What frequent use, 4-seater convertible classic would you buy?

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MrBenovich
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Over dinner recently at Retromobile, myself and colleagues were having the well-visited discussion on spending the Euro Millions on classic cars.

 

After the initial flurry of the ultimate dream cars we all wanted, we then filtered down to types of cars and found the 4-seater (i.e. family) convertible classic more of a challenge than we thought. Yes, yes, Mercs and Rolls' came up, but outside of those and 1 or two others, we were left scratching heads on a preferred motor. So, what would yours be..?

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MrBenovich wrote:

Over dinner recently at Retromobile, myself and colleagues were having the well-visited discussion on spending the Euro Millions on classic cars.

 

After the initial flurry of the ultimate dream cars we all wanted, we then filtered down to types of cars and found the 4-seater (i.e. family) convertible classic more of a challenge than we thought. Yes, yes, Mercs and Rolls' came up, but outside of those and 1 or two others, we were left scratching heads on a preferred motor. So, what would yours be..?

How much have I got to spend? And does it have to be a full four-seater, or can decent sized 2+2 seats make the grade?

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If I had a multi-car garage it would undoubtedly include an Alvis TD21 DHC.  I think they are a good balance of useability, understated luxury and unobtrusive elegance.

Having said that don't listen to me as there would also be a GP swb Beach Buggy in metalflake turquoise sharing some of the floorspace!

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Not very adventurous, but a Triumph Stag would fit the bill as an everyday 4-seater convertible.

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I am not a huge French car fan, but strangely both of my suggestions are French, and both gorgeous. Facel Vega FV2b, and Citroen DS21 decapotable. I suspect the Citroen would be better suited to frequent use, but I'd happily try either if somebody is willing to lend me one...

Oliver.

 

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Bristol 406 convertible,Peugeot  504 Pinninfarina convertible,Citroen  Chapron,Daimler Barker bodied drophead coupe, 59 Cadillac Biarritz

57 Oldsmobile Rocket Super 88,

Chris Martin
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jagnut12 wrote:

Bristol 406 convertible,Peugeot 504 Pinninfarina convertible,Citroen Chapron,Daimler Barker bodied drophead coupe, 59 Cadillac Biarritz

57 Oldsmobile Rocket Super 88,

I believe the original question was what 4 seater convertible...... the Caddy and the Olds are probably 5 or 6 seaters, I know, I had a '55 Olds 98 Starfire convertible that once took 8 !

But seriously yes, the Americans have the rest of us beat with large comfortable ragtops, most decent models worth looking at have been offered topless and still make good, strong, reliable and often very affordable cars.

For my dollar the following will do for now;

Cord 810 or 812

Any Ford Thunderbird from '58 to '66

Both those proposed by Pre 80s TVR; the Facel Vega and the Citroën would do for me too, as would Jagnut’s suggested Bristol, in fact any Bristol from 411 back, or the Alvis PaulJ offered.

Then there is the wide choice of Mustangs, although for true classic status we need to stick to no later than ‘71. There were a few Jensen Interceptors made as convertibles too, and of course there are many more. The Mercedes W111/112 series certainly make 4 people comfortable, although other M-B so-called 4 seaters from the SL range, while plentiful are really only 2+2s at best.

Of course the Rolls Royce Corniche sets the standard, (unless of course I could afford a “Chinese Eye” Cloud III) but what colour? Oh the fine line between classy and tacky..............

BUT ! Are we missing a key part of the question here, the “frequent use” bit?

That may rule out some of the more fanciful ideas, and I for one would not be comfortable leaving the Facel parked at the supermarket, or indeed like the petrol bills for any of the large V8 powered barges listed so far.

So an early Mustang with stock 289 might just work, the Citroën should be reliable and not too thirsty – if you can find one – ditto the Alvis, but finally if money was really tight and performance not a priority how about an early sixties Hillman Minx, or Super Minx, or the even rarer Sunbeam Rapier or Singer Gazelle derivatives. Finally, there were the odd conversions by Crayford on various Cortina, Corsair and Capri Fords, though maybe we should leave the Mumford Marina conversions out as neither desirable, or classic in any way.  Saab Turbo maybe, Stag is really a 2+2, or of course various Jeeps would do, but I can't help feeling the cream of the large open tourers are all pre-WWII and possibly not quite in the "frequent use" class.

Just my twopence worth anyway....

Chris M.

 

 

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Except of course the Model A Ford !

C.M.

 

KeithP
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I was sitting in my Stag at last years Le Mans Classic, when I was asked this very question by somebody who was looking for  a 4 seat convertible, an affordable one at least. At the time I could not think of another, but more recent involvement with Reliant Scimitars introduced me to the Scimitar GTC. Fibreglass body and galvanised chassis, with the Cologne Ford V6, at least in the later ones, means a use all the year round Classic. Not common, but they are around. 

K Lucas
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Given the restrictions and insuring I would indeed use it often, a 1967 BMW 1600 Cabriolet.

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