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There are few cars that ooze class as well as a cabriolet, in fact, the popularity of sort top cars remains strong ever since classics such as the XK120 hit our roads back in 1948 – a classic post-war sports car in production by Jaguar until 1958.
In fact, it’s no surprise that retro convertible cars are still in high demand, which is why the Trusted Dealers team has decided to take you on a trip down memory lane to celebrate the best in classic soft top cars over the decades up until present day.
It all started in the early 1900s with cars such as the infamous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, built as an “experimental speed car” . It was the first Rolls-Royce to top 100mph, completing the 1911 RAC-observed London on to Edinburgh Trial in top gear all the way, including pulling away from standstill. The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce’s claim of making the “Best car in the world”
Much later down the line we saw the birth of the MGB Roadster which soon became one of the most popular and affordable roadsters of the 1960s, but we can’t talk about classic convertibles without mentioning the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1960 – it remains one of the most beautiful and highly sought after Ferrari road cars to this day.
The sixties offered an influx of convertible cars and it wasn’t long before Jaguar produced another of its most iconic cabriolet cars, the Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster. The series one has been described as one of the most elegant of all the E-types and it certainly proved popular with more than 17,300 cars built between 1961 and 1968.
The original Lotus Elan was produced between 1962 and 1975, and later inspired Mazda to produce the MX-5, a highly popular soft top car of the noughties. Joining the Elan came the Alfa Romeo Spider which was first produced in 1966 and remained in production for nearly 30 years.
Finally, our list could not be complete with including the Mercedes-Benz SL (R107), built between 1971 and 1989, the R107 has been described as the one of the best-looking cars Merecedes-Benz has ever produced.
But what about the soft-top cars on the market today? How do they compare alongside the classics? Perhaps they will never be in the same league, but when it comes to being fun to drive and fast, there are plenty of excellent models to choose from. Some of our favourite used convertible cars include the Audi TT, the Porsche 911 and the BMW Z4. Why not tell us about your favourite convertible cars below.