The Craziest Convertible Vehicles
Convertibles offer a tremendous way to get in touch with nature, at least in one way. They’re wildly popular with people for that reason alone. With the top down, you’re always quite aware of the outside temperature and any precipitation, for better or worse.
While you might automatically think of sexy sports cars when someone says “convertible,” there are some rather interesting examples that go beyond that stereotype.
No, this isn’t a production version of an F-150, but instead is the creation of Newport Convertible Engineering, or NCE for short. The company chopped the roof off a perfectly good pickup, then outfitted it with a power-folding soft top.
Usually you don’t associate pickups with convertibles for practical reasons. For example, the soft top folds up over part of the bed. That won’t work if you have anything in there. Of course, if you are hauling anything, whether the top is up or down, it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as a hard top, just in case you forget to tighten the load straps completely.
While this convertible pickup truck might not be entirely practical, it is cool and unique.
Yes, the vehicle that once was called the worst car in the world came in convertible form for a time. it didn’t sell super well, maybe because without a top, it made hiding your poor life decisions more difficult.
In general, people pointed out that the Yugo embodied everything that was wrong with communism. That may or may not be the case, but if you have ever driven one, you’ll know it’s truly a poor decision to make.
For a time, this car gained popularity with hip young folk. Eventually, they saw the errors of their ways, even though some poor souls are still trying to unload theirs for healthy sums.
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Another vehicle you don’t normally associate with convertible tops is SUVs. Nissan decided to go out on a limb and make a convertible version of the Murano, called the CrossCabriolet.
This was a controversial move. One thing critics pointed out about the Murano CrossCabriolet is that instead of having four doors like a regular Murano, the vehicle only has two extremely long doors. Not dinging the car parked next to you becomes seriously challenging with this convertible.
Another thing: SUVs are supposed to provide some utility. When the top folds into what little cargo space you have, that kind of goes away. Finally, people in the backseat get hit with a ton of wind, because this is such a long convertible.
Despite its many flaws, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet does have a dedicated cult following.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Not only does this vehicle have one of the longer names out there, it’s another modern example of a convertible SUV. Pretty much the same flaws that apply to the Nissan apply to this thing. It looks marginally better, but that’s about the only real improvement.
What’s more, most people think of Land Rovers as being fairly capable off-roaders. If they didn’t realize the Evoque doesn’t fit that mold, the convertible version will definitely tip them off.
India has quite the interesting, eclectic automotive market. One of the strangest things to come out of the Asian nation is its first convertible, called the Zephyr. Essentially, Reva took its G-Wiz, chopped off the roof, and outfitted with a soft top. The result is something resembling either a clown car, or a Power Wheels toy, or maybe a mix of the two.
Zimmer Golden Spirit
Back in the 1970s, Zimmer got the idea to use a Lincoln Towncar as the basis for a luxury convertible. The result was an incredibly strange topless land yacht, complete with an awkward roll bar and gaudy custom front end. Zimmer tried to channel the stately luxury cars of the 1920s, but failed miserably.
While the Golden Spirit lacked any kind of finesse or aesthetic beauty, you could at least have a butler drive you around in this car, while you lounge in the back and feel the breeze rustle through your hair.