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Classic Cream Of The Drop Top Crop

Classic Cream Of The Drop Top Crop

It doesn’t matter how much a car enthusiast might protest to the contrary, they all secretly harbour a desire to own a classic American car. There is just something about them. It might be the sound of an old school V8. It might be because these vehicles remind us of the true golden age of motoring or it might simply be the perverse desire to own something that looks like Liberace’s piano.

Speed and muscle car power are all very well but for pure cruising pleasure the dream drive has to be a leisurely run down California’s Pacific Coast Highway whilst listening to the pet sounds of the Beach Boys. That’s the dream; cruising in our new style British weather through the exotic streets of Swindon or Sawbridgeworth is sadly the reality. Never mind. There are still some days when the sun does make an appearance which means the best Yank tank for true motoring escapism has to be a drop-top.

The beauty of American convertibles is that it doesn’t matter about the drivers age. Older drivers in smaller European or Japanese convertibles – and yes, it is unfair – look to some as if they are trying to recapture their youth. In an American classic they look just fine. Would that it were that easy, though.

With any classic car knowledge is all. It really is important that a potential buyer has done his or her homework. Some of these cars are relatively cheap to buy but are often, unsurprisingly, expensive to run. Mechanical integrity is obviously crucial but the real problem is likely to be the folding roof. Really careful inspection is vital as most period convertibles, even those from fifty plus years ago, mostly have power driven rag-tops. Operation should be smooth and take around thirty seconds. The material, inside and out, should be immaculate and fit properly as leaks are common.dash Classic Cream Of The Drop Top Crop

Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Condition is everything. This applies especially to the interior because, being a convertible, it will have had more exposure to the elements. A car that has been recently imported from a dry American State is likely to be rust free. A car that had been in the UK for a while, possibly isn’t. This is why the history is so vital. Has the car been stored properly when not in use and does the seller seem like the right stuff?

All the usual ifs and buts aside, owning an American classic is just like owning any classic car. There’s plenty about – some at surprisingly low prices – and there’s a big following in the UK, so good advice is on offer. Think about owning a vintage Ford Thunderbird or a Plymouth Fury! Cars with proper names. The magnificent Cadillac Eldorado (pictured). The Pontiac Catalina. Names redolent with the history of the automobile. Who wouldn’t feel just a bit special cruising the sunlit boulevards of Britain – elbow resting nonchalantly on the doorsill – in one of these timeless classics. Protest all you like; you know you want one. Yes you do.

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