Shop window shop with car and driver

Shop window shop with car and driver

Depending on where you are in the country, spring may be in bloom or in hiding. We expect Earth’s erratic climate will have to free Persephone and her sunny bounty at some point, hence this week’s challenge: convertibles for under $30,000.

Our Window Shop panelists almost never make the obvious choice, and this week’s challenge resulted in the expected tossed salad of harvests. Road & Rail editor-in-chief John Pearley Huffman reached back to 1985 for a maxed out expensive, minimally sporty, not quite factory drop top. The cohort thought he might have channeled Hall & Oates‘ biggest hit of the same year: ‘Out of Touch’.

There is nothing obvious about the choice of Deputy Editor-in-Chief Carlos Lago. He admits to jumping right over the Mazda Miata because it would be too easy and instead wanders deep into Chrysler’s left field. His find rises to the challenge, but while everyone wanted to talk about its unique design and engineering, no one wanted to drive or own it. Not even Lago.

Kentucky resident and employee Jonathon Ramsey selected a two-seat convertible made in the state of Bluegrass, but it’s not the fiberglass Chevy you’re thinking about. The last time Ramsey drove a car like the Cadillac he chose, a bartender doing the survey stated it was hot enough to wear undergarments. The crew points out that each taillight costs $3000, but the real takeaway here is to hear Pearley say “Drop trou” twice.

Deputy Test Director KC Colwell favored the spring sun in southern Germany in his also-not-exactly-factory ragtop. He landed on derExplosion Fupunktwhat German Ground Zero is to one of the best convertibles of the 90s for a midlife crisis.

Finally, editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga went to England for drophead that comes with a nice engine, terrible infotainment, beautiful lines and a free colonoscopy. Post joke about sunshine and where the sun doesn’t shine.

Voting is mandatory in Window Shop, so someone had to win. Like all picks, save one, the win wasn’t pretty, but this episode was all about the bad takes and the surprising commonalities we made along the way.

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