Posts from ‘Convertibles’
The bad news is that fewer than one of every hundred cars sold in the United States is a convertible. (I will spare you the fractional math required to pass along the number of manual-transmission-equipped convertibles sold on our shores last year, but it’s fewer still.)
While styling, performance, and rarity have been the traditional tickets to collectibility, vehicles that offer features—styling or otherwise—that are monuments to their era or simply aren’t likely to reappear also have a shot. It’s why we believe cars of the Fifties are so treasured today; their chrome, tall fins, and sheer mass so perfectly characterized the jet-aged optimism of the time, and it’s almost certain their likes will ever be seen again.
by Don Sikora
Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Since its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda’s MX-5 Miata has become an enthusiast favorite. Three decades later, Mazda came to the 2019 Chicago show with the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary limited-edition special. We think it’s worth checking out as a future collectible.
This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.
Jaguar’s two-seat sports car sees its first significant styling update for 2021, and the refreshed car made its North American debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets some nicely executed exterior design revisions, and a few other updates.
As shown at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep is going after the desert-driving crowd with the new Desert Rated Gladiator Mojave.
While most think of “off road” as consisting of rocks, hills, and mud, it can also include sand. And for those who follow that path, Jeep has built a special vehicle.
Well, it’s official now… the Lexus LC 500 grand touring coupe will be joined by a convertible version for 2021. At the beginning of this year, Lexus displayed a LC 500 Convertible Concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and the production version that is making its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is remarkably close to the show car.
Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2005 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine
The story of how Buicks came to be manufactured in Canada—including the very one featured on these pages—starts with one man. Robert Samuel “Sam” McLaughlin, born in 1871, eventually entered the well-regarded family carriage business located in Oshawa, Ontario. Then, in the early years of the twentieth century, he got interested in the automobile business.