A List of Hardtop Convertibles

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A List of Hardtop Convertibles
(convertible car interior image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

Everyone wants a convertible on the perfect day. It's the imperfect days that keep a lot of us from buying them --- especially in climates with plenty of precipitation and cold. A hardtop convertible is a great solution. You've got a fixed hardtop during the harsher seasons and a ragtop when it's warm and sunny. Here are a list of great ones:

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Ferrari California

If you're going to have a cool convertible, you may as well get the coolest car ever made. Given, Ferraris are about going around corners really fast and convertibles give up a little performance. Convertibles don't have quite the rigidity in their frames as full-bodied cars. But, if you're driving a Ferrari California, it's a high-class problem to have.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Like the Ferrari, Porsche is all about sport. The Carrera 4 is unique in that it comes with all-wheel-drive. Most of us think of "four wheel drive" as an off-road feature. But having power in all four wheels pushes and pulls the car, reducing Porsches' tendency for big back-end slides (because of their rear-engine layout) and making handling more precise.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

We have fast and exotic. We have fast and reliable. The SLK is fast and classy. Don't underestimate the fast part, even in this company. Most people don't associate Mercedes with racing; at least it's usually not the first word that comes to mind. But Mercedes does race. They race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). They race in Formula One. And when you drive one, you can tell.

Mazda Miata MX-5

The Miata is an often underestimated car. Its horsepower might be considered mild compared to Porsches and Ferraris. And rightfully so. But the Miata isn't made for big-time acceleration. It's made to be turned with precision---to be nimble on twisty roads, once it's up to speed. And it has very prestigious race heritage. All you have to do is squint your eyes to see it is a reinterpreted Lotus Elan, one of the best-handling cars ever built.

Volkswagen Eos

The Eos isn't as sporty as the rest of the list. But don't kid yourself. It's a small, nimble, quick car that's fun to drive. Most pure sports cars are either two-seaters or, like many Porsche 911s, only technically qualify as four-seaters. (Anyone who's ever sat in the back seat of a Porsche 911 might argue they don't qualify at all.) The Eos, is a legitimate four-seater, but it's cramped back there. This is a great choice for couples who like twisty country drives, or zipping down the 101.

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