The history of the convertible will captivate you, as Auto Repair Austin brings you along the journey of how the convertible has become a backbone of the American dream. The convertible is a symbol that represents fun, style, and adventure. It has evolved over the years into a symbol of success as well as a youth.
The convertible started out as the primary body style of the car until Cadillac introduced the first closed-body car in 1910. Production of convertibles continued, and manufacturers in the US produced a great range of models during the 1950’s and 60’s, from the Imperial by Chrysler to the Oldsmobile 98. There is also the classic 1950’s Ford Thunderbird convertible, another classic American car.
In the mid 70’s safety regulation plagued the idea of the convertible, and diminished its popularity significantly. While convertibles are fun, they also have certain security issues that may come with a price if you are in an accident while driving one. Also, driving a convertible is not the best choice in certain weather conditions. For instance, you probably would not want to drive a convertible with the top down on a rainy day. However, sometimes danger and edginess can add to the appeal of a vehicle. In 1976, Cadillac began to market its Eldorado as the “Last convertible in America.” Throughout the rest of world convertible production stayed constant with models such as the Mercedes SL and Jaguar E-type.
Then in the 80’s the convertibles were revived with new body styles, like the Chryslers LaBaron and later the Porsche Boxster. Popularized again in 1986, by the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, showing off the1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, the convertible became a backbone of the America dream and glorified what it meant to be successful. Today, when we see a person driving by in a Ferrari 360 Spyder, with their hair flowing in the wind, we can only imagine who they are and what they do for a living?
If you’re ever lucky enough to have a convertible, like a Porsche 911. Make sure you take proper care of it.