Other Classic Convertible Car Manufacturers

In this Classic Convertible Cars section, we look at some not-so-common models, including the Austin-Healey, the 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona, 25 years of Volkswagon Beetle convertibles and Edsel’s 1960 Ranger and 1958 Citation.


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 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 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.

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.

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 1957 Volvo P1900 Sport convertible coupe was intended to boost Volvo's image with a sporty model. However it lasted only a year. Gunnar Engellau took over Volvo management in 1956 and promptly killed this classic car. Read more.

The 1953 Paxton Phoenix Convertible Coupe had unique features like a power-retractable top. It also featured a fiberglass body and chrome bumpers that kept the overall weight under 2,200 pounds. Learn more about this car's design and engineering.

With its iconic styling, the 1953-1979 Volkswagen Beetle convertible is one of the most desired collectible cars in the U.S. Still both popular and drivable, this car is sure to be around for quite a while. Learn all about the Beetle

The 1957-1975 Citroen Chapron DS 19/20/21/23 was a rare convertible variation on the Citroen DS-series sedans. The model was built mostly for very wealthy private buyers and the French government. Read more about this collectible car.

The 2000 Panoz Esperante is a true success story made by an upstart company in a sea of existing automakers. This Roadster appealed only to hard-core driving enthusiasts. Learn about this classic convertible.

The 1960 Edsel Ranger convertible is part of the last line of Edsel models. Only 76 1960 Edsel Ranger convertibles were ever made. Check out this article for more about this classic convertible.

The 1958 Continental Mark III was the first Continental convertible in 10 years with an incredibly heavy body. Riding grand 131-inch wheelbases, these Lincolns were boxy but clean and imposingly massive. Learn about this classic convertible.

The 1958 Edsel Citation was the biggest flop in automotive history -- a case of the wrong car at the wrong time. The ‘58 Citation suffered from gimmicky gadgets and drab styling. Learn about this classic convertible.

The 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona was one of the last cars of the Studebaker maker. The Lark Daytona had a low-power 169-cubic-inch six as standard. Learn more about this classic convertible.

Although the 1965 Rambler American 440 had low sales, it was one of the best of the Rambler models. Although not very sporty, the 440 was the most affordable convertible at the time. Learn more about this classic convertible.

The 1946 Super Six Brougham redesigned prewar model earned huge sales for Hudson thanks to postwar fever. Hudson built only 1,177 ragtops for the model year. Learn more about this classic convertible.

The 1949 Frazer Manhattan was a hurry-up job by Frazer, which was in need of some new sales magic. The Frazer just couldn't sell, and only 70 were built through 1950. Learn about the fate of this rare classic convertible.

The 1951 Rambler Custom Landau was the perfect car for a go-getter on a budget -- like ace reporter Lois Lane. It was an apt choice for the Daily Planet reporter: easy to park, thrifty with gas and quite affordable. Learn about this classic convertible.

The 1954 Hudson Hornet Brougham was Hudson's last hope in the face of poor sales. Hoping for salvation, Hudson gave the '54 Step-downs a square-lined makeover. Learn about this classic "Step-down" convertible including photos.

The Pierce-Arrow Salon Twelve was the last car produced by the once-great automaker. Only 287 Salon Twelve cars were built in 1934. Learn more about this rare classic convertible.

Convertibles have long held a thrilling romantic reputation. Drive with the wind in your hair like a Hollywood movie star. Your open-air car allows you to see and be seen. Learn more about classic convertibles.

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