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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...

 
Grumman Biplanes, the Predecessors of the American Navy's Flying Cats
Grumman Biplanes, the Predecessors of the American Navy's Flying Cats

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is history's most iconic naval jet fighter. There, we said it. But there would be no Tomcat, and no Top Gun, if not for an airplane type that staked Grumman's claim as the U.S. Navy top choice: bi-plane fighters. ...

 
Nissan Wouldn't Let Doug DeMuro Test The Murano CC, He Found One Anyway and Roasted It
Nissan Wouldn't Let Doug DeMuro Test The Murano CC, He Found One Anyway and Roasted It

We love convertibles, spyders, and open-tops of all kinds here at autoevolution. That's why we dedicated the entire month of June to highlighting some of the landmark convertibles that throughout history made real impacts on their market segme...

 
This 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse is an Iconic Convertible of the Millennial Generation
This 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse is an Iconic Convertible of the Millennial Generation

We're fans of the Mitsubishi Mirage around these parts. We love it for being an honest, affordable, and surprisingly capable little family car. But let's be real, the Mirage doesn't represent the peak of Mitsubishi, not by a long sho...

 
Elon Musk Needs to Shut Up About Dogecoin and Focus on SpaceX and Tesla
Elon Musk Needs to Shut Up About Dogecoin and Focus on SpaceX and Tesla

Elon Musk is a man who doesn't give a rat's you-know-what about what anybody thinks about him. He can and has, in the past, manipulated the lives and whims of millions by simply talking about an altcoin crypto currency initially developed...

 
Hertz Settles Over Three Dozen Lawsuits at Once, Filed Phony Theft Claims on Customers.
Hertz Settles Over Three Dozen Lawsuits at Once, Filed Phony Theft Claims on Customers.

It was a story unlike any we'd ever seen before. The story behind the Hertz rental car company and accusations of theft made against some of their customers leading to their arrests is almost too wild to believe. But just such an event hap...

 
Kids as Young as 12 are Stealing Cars in This Upstate New York Town
Kids as Young as 12 are Stealing Cars in This Upstate New York Town

Syracuse, New York, is known for a couple of different things. Great college basketball, rowdy parties, and not much else of note. But recently, this cultural hub for Central New York has been embattled with a problem one would think is limited to ...

 
Need a Restomod Candidate on the Cheap? This 1966 Mercury Park Lane Would Do Wonderfully
Need a Restomod Candidate on the Cheap? This 1966 Mercury Park Lane Would Do Wonderfully

Restomodding is a rich man's hobby. Or at least, that's what we're led to believe when we see what happens when somebody goes all out on their custom build. But there are, in fact, a handful around who build up old cars on the cheap....

 
This 1968 Camaro Restomod Has an Oldsmobile Surprise in the Middle, Not the Front
This 1968 Camaro Restomod Has an Oldsmobile Surprise in the Middle, Not the Front

Back in 2020, the internet lost its collective mind when it got a look at a rendering of a mid-engine C8 Corvette with a modern Camaro's front fascia grafted onto it. That render is still as stunning as ever two years later. But what if we...

 
This Hollywood Fighter Jet Made China Do a Double Take, Now It's In Ace Combat
This Hollywood Fighter Jet Made China Do a Double Take, Now It's In Ace Combat

According to sources present on set for the filming of Top Gun: Maverick, the devilishly striking silhouette of the Darkstar Hypersonic Interceptor was so life-like that Chinese military spy satellites stopped whatever they were doing, then aimed t...

 
Ace Combat 7 Top Gun - Maverick DLC Review (PC): Does It Live Up to the Hype of the Movie?
Ace Combat 7 Top Gun - Maverick DLC Review (PC): Does It Live Up to the Hype of the Movie?

Well, well, it looks like Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown decided to bless us with a nice surprise. A comprehensive collaboration between Project Aces and Paramount Pictures to bring us the AC7 Top Gun: Maverick Aircraft Set DLC. Does it live up to the...

 
Need a Cheap Beater in a Pinch? This 1980 Mazda GLC Beats a Smelly City Bus
Need a Cheap Beater in a Pinch? This 1980 Mazda GLC Beats a Smelly City Bus

There aren't all that many practical ways to save gasoline money these days. At least not without making some sacrifices. But one relatively simple way to save money on fuel is to save a ton of money on the car itself. So, for example, at just...

 
The Fate of the American EV Industry May Hang on the 2022 Mid Term Elections, Here's Why
The Fate of the American EV Industry May Hang on the 2022 Mid Term Elections, Here's Why

As much as we avoid talking about it at all costs, the American auto industry in Detroit and elsewhere is perpetually joined at the hip to Washington D.C. But, with the 2022 mid-term elections on the horizon, the outcome could have more profound ef...

 
Twin Rotor Swapped Citroen HY Van Looks Like a Fever Dream, Fast Like One Too
Twin Rotor Swapped Citroen HY Van Looks Like a Fever Dream, Fast Like One Too

We love custom cars, don't get it twisted. But after combing through every conceivable corner of the Internet, we can't help but feel like a fair bit of it just melds into one. Thanks a lot for that, every LS V8 swap ever. But every once ...

 

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