Overview

Convertibles (in the First Gear series) is a celebration of the classic drop-top, from the earliest of coach cars where convertible style was the norm, to the high-end sports cars of today. Today’s convertible is a metaphor for freedom on the open road. To drop the top and feel the wind and sun and to be able to cover up again in rain and cold represents the ultimate automotive luxury. From Ford’s Model T to sporty Jaguar roadsters, from classic Chevys to modern Miatas, the convertible is a body style that never ...

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Overview

Convertibles (in the First Gear series) is a celebration of the classic drop-top, from the earliest of coach cars where convertible style was the norm, to the high-end sports cars of today. Today’s convertible is a metaphor for freedom on the open road. To drop the top and feel the wind and sun and to be able to cover up again in rain and cold represents the ultimate automotive luxury. From Ford’s Model T to sporty Jaguar roadsters, from classic Chevys to modern Miatas, the convertible is a body style that never goes out of style. Convertibles profiles more than 60 cars in wonderful photographic detail. Each car profile includes its history,  performance specs, trivia, and a color photo gallery. For the dedicated auto enthusiast or the casual or budding fan, this book is an entertaining survey of the greatest convertibles ever made.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610602020
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,353,526
  • File size: 87 MB
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Meet the Author


Award-winning author and historian Dennis Adler has written more than 35 books on subjects ranging from antique automobiles to nineteenth century handguns. A recognized authority on Mercedes-Benz, he has written five books about the company and its cars. Adler also served as senior editor of The Star (the official publication of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America) from 1985 to 2006 and has lectured on the company’s history. Mr. Adler’s latest books include Mercedes-Benz First Gear, Guns of the American West, and a newly released biography of legendary holster maker John Bianchi.
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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 IN THE BEGINNING—DAWN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
1901 Mercedes
1903 Peerless Type Six Tonneau
1904 Packard Model L Tonneau
1906 Stanley Steamer Touring
1907 Mercedes 35HP Touring
1909 Packard Model 18 Runabout

CHAPTER 2 RAGTOPS AND ROADSTERS—1910 TO 1920
1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring Seven-Passenger
1911 Mercedes 37/90 Labourdette Skiff
1911–1913 Mercer Raceabout
1913 Mercedes 37/95 Double Phaeton
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Tourer
1915 Oakland Model 37 Speedster
1915 Packard Model 5-48 Seven-Passenger Touring
1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B Five-Passenger Touring
1918 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 Touring (Prototype)

CHAPTER 3 THE CONVERTIBLE COMES OF AGE—1921 TO 1925
1921 Marmon Model 34B Wasp Speedster
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet
1923 Kissel "Gold Bug" Speedster
1923 Avions Voisin C5 Sporting Victoria
1925 Doble Series E Roadster

CHAPTER 4 CLASSIC AMERICAN CONVERTIBLES—1926 TO 1941
1936 Duesenberg Model J, SJ, and SSJ
1930 Cadillac V-16
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial 8 Roadster
1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
1935 Auburn 851 Boattail Speedster

CHAPTER 5 GREAT EUROPEAN DROPHEAD COUPES AND CABRIOLETS
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model S Touring
1930 Trossi Mercedes-Benz SSK
1939 Bugatti Type 57C
1947 Bentley MK VI Franay Cabriolet
1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport

CHAPTER 6 POST WAR EVOLUTION OF CONVERTIBLES—1945 to 1959
1952 Hudson Hornet Brougham
1953–1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Cadillac Eldorado
1955 Porsche 356 Continental
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 BMW 507

CHAPTER 7 HIGH-PERFORMACE ERA—1960S AND 1970S MUSCLE CARS
1960 Chrysler 300F
1963 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 1⁄2 Ford Mustang
1967 Chevrolet Corvette L71 Roadster
1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda

CHAPTER 8 EUROPEAN CONVERTIBLES: TOPS DOWN AND REVS UP!
1960 MGA Twin Cam
1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder California
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
1993 Jaguar XJS Cabriolet
1998 BMW Z3

CHAPTER 9 THE TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY CONVERTIBLE
2010 Ford Mustang GT
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK
2010 Porsche Boxster
2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

INDEX

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