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$20,000 Used Convertibles: Window Shop with Car and Driver

With warmer weather on the horizon, the Window Shoppers take a look at some summer favorites: convertibles. We set a healthy budget of $20,000 to ensure the panel finds interesting examples, and in that, they didn’t disappoint.

First up is contributor John Pearley Huffman, who stretches the definition of “convertible” to its breaking point by picking a Meyers Manx. The crew points out that without a top, the Manx doesn’t fit the bill. Besides, he’s way over budget.

Editorial director Joe Brown makes his Window Shop debut this week and puts up a rare convertible pickup for consideration. He claims it’s connected to McLaren in a weird six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon way. The truck’s 125-hp V-6 puts some people off, but a few of us like the idea of getting a nice tan while driving to Home Depot.

It won’t be so easy for contributor Jonathon Ramsey to catch some rays in his pick. Though the Ford Bronco has a removable top, the jury rightly takes issue with this. Ramsey presents an Alfa Romeo Spider as an alternative. Before you get too excited, know that this Spider isn’t like the one Dustin Hoffman drove in The Graduate. Ramsey’s is a 2007 model—an achingly beautiful but front-drive diesel-powered two-seater that isn’t legal in the U.S. for another 11 years.

Deputy testing director K.C. Colwell makes an uncharacteristic choice: a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible. The Bill Mitchell–designed rear-engine sports car elicits a few oohs and aahs before we jump into the rear suspension revisions of the ’65 model and marvel at its air-cooled flat-six engine.

Lastly, deputy editor Tony Quiroga makes a somewhat sensible bet on a 2010 Audi S4 Cabriolet. But who would vote for that when they can have a real oddball? Watch to find out.

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