What's Wrong With This Picture: Old Segment Made New Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture old segment made new edition

Once upon a time, luxury cars were defined by giant drop-top land barges like Cadillac’s V-16 or the Bugatti Royale. Somewhere along the way, the luxury sedan-turned-convertible has fallen out of favor with the glaring exception of one of the world’s most expensive cars: the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. But now, having pioneered the four-door coupe and (coming soon) the five-door coupe, Mercedes-Benz’s endless search for “new” segments has it looking backwards to the good old days of massive top-down touring luxury.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, the Swabian firm is looking very closely at a drophead version of its S-Class Coupe, the CL, inspired by the 2007 design study (pictured here) called “Ocean Drive.” Though the business case for such a range-topping power-cabrio has yet to be calculated, Mercedes insists that it will be a two-door convertible, despite the fact that Maybach has an S-Class-based two-door coupe in the works. Since the CL convertible will be a four-place cruiser anyway, why not go properly old-school and make it a four-door convertible like the old Mercedes “ Adenauer“?

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  • Wolfwagen Didnt these have an iPad for the owners manual?
  • Ollicat Another crazy thing to consider is insurance. I found out a modest NEW car with all the new safety add-ons will cost $1000 a year less to insure than a 10 year old beater, when insuring teenagers.
  • Dukeisduke Avoid the Ford Windstar at all costs, especially if has the Essex 3.8l V6. Besides the Essex V6, these things had terrible rust problems with the front subframe (if you live someplace where things rust), the automatic transmissions had big problems, and the rear twist beam axle had a tendency to fracture, literally killing some drivers.
  • TMA1 I did an audit of a major Korean chaebol a decade ago, and this is the car they sent every day to pick me up. That back seat was the place to be. Especially on the passenger side with the reclining chair and footrest. I always wanted to get one for myself, but couldn't afford the driver needed to fully enjoy it.
  • Dukeisduke Add audible commands, like, "Stop tailgating, you moron!", and, "Slow down - you're gonna kill us all!" I was going to suggest using the voices of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, but sadly, only Ray is still with us (RIP, Tom).