It was a feature that made the Herald into something quite special - much more modern than the Morris 1000 ragtop
and not as staid as the Hillman Minx.
fans can pick up a bargain - because the price of new models is being kept artificially low by intense competition.
The last Oldsmobile convertible was a Delta 88 Royale ragtop that rolled off the assembly line in 1975.
The BMW 325i convertible costs over $9000 more and Saab's ragtop is over $8000 more than their respective two-door models.
Motor industry spokesman Tom Madden said: "The depths of winter may seem a strange time to buy a convertible, but we are seeing demand for ragtops
at all times of the year.
Starting out just above $20,000 and fully loaded for around $27,000, this remains among the rare ragtops
that can actually fit four and offer enough trunk space for a tolerable vacation.
are so busy dazzling you with their pretty features that they don't have time to give a creditable growl from under the bonnet.
Saab 900 convertibles are among the most practical ragtops
on the road.
As last winter descended many thrusting post-teen roister doisters disposed of their ageing ragtops
, either because the mission of female conquest had been accomplished, or their choice of weapon had an abject failure.
The manually operated convertible top rolls with relative ease, while four passenger can ride with more room than in past VW ragtops
Unlike most ragtops
, it doesn't do away with the entire top structure.
Leave the new bright yellow Chrysler Crossfire ragtop
parked in any company carpark at lunchtime and you'll collect a small but noisy, argumentative crowd around it faster than you can say "custard square".
She used to tool around in a Chrysler LeBaron before switching to the white Solara with a tan ragtop
four years ago and plans on keeping the Toyota when the lease comes up next year.