A convertible car is also called a cabriolet in Great Britain. This is actually a car that has a folding roof that can allow you to have direct contact with the wind while you drive. The roof of the car is usually manufactured in light materials such as vinyl, canvas, aluminum, or even plastic. If the roof of the convertible car is made of a rigid material, the car is called coupe cabriolet or coupe convertible.
The history of the convertible car starts the very beginning of the history of automobiles. Did you know that all the cars were convertible to begin with, and it was only in 1910 that closed body style cars were introduced? This happened thanks to the Cadillac. However, up to 1910, a roof was not a must because the engine was weak, and the speed of the car was not threatening. During the 1950s and 1960s, the convertible cars became in vogue again, and there were many models available, manufactured by different American manufacturers. Some of these convertible cars included the Packard Caribbean, the Oldsmobile 98, or the Imperial by Chrysler.
There were also some cost-effective editions such as the Rambler American and the Studebaker Lark. All these models of convertible cars were highly popular and you had to have one in order to be in style. In the movies several of these models appeared, endorsing the style and making these convertibles even more popular. However, today, the convertible cars are not so popular as they used to be, but in case you would like one, the offer is quite impressive: the Alfa Romeo, the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the Audi A4 or the TT, the Bentley Azure, the BMW Z3 and Z4, the Buick Electra, the Dodge 400 or the Viper, the Ford Mustang, the Jeep Wrangler, the Lotus Elan, the Mercedes Benz SL and SLK, the MINI, the Nissan 350Z Roadster, the Opel Astra Capri, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota or Volkswagen and the list can continue.