Classic Convertible Cars

In this classic convertible section, we cater to those who love old cars and want to know how they work. Models include the DeSoto, Hudson, Muntz, Shelby, Terraplane, Packard and many more.


The 1969 Pontiac Firebird Sprint Convertible received a few design modifications to update its look. Learn more about this classic Pontiac muscle car.

The 1952 Packard 250 Convertible had very few changes made. The 250 Convertible came equipped with a straight-eight engine that powered the 300. Approximately 1,000 Packard 250 convertibles were sold in 1952. Read more about this classic convertible.

The 1954 Edwards America Convertible was a short lived sports car built by successful race-car driver Sterling Edwards. Including the prototype, only five cars were built. Read more about this classic sporty convertible.

The 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was powered by a high compression 210 horsepower V-8 engine. Great styling details such as the tailfins and excellent performance helped sell the Series 62 convertibles. Learn more about this classic.

The 1961 Buick LeSabre Convertible helped boost Buick's industry ranking. The Buick LeSabre came with a powerful 364-cid, 235/250 horsepower V-8 engine. Find out what made the LeSabre Convertible boost sales.

The 1962 Budd XR-400 Sports Convertible was a cheap-to-tool-up sporty car pitched to both Ford and AMC by the Budd Company. Did either company accept the XR-400? Could it have done as well as the Mustang? Read on to find out.

The 1955 DeSoto Firedome Convertible Coupe was made to appeal to the owner's sense of adventure. Packed with a 291-cubic-inch Hemi V-8, the Firedome topped out at 100 mph. Learn more about this classic drop top.

The 1958 Ford Thunderbird Convertible was developed as a four-door car in hopes of boosting sales. It was every bit as stylish as the 2-seater. Read more about the classic 1958 Ford Thunderbird Convertible.

The 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible was designed to compete with Chevy and Ford in the convertible auto market. The Special Deluxe Convertible helped Chrysler oust Ford from second place in sales. Learn more about this classic drop top.

The 1956 Continental Mark II Convertible earned its reputation as a timeless beauty. It was powered by a 368-cid V-8 that produced 285 horsepower. Learn more about the elegant 1956 Continental Mark II Convertible.

The 1953-1954 Dodge Firearrow was a sleek two-seat roadster powered by a production 250-bhp Royal V-8. The Firearrows followed a logical progression from dream car to producible vehicle. For more information on the 1953-1954 Firearrow, read on.

Conditions were so bleak in England after World War II that the country adopted an "export or die" program to attract foreign currency -- mainly U.S. dollars. Read how the 1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible was designed to appeal to U.S. tastes.

The 1948 DeSoto Custom Convertible was a recycled pre-war design that was offered in DeLuxe and upmarket Custom trim. Power came from a carryover 236.6-cubic inch L-head six-cylinder engine. Learn more about this classic convertible.

The 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2 + 2 convertible was introduced to coincide with the release of the popular GTO. It was a powerful sport coupe that appeared before its time. See pictures and learn about this classic car.

Convertibles, like the 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible, came in a wide selection of flavors back in the Sixties. Dodge offered no less than six different soft tops in its 1965 lineup. Learn the details of the 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible.

Before the Nash-Healey and Austin-Healey, or even the Silverstone, there were simply Healeys, designed and built by Donald Healey from 1946-1954. But the Silverstone is the Healey with the most appeal today. Read about the 1950 Healey Silverstone.

Chrysler's 1949 models, including the 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible, were identical to the 1948s. It wasn't until spring 1949 that Chrysler made its "Second Series" models, the "real" 1949s. Read about the 1949 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible.

The 1961 Dodge Polara D-500 Convertible was a fusion of the Matador and Polara, and received extensive restyling, like rocket-style tail-lights and a space-age dash. Read on to learn how the 1961 Dodge Polara D-500 Convertible came to be produced.

Dodge burst into 1955 with an all-new "Forward Look" in the 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. Although it shared a shell with Plymouth, it rode a longer wheelbase and had a look all its own. Check out the 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible.

Sharp styling on the 1953-1956 Packard Caribbean wasn't enough to save the company. Caribbean's finest hour came in 1956, but that was destined to be the car's last year. Learn about the 1953-1956 Packard Caribbean and check out photos.

Only 950 of the 1953 Chrysler New Yorker convertibles were made, with extensive reskinning to make them shapelier, emphasis on more glass, one-piece curved windshields, and wraparound backlights. Check out the 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible.

By 1953, General Motors was the master at whetting the public's appetite for dream cars at its annual Motorama show, though the company generally referred to its futuristic show cars as "experimental automobiles." Check out the 1953 Buick Wildcat.

America's custom carbuilders were but a shadow of their 1930s selves after World War II, but you could still drive something very special -- like the 1953 Die Valkyrie -- if you knew where to go and had enough money. Check out the 1953 Die Valkyrie.

The 1954 Packard Panther Convertible was produced as a concept car with muscle. Only four were produced, making them essentially hand-built with then-revolutionary materials. See pictures and learn more about the 1954 Packard Panther Convertible.

The U.S. auto industry's phenomenal year of 1955 found Ford in a familiar place: second to Chevrolet overall, but first in convertible sales. Read details about the wildly popular, record-setting 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible Coupe.

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