dgpcolorado wrote: GRA wrote:
Think how much better the view would be if he got out of the car!
Having once owned a convertible, everything else falls into the also-ran category, view-wise.
How about at 80 mph, the speed limit on a lot of highways nowadays? I never understood the attraction of convertibles.
I once drove my Datsun 2000 up to Mt. Shasta via I-505 and I-5 averaging 85 most of the way, and that car lacked the modern aero mods that have eliminated most of the draft around the driver and passenger. No problem at all, beyond the lack of air conditioning and the 80-90 temps (I'd gotten an early start to avoid the afternoon triple-digit temps. As this was around 1980, I didn't have access to another car with A/C). It's true that a convertible's advantages are often quite climate/season/condition-specific, but I think everyone would enjoy trying one once for the experience when the weather's nice. In fall, I often used to take mine out onto the twisting rural roads in Marin County early on Sunday mornings, dressed in a wool sweater, a hooded windbreaker, watch cap and driving gloves, with the tonneau covering just the passenger side, the windows rolled up and the heater on. Worked fine, at least for my then ca. 20 year-old self, and I gave the car and myself a good workout when no one else was out there who could be injured if I boobed.
I didn't even own a convertible top for mine for some years, although I had the frame for it. Most of the time I just used the tonneau cover with one or both sides folded back as needed, and in winter I put the hardtop on. As the 2000 was a Japanese attempt at building a 1960's British sports car, putting the convertible top up or down took far longer than it should and really benefited from having two people to do it, so the tonneau was the easy choice. A car like that's best for a hard 1/2 or 1 hour drive, but I drove it up to Yosemite, on ski trips etc. as well as using it for commuting. I could easily see myself owning an S2000, or a dark metallic green BMW Z3 roadster (never been a fan of the Z4's looks) like this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=green+bmw+z3+roadster&rlz=1CASMAD_enUS742US742&tbm=isch&imgil=xZ448cZwUAJqHM%253A%253BBbHgWfb6uPeq5M%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.pinterest.com%25252Fexplore%25252Fbmw-z3%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=xZ448cZwUAJqHM%253A%252CBbHgWfb6uPeq5M%252C_&usg=__698TA7rHnABQrPNlBxmrMOE9qrI%3D&biw=1280&bih=686&ved=0ahUKEwjL1um_88DTAhXFKGMKHU4ZDPoQyjcIRQ&ei=su7_WMu1G8XRjAPOsrDQDw#imgrc=h8rWEc_oxe1a3M:
if I wanted to have more than 1 car.