Posts from ‘Convertibles’
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.”
Class: Compact SUV
Miles driven: 294
Fuel used: 18.6 gallons
Is it a car or is it a motorcycle? Because it has three wheels, it’s legally the latter. But a new version of the sporty Slingshot introduced at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show aims at leaning it a little closer to the former.
“Iconic” is kind of an overused term these days, but in the case of the Jeep Wrangler, it’s totally appropriate. The Wrangler is a direct descendant of a bloodline that goes back farther than most any modern-day vehicle can claim. The star-spangled WWII heritage, the long-running (and tumultuous) history, the unmistakable profile and styling details, and, of course, the legendary off-road prowess—it’s all part of the mix.
If you’re a car guy, you’ve likely been aware of the LeBaron moniker for a while, but perhaps didn’t have an entirely firm grip on why. Any confusion you might feel regarding the LeBaron name stems from the moniker having been used in three distinct epochs in Chrysler’s history.
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Back in the Sixties and Seventies, buyers in the market for a small sporty roadster had quite a few choices. Sure, they were mostly British or Italian, but there were choices. Heck, even a decade or so ago, Americans had several reasonably affordable two-seat drop tops to shop. Remember the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky?
Miles driven: 332
Fuel used: 19.1 gallons
Photos by Harry Kapsalis
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
Miles driven: 187
Fuel used: 12.0 gallons
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles driven: 280
Fuel used: 9.4 gallons