an expensive price tag to match.
Nonetheless, it’s because of their vintage and their iconic status among 1960s vehicles that the Jaguar is such a pleasure to drive. It’s one of those vehicles that has a place on many people’s “bucket lists.” However you find yourself able to drive one - provided you don’t go all Gone in 60 Seconds to get one - you’ll surely not forget it.
Whether you’re looking to buy, just hire for the weekend, or perhaps even restore a convertible, it's important to keep some things in mind. Be sure the roof actually works when it expands and retracts. Nothing is worse than getting caught in the rain only to find out you cannot cover up.
Also be sure to take your new ride out for a spin at high speed. Keep it nice and legal of course, within speed limits. It is important to do this, though, as while every convertible can be a little noisy once you speed up, some are louder than others. All the cars we’ve featured here are pretty good in this regard, but personal preference means you may find one more enjoyable to drive top down over another.
Finally, always be mindful of your surroundings. Parking your convertible in a public space with good foot traffic will usually prevent a thief or vandal from taking an interest in your car. Nonetheless, it is always good to take precautions, and unless parking at home (or in a very remote location like a coastal beach), ensure you put the top up before you walk up.
The Top is Down and Life is Looking Up
Convertibles occupy a special place in our car culture because they combine some of the things we love most in our daily lives: fashion, sunshine, and excitement. While it might be hard to make a convertible that isn’t fun to drive, these 5 on our list are particularly special. These Porsches, Mustangs, MINIs, Mazdas, and Jaguars have each won acclaim around the world.
If you have already driven one or all of these, you know what the fuss is all about. If you are yet to drive one? There’s never been a better time to get started. At the end of the day, sometimes driving can just be about getting from A to B, but it’s when you have the time to truly enjoy the ride that having the right vehicle matters the most. Pick one here and start your engine.
What other convertibles have you found fun to drive? Let us know in the comments below: