Posts from ‘Convertibles’

Aug
13
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring

Consumer Guide Automotive

Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension.

Jul
26
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, 2019 Maserati Lineup

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Some may not know that Alfa Romeo and Maserati — both upscale Italian brands — are part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), and thus “corporate cousins” to Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. But that’s about where the similarities end.

Jul
25
1941 Packard One Sixty Deluxe Convertible Coupe

1941 Packard One Sixty Deluxe Convertible Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Packard’s policy of gradual styling changes helped it to maintain a gold standard of resale value and allowed owners to keep their cars longer without looking dated. This linear styling policy served Packard well until the Forties. By then, though, American car design was changing at an incredible rate. Packard’s unhurried design evolution couldn’t keep up with the pace, and by ’41, its cars looked old fashioned.

Jul
12
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara in Black Clear Coat

2015 Audi Q52018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 700

Fuel used: 35.7 gallons

Jul
07
2016-2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Since news of “dieselgate” broke in September 2015, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel engines and the software that enabled emissions-test cheats have received tremendous attention. It’s probably an understatement that the resulting avalanche of bad press has overshadowed the company’s new-product news.

Jul
06
2018 Fiat 124 Classica, 2018 Fiat 124

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica in Chiaro Silver Metallic

Quick Spin

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 236

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Jun
23
2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S in Bottle Green Metallic

 

2015 Audi Q52018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 324

Fuel used: 12.1 gallons

Jun
20
1913 Chevrolet Type C Tourer

1913 Chevrolet Type C Tourer

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The first Chevrolet doesn’t seem like a Chevy. It wasn’t reasonably priced or modestly sized. It didn’t have an overhead-valve engine. It didn’t even wear a bowtie badge.

Apr
20
2006 Chevrolet SSR

2006 Chevrolet SSR

The 2003-2006 Chevrolet SSR was a retro-styled convertible pickup truck, though the vehicles with which it shared its basic architecture were none of the above. It would not surprise me if the SSR was the product of a truth-or-dare game gone horribly wrong, and a group a General Motors engineers found themselves at the losing end of a sinister “dare.”

Feb
27
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief in “Gobi” tan

2015 Audi Q52017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief 4X4

Class: Compact SUV

Miles driven: 294

Fuel used: 18.6 gallons

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