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Waco F-Series: The Open-Top Trainer That Forged Some of America's First Aces
Waco F-Series: The Open-Top Trainer That Forged Some of America's First Aces

They just don't make airplanes the way they used to, huh? Inane ramblings aside, there's a very good reason modern airplanes don't fly around with two sets of wings braced together by thin metal wires and covered with a canvas materi...

 
Stewarts Shops: a Delightful Gas Station Chain With an Ice Cream Parlor in Every Location
Stewarts Shops: a Delightful Gas Station Chain With an Ice Cream Parlor in Every Location

In most places in the world, a gas station is just that. A place you fill up your vehicle, maybe buy a soda, a candy bar, some cigarettes, and get on your way. But in America, sometimes it's a bit more than that. Of course, we've discu...

 
Besides Being Great at Almost Everything, the C-130 Hercules Is a Pretty Decent Bomber
Besides Being Great at Almost Everything, the C-130 Hercules Is a Pretty Decent Bomber

News flash, the C-130 Hercules and its variants and descendants can do just about anything. Obnoxious quips aside, there's seemingly no limit to what you can shove into the rear cargo bay of one of America's longest-serving transport airf...

 
War Thunder vs Ace Combat 7: Whose F-14 Tomcat Is More Fun To Fly?
War Thunder vs Ace Combat 7: Whose F-14 Tomcat Is More Fun To Fly?

Top Gun: Maverick is a blockbuster movie that made us fall back in love with the Grumman F-14 Tomcat all over again. So much so that any military flight video game worth talking about suddenly introduced new variants of the Tomcat as if to celebrat...

 
I-90: An Interstate of Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives, and Little Hope
I-90: An Interstate of Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives, and Little Hope

What feels like ages ago, we showcased to you the engineering marvel that is America's Interstate 80, a highway that can whisk you from New York City to San Francisco in one sitting with enough stimulants and a big enough gas tank. But there i...

 
No Money and No Public Transport for Miles? This 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Gets the Job Done
No Money and No Public Transport for Miles? This 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Gets the Job Done

In the words of the great Broadway and Hollywood actor Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, it's really no great shame to be poor (in 2022 especially, it's no great honor either). But if you live in an area where public trains, busses, and...

 
Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Re-Boosts the International Space Station, Keeps Its Orbit Safe
Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Re-Boosts the International Space Station, Keeps Its Orbit Safe

As most space junkies already know, the International Space Station is slated to slap headfirst into the Earth's atmosphere sometime in the early 2030s. But we're still a pretty long way away from this day coming. Periodically, the statio...

 
Fresh Off Massive Lawsuit Scandal, Hertz Sponsors 2023 Porsche FIA Endurance Race Car
Fresh Off Massive Lawsuit Scandal, Hertz Sponsors 2023 Porsche FIA Endurance Race Car

The Hertz rent-a-car company's been in some real hot water these last few months. After settling dozens of class-action lawsuits claiming the company filed false theft reports and had their customers thrown in jail, it looks like none of it af...

 
Italian Supercar Makers are Struggling to Adapt to Electric Cars, Shocks No One
Italian Supercar Makers are Struggling to Adapt to Electric Cars, Shocks No One

When I see the latest news regarding Italian supercar makers struggling mightily to adapt to a rapidly electrifying global auto industry, I'm reminded of a conversation I once had with an old colleague of mine and a total Lambo aficionado, Ste...

 
Want a Private Jet With More Flair Than a Cessna? This BAC Strikemaster Will Do Nicely
Want a Private Jet With More Flair Than a Cessna? This BAC Strikemaster Will Do Nicely

Most private jets these days all look the same, at least to an untrained eye. But if you're a strapping young millionaire aviator with a flair for being different, you may feel obligated to check out the used military jet market instead. If yo...

 
Team Acura Sweeps 1-2 Finish at IMSA Watkins Glen, Here's Why It's Big News
Team Acura Sweeps 1-2 Finish at IMSA Watkins Glen, Here's Why It's Big News

The Watkins Glen International Raceway may not have held a Formula One race in decades. But that doesn't mean race cars in other disciplines can't put on a good show for the Central New York faithful. Such was the display put on by Filipe...

 
Two Equally Priced Drop-Tops Are at the Same Dealership, Which Are You Taking Home?
Two Equally Priced Drop-Tops Are at the Same Dealership, Which Are You Taking Home?

Let's play a little game, shall we? In the spirit of Open Top Month here at autoevolution, we've often thought about what we would personally buy if we had to browse the Internet for a convertible drop-top of our own. There are more choic...

 
High Mileage Audi A4 Cabriolet May Play Games With Your Wallet, It Might Also Be Awesome
High Mileage Audi A4 Cabriolet May Play Games With Your Wallet, It Might Also Be Awesome

Cheap Audis are a dangerous game for your sanity and your wallet. That said, the prospects of a German luxury convertible for the cost of a 15-year-old Honda Civic might sure sound enticing. No matter how much of a minefield it may very well become...

 
First and Second-Gen Chrysler Sebring Drop-Tops Need More Love, but the Third Was a Dud
First and Second-Gen Chrysler Sebring Drop-Tops Need More Love, but the Third Was a Dud

Here on Open Top Month at autoevolution, we looked at an innovative limited-production dual cowl Chrysler convertible from the late 1940s that represented the arguable technological peak of the company. Never again would Chrysler stand alone as bui...

 
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Was a Lesson in Making Drop-Top SUVs Properly
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Was a Lesson in Making Drop-Top SUVs Properly

It's been said that Sir Charles Spencer King, designer of the original Range Rover, grew to categorically despise the super luxurious "bad-n-bougie" SUV  it grew to become today. That being the case, we can only assume the Range...

 
Chrysler Newport Phaeton: An Open-Top Special Edition From Back When Chrysler Was Awesome
Chrysler Newport Phaeton: An Open-Top Special Edition From Back When Chrysler Was Awesome

You wouldn't know it from their ancient and wholly outclassed lineup today, but Chrysler used to be a quality American automaker. Before the pencil pushers, accountants, and later international collaborators robbed them of their intellect and ...

 
Toyota Paseo, a Forgotten Convertible "Sports Car" That Deserves Your Respect
Toyota Paseo, a Forgotten Convertible "Sports Car" That Deserves Your Respect

The Toyota Paseo is a sports car. You wouldn't figure that with just a passing glance, nor would you believe it if you saw the spec sheet. But Brian of Regular Car Reviews (RCR) took one for a spin some time ago and proved it before our very e...

 
Riva 86 Open, a  Drop-Top Luxury Yacht With the Spirit of a Convertible Sports Car
Riva 86 Open, a Drop-Top Luxury Yacht With the Spirit of a Convertible Sports Car

A good many of us here at autoevolution love luxury yachts. Whether or not we all just envy those who can afford them is another matter entirely. But...

 
Geo Metro Convertible: An Awful But Adorable Drop-Top You Can't Help But Love
Geo Metro Convertible: An Awful But Adorable Drop-Top You Can't Help But Love

Convertible cars are built to serve several secondary functions besides having a top that flops up and down. The first of these functions is to bring the driver closer to the outside elements. But the lesser third function is to convey an air of po...

 
Not All Convertibles Are Destined for Greatness, This 1985 Cavalier Is Classic Proof
Not All Convertibles Are Destined for Greatness, This 1985 Cavalier Is Classic Proof

Not every drop-top convertible is bound to be a classic of its generation. Some convertibles throughout history have even managed to be downright forgettable. Just take this 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 Convertible we found for sale. For thos...

 

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