By on January 8, 2009

Yesterday we posed the question, “Which uber sedan would you buy?” And while the responses were (predictably) great, they were all over the map. And that’s OK, as I couldn’t even decide on a car in the question. Though in fairness, I think I’d have to go with the Pontiac G8 GXP. It’s got all the power and the right color collar for my druthers. But you know… a Phaeton may also be the car for me. But today we’re talking convertibles. Well, not just regular convertibles (sorry Sebring), but SUPER CONVERTIBLES! Though I’m sure one of you is going to say that his Toyota Solara is the best damn convertible ever and that’s fine. We’re just not going to listen. Are there rules? Like, would a Corvette Convertible qualify as super? Can it go 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds? Yes? Than yes, it’s super. What about a Lexus SC430? No, that’s not super. Why? Because I say so. Not sure if the droptop you have in mind qualifies? I’ll let you know. Moving on — uber-vert would I choose? Hmmm. Well, the first car that pops to mind is a DB9 Volante (that’s rich person talk for “no roof”). But… no. I said uber! Right, so that has to mean that I mean the Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 Speedster. No top, no windscreen, 650 hp and 200+ mph top speed. That’s mega double uber, right? But then I’d be that guy. The guy that bought a McMerc SLR with no windshield for half a million dollars. So, no. Oh, I got it — and really the only correct answer. And that answer is a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spider. Yup that’s the one… as long as you don’t mention the Murcielago Convertible. Crap, this is hard. But definitely a Lambo. I think. You?

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51 Comments on “Question of the Day: Which Uber-Convertible Would You Buy?...”


  • avatar

    These things scare me shitless. Which, I guess, is the idea. But if I’m going to drive a car with SUPER performance, I want a metal cage around me. (I like RUF’s built-in roll cage. A lot.)

    But if I had to choose, I’d go with the Ferrari F430 Spider. To hear that engine howling off the walls of a concrete underpass. Oh my.

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    I’m with Jonny, the Gallardo and/or Murcielago are pretty much the only convertibles I’d consider if I had unlimited funds. A Ferrari is an acceptable choice, but not many other cars are worthy of consideration. Maybe a Zonda convertible if I was feeling different. Anything less shows a lack of balls and/or imagination

  • avatar
    carguy622

    BMW M3 Convertible. It has all the performance I’d ever need. It’s somewhat practical, and very nice looking.

    But since I’m not rich, I drive a Miata which is the most fun you can have for not much $$.

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    Lamborghini Miura Roadster.

    Yes, there’s only one. But there IS one…

  • avatar
    bleach

    TVR Griffith 500 in Ice Blue with a personal mechanic. 320hp/320 lb-ft from a 5.0 V8, weighs about a ton and 4.1 second for 0-60.

    There was a Canadian company converting these for NA and this guy had one at a car show in ice blue. He just laughed when we talked about repairs but what a gorgeous car.

  • avatar
    mcs

    Ariel Atom 3. The 300 bhp version. Sub 3 seconds 0 to 60 and it’s not priced into the stratosphere.

  • avatar
    NoSubstitute

    There is only one choice:

    http://jalopnik.com/5101221/nice-price-or-crack-pipe-perfect-1966-citron-ds21-chapron-palm-beach-for-300000

  • avatar

    I’ll take a Bugatti Veyron Convertible.

    Thing is, I’m not into driving real fast so I’d never pass 100mph – especially since there are very few roads here in NYC I could get away with it.

    Frankly, I’m content owning an S550 but, If I could I’d like the OCEAN DRIVE CONCEPT

    http://www.autobytel.com/images/Concepts/Mercedes_Benz/Ocean_Drive/400/Mercedes_OceanDrive_Concept_12.jpg

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Porsche Carrera GT, most amazing engineering I’ve ever seen in a street car.

    I’d also accept a Caterham CSR260; you just can’t reach out and touch the highway at speed in other cars anymore. Probably a good thing.

  • avatar
    Lee

    Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG.

  • avatar
    JG

    V8 Vantage. It’s uber enough, and I <3 V8′s.

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009-aston-martin-vantage-roadster-review/

  • avatar
    pariah

    911 Turbo cabrio.

    My first thought was the Carrera GT, but I don’t really think of that as a convertible — it’s more like a targa.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    Morgan Aero 8 America

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’m with Jonny- Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spider.

  • avatar
    HEATHROI

    There is only one choice:

    there is actually 2 (at the rental desk)

    the Chrysler Sebring? or the PT Cruiser?

  • avatar

    I second the Zonda. Not only is it nuts, but it is equally nuts as the coupe because there is no need for extra bracing (weight).

  • avatar
    Bridge2far

    My last convertible was a 1968 GTO. 400 cid 400 turbo hydramatic trans. Color was black primer. Rug was green shag. Cragar wheels. Some rust and a new rear bumper. Super?

  • avatar
    davey49

    Something from the 1960s or 1970s and American with a 7 liter or larger engine.
    Eldorado? Galaxie?

  • avatar
    DearS

    Ferrari F50, a convertible thats not a convertible. I like the category.

  • avatar
    carsinamerica

    The Zonda would be a lovely choice. The Koenigsegg CCX would have to be a contender, too, since it’s got a lift-off roof panel. Any super-convertible should be potentially lethal, and the Koenigsegg has that covered.

    For sheer looks, the Maserati MC12. It’s an Enzo for people who like a hint of refinement with their ludicrous supercars.

    Really, though, if I were buying such thing, I’d lower my sights (and my bill) slightly and go with a Spyker C8 Spyder. It’s unique, gorgeous (as long as you avoid the aluminum dash), has plenty of power, and is vaguely ridiculous. And, after the 2006 model year, it even has a roof!

  • avatar
    rpn453

    F430 Spider for me.

  • avatar
    Theodore

    Current production? F430 Spider. But I’m pretty happy with my first-generation Miata.

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    Lotus/Caterham 7

    or

    Shelby AC Cobra (original)

    I guess neither is a convertible really.

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    Nothing to think about: 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    Pete,

    They both have the ability to have a flimsy, leaky covering stretch somewhere over your head.

    I’d say you’re closer than my choice (one could make the case mine is more of a targa).

    There used to be a gent in town who owned an original Seven. Drove it a couple of times a week, regardless of the season or weather, even in snow. Never more than a tonneu cover and goggles. He was on my commute years ago. Never met him, but always wanted to.

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    @ Porschespeed

    Don’t worry, I’d have a 911 Turbo Cabriolet any day. I’m just waiting for them to finish PDK for the Turbo (now that it’s finished for the Panamera), oh plus the small problem of the rest of the $$$.

    EDIT: Ooopsss. Sorry, I just assumed you picked a Porsche! But you didn’t. Lambo??

  • avatar
    boosterseat

    Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Its Jessica Alba/Meagan Fox/Halle Berry combined into one super-perfect piece of perfection. You could also own one and drive it often without it feeling too precious or be paranoid about every driveway edge.
    Big ups to all you AM owners out there, nicely done!!

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    @ PeteMoran,

    No UberBeetleEvos for me.

    Don’t get me wrong, one of my buddies has a late model twin-turbo. With the nannies and the AWD it’s an easy run into the high triple digits.

    Just not my bag. Guess I should have gone for the Seinfeld-mobile GT, but I’m still a sucker for the odd Italian stuff.

    I love Lambos, and I’d have a Silhouette if they weren’t so damned expensive to keep going.

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    carguy622 :

    The M3 Convertible is nice looking? Really?!?

    I’d rather spend my money on your Miata

  • avatar
    Campisi

    I’m stuck between three options, and have simply given up on choosing between them.

    1. Morgan Roadster: It’s a proper Morgan with the classic looks and plenty of power and speed for the weight. The Aero 8 may be a better car, but the Roadster is a better Morgan.

    2. Custom Alfa Spider: I could buy an older Alfa Romeo Spider and then sped uber-convertible amounts of money on having Pininfarina customise it for me. It’d look incredible, perform like a modern car, and (best of all) be an Alfa Romeo Spider that someone over six feet tall could actually fit in.

    3. Caterham R500: It’s a Caterham with about five hundred horsepower. Duh.

    My love of older cars (especially when it comes to dropheads) is what makes this difficult.

  • avatar
    niky

    Oh the drama. Wind in your hair. Picking the bugs out of your teeth at over 100 mph. That sickening sensation as the rear end starts to step out, a wheel digs into the dirt on the outside kerb and you have no roof over your head…

    If I’m going to go hooning in a topless driver, it’d be a Lotus. Or a Caterham. Or a Miata. But since none of these are even remotely Uber (except in terms of track-times), I’ll settle for a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. A car in which I’d be contented to do top-down motoring at walking speed.

  • avatar
    Pat Holliday

    I’d probably go for the 8C Spider.

    In Alfa red, naturally.

  • avatar
    forditude

    I’ll take a 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner with the retractable hardtop, please. All it takes to buy these other vulgar bling-mobiles is money.

    http://www.angelfire.com/film/auto_photo_gallery_3/FORD_FS/ford_fairlane_skyliner.htm

  • avatar
    Mrb00st

    Pagani Zonda F roadster is the ONLY correct answer.

  • avatar
    durangodoug

    Porsche Carrera GT, most amazing engineering I’ve ever seen in a street car.

    I have to agree with PigIron on the Carrera.

  • avatar
    DeanMTL

    Gallardo convertible, definitely.

  • avatar
    Jason

    I can’t work up any desire for an uber convertible. I’d feel like such a dick just sitting in one, much less driving it.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Are we talking about real luxury convertibles, or exercises in frustration where you have spend half an hour in the rain trying to deal with some kind of cheesy, umbrella-like contraption?

    If it’s the former, Maybach 62 Landaulet.

    If it’s the latter, probably a Caterham. I have real issues with thinks like the Veyron and Muircelago, where the convertible top is either an afterthought, or an outright joke. If I wanted a leaky, flakey, hack-job convertible, I don’t want it in a vehicle that costs three to five times my house.

  • avatar
    Sabastian

    F430 Spyder. In black.

  • avatar
    lowmanjoe

    I must disagree with all F430 Spider comments. It is hopeless, inadequate and not nearly as uber when compared to the 430 Scuderia Spider 16M. It is the one car that I absolutely do not care one bit what color it is (as long as it’s red).

  • avatar
    kansei

    Mazdaspeed MX-5. They go for 14-15k this year and are a friggin blast to drive, handle well, etc.

    If that can’t be considered super, what about the Lotus Elise? I’m ok with that.

    Or a Caterham R500

    Screw the 911, M3, Gallardo, and Astons.. far too heavy to be nimble.

  • avatar
    sean362880

    Keonigsegg CCX anyone? You can take the roof off, so I think it qualifies.

    http://cdn-www.rsportscars.com/images/koenigsegg/2006-koenigsegg-ccx/koenigccx06_281600.jpg

    When all the convertibles are batshit crazy, some are more batshit crazy than the others.

  • avatar
    akitadog

    Definitely have to go with the Ford GT X-1. The GT is sweet as it is, but dropping the top is icing on the cake. Plus the X-1′s color combo is so friggin’ cool.

  • avatar
    Kurt.

    First thought: Porsche Carrera CT

    But then I just get all giddy thinking about an ATOM…

  • avatar
    Robstar

    Elise, Exige, or Ariel atom. Done deal, if I only had money :) now that I am vehicle payment free, I plan to stay that way.

  • avatar
    Eazy

    The problem with droptop supercars is that I would never, ever have the cojones to push it into triple digits or throw it around a corner at nine-tenths. As much as anyone with a soul should love mind-bendingly fast cars, they should probably love having a head even more.

    That being the case, merely beating out every other car performance-wise isn’t all that important. We can also ignore reliability or price (these are supercars, after all). All that leaves is 1) looks and 2) how fantastic you feel whilst driving it. So, until Maserati puts out a droptop GranTurismo, I think it’ll have to be the DB9 Volante. Which, if I may say, actually looks better than the Vantage in convertible form.

  • avatar

    Caterham R500 doesn’t have 500 hp. It’s 263 – It has 500 hp/per ton (tonne?). Which is enough to gobsmack a Veyron back to Molsheim.

    Personally, if we are going to be TRULY bonkers, I’d go for a Caterham RST-V8 Levante. Available with 550 hp from a supercharged 2.4L V8 – that’s 1000 hp/per tonne. And it sounds like God’s own scream.

  • avatar
    nutbags

    Lotus Elise SC
    Caterham 7
    I don’t know if they qualify as an ‘uber convervtible’ but if money were no object I would still want one of each.

  • avatar

    Farago +3. Ferrari F430 all the way. I just sprung wood typing F430. HA

    I’ll take mine in red and tan, thank you very much. With 0% financing, Employee Pricing, free delivery, all maintenance included for 50,000 miles, and a winning lottery ticket.

  • avatar
    Campisi

    Caterham R500 doesn’t have 500 hp. It’s 263 – It has 500 hp/per ton (tonne?).

    Whoops. Still, you get the point.

    Personally, if we are going to be TRULY bonkers, I’d go for a Caterham RST-V8 Levante. Available with 550 hp from a supercharged 2.4L V8 – that’s 1000 hp/per tonne. And it sounds like God’s own scream.

    Meh, it looks far too garish for my tastes. You can give that delightful engine a listen below…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx62obeje0o

    … It sounds great, but when it comes to something like a Caterham I’d rather have a smaller engine with much more of a banshee shriek.

  • avatar
    njgreene

    Ariel Atom. Or a 1964 Lincoln Continental; black on black. Suicide doors get it over the uber hump.


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