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Drop the top on these 3 convertibles

Drop the top on these 3 convertibles

Editor’s Note: The Beach. She beckons. Heed the call this summer, but first make sure your vehicle of choice is beach-approved. In this limited series we reveal our favorite beach cars; in this edition vintage gold to scratch your retro itch.

Given the boom in the used car market over the past year and the countless Instagram feeds devoted to curating glamorous photos of retro cars on the streets of New York and LA, this summer may finally be the time to pull the trigger for the vintage car you’ve been eyeing. Not your grandparents’ beige minivan or the Griswold station wagon – we’re talking about the gritty, glitzy stars of the 60s, 70s and 80s, aka the days before planned obsolescence. They are made to last and look good. If you drive to the beach with one of these, you will almost certainly see people stopping to take pictures. And who knows, it might just end up on one of those Instagram feeds.

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The 450SL is the car that brought vintage cars back into the zeitgeist. It’s the convertible among convertibles and looks just as good in the movies (think Richard Gere’s car in the American Gigolo), as it does in Malibu. This showstopper screams vintage luxury, especially with the roof down. At the moment, prices seem to have bottomed out – a good opportunity to grab a sample at a good price.

Also consider: Porsche 914, Pontiac GTO convertible (Gen 1)

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Ford Bronco (first generation)

If you’re heading for the dunes at Ditch Plains, the Ford Bronco should be your car of choice. Mentally, it’s part Jeep, part Range Rover. Since Ford stopped making these for a while in the 90s, it’s unlikely you’ll see others on the road and it’ll be even harder to find one. Broncos are known for being easy to work on and attention-grabbing. The OG Bronco was conceived by the same man responsible for the first Mustang and approved by Lee Iacocca himself to compete with similar vehicles from Jeep and Toyota. The new Bronco rocks, but can’t compete with old-school cool.

Also consider: International Harvester Scout, Toyota Land Cruiser

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If there is ONE car that is really made for getting to and from the beach, it is the Fiat 500 Jolly. With no doors, wicker seats and an engine only slightly larger than a lawnmower, this is the car for short trips to the beach with perhaps a quick stop for gelato on the way home. The perfect beach for these perfect cars? Somewhere in Italy of course. Portofino? amalfi? Isola Elba? You decide. Or maybe you don’t need a beach at all – legend has it that when the Jolly came into service, the then head of Fiat asked for something to drive him to and on his personal yacht.

Also consider: Volkswagen Thing, Mini Moke

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