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By May 14, 2018 No Comments

Summer is knockin’, which is a great excuse for ClassicLine to select some of its favourite classic convertibles.

After all, what could be better than taking to the open road with the sun shining (or sporadically appearing from behind a cloud) with the top down and the wind in your hair.

These are just a few of the great classic convertibles available, so apologies if we haven’t mentioned yours.

VW Beetle

When the surf’s up and you need to get to the nearest beach in style, then a classic VW Beetle convertible is surely the vehicle of choice, aside from a Camper!

But what to expect when you arrive at the great British seaside?

Screaming children, vicious seagulls, pebble beaches, ques for the toilet and amusement arcades which still have Pac-Man.

MG Midget

The Midget was first produced in 1961 and early versions had no external handles or locks on the doors.

But what it lacked in door handles (!) it made up for in quintessentially British style, as symbolic as strawberries and cream, warm beer and wet weather.

Morris Minor

1960 was a milestone year for British motoring as it was the year in which the Morris Minor became the UK’s first million selling car.

Continued success was made possible with such eye-catching models as the 1000 Convertible – a truly great British car.

Moving forward a few decades and for those music fans among you, who remembers Morris Minor and the Majors and their famous 1987 song ‘Stutter Rap’? If you do, then we’re mightily impressed.

Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird was produced from 1955 to 2005 with a little gap in between, comprising eleven model generations.

While available in hard top, it’s the convertibles that catch our eye and have no doubt helped create a market niche that came to be known as the personal luxury car.

ClassicLine’s other favourite Thunderbird is Thunderbird 2, International Rescue’s heavy equipment transporter.

Jaguar XJS

In 1988, Jaguar introduced a two-seat full convertible version of the XJS which proved to be incredibly popular.

Its success no doubt helped sales of the XJS which finished production in 1996 after more than 100,000 models had been produced.

Jaguar continues to fly the flag for UK car production and reported record global sales in 2017.

What’s your favourite convertible classic? ClassicLine would love to hear from you.