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Encyclopedia > Convertible
Saab 900 Convertible
Saab 900 Convertible
1962 Rambler American
1962 Rambler American
1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible
1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible
Convertible can also refer to a convertible security

A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka 'soft top' or 'top' in USA, 'hood' in UK). classic Saab 900 convertible File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... classic Saab 900 convertible File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links 1962_Rambler_American_Conv-Red. ... Image File history File links 1962_Rambler_American_Conv-Red. ... The original Rambler was an automobile produced of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company then by its successor, Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and finally, by its successor, American Motors Corporation (all in Kenosha, Wisconsin). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1980 AMC Eagle drivetrain and suspension components. ... A convertible security is a security (finance) that can be converted into another security, for example a bond that under certain terms can be converted into equity. ... Original meaning A cabriolet was a light, two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a folding calash top, seating two persons behind the drivers box. ... British English (BrE, BE, en-GB) is the broad term used to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere in the Anglophone world. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ...


The collapsible roof section is typically made from flexible canvas or vinyl over an articulated folding frame, although rigid plastic, aluminium, and steel have occasionally been used in elaborate folding designs. Most modern vehicles have an electrical retraction mechanism. When the top is erected it is secured to the windshield frame header with automatic or manual latches. Look up Canvas in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Chemical structure of the vinyl functional group. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... General Name, Symbol, Number aluminium, Al, 13 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 13, 3, p Appearance silvery Standard atomic weight 26. ... The steel cable of a colliery winding tower. ...


When the top is made of a rigid material such as steel it is often referred to as a retractable hardtop instead of a convertible; in Europe this body style is frequently called coupé cabriolet or coupé convertible. 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 A Retractable Hardtop (also known as a coupe convertible and coupe cabriolet) refers to a car with a movable roof for a convertible that is made of plastic or metal. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...


Unlike a roadster, which may also have a soft folding top offering little protection from inclement weather, and thus called a "ragtop"; a convertible has roll-up glass windows in the sides so the entire vehicle is "convertible" to an enclosed coupé. Because most convertibles utilized a cloth type material, as opposed to a metal roof, the term "ragtop" often used as slang for a convertible. 1923 Ford Model T roadster 1950 Jaguar XK120 roadster This article is about the roadster car body style. ... The Peugeot 406 Coupé, designed by Pininfarina 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupé, noted for its large, angular design 1980s Volvo 480 two-box coupé 1997 Rover Vitesse Coupe, club coupe Mercedes CLS, a modern four-door coupé Gala-Coupé of Leopold II, Brussels 1970s Sunbeam Alpine fastback coupé A coup...


Convertibles are usually 2 door models, only a few 4 door models exist e.g. the 1960s Lincoln Continental. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Lincoln Continental, an automobile produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company, began for the 1939 model year. ...


The majority of convertibles are rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, however an automatic four-wheel drive convertible was introduced in the early 1980s in the AMC Eagle line that featured a steel targa bar and a removable fiberglass roof section. Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... This article is missing citation of sources. ... 1980 AMC Eagle drivetrain and suspension components. ... Targa top body style Targa top, or targa for short, is a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar behind the seats. ...


History in America

Lincoln Continental, 4 door convertible
Lincoln Continental, 4 door convertible

In the vintage car era, the convertible was the default body style. It was not until 1910 that Cadillac introduced the first closed-body car. A combination of weak engines and public expectation that a car was analogous to a wagon meant that steel roofs were not in demand until then. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... 1960s Lincoln Continental Convertible. ... 1960s Lincoln Continental Convertible. ... A vintage car is commonly defined as a car built between the start of 1919 and the end of 1930. ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ...


During the 1950s and 1960s, convertibles were available from automakers in the U.S. in a broad variety of models and trim levels. Most often they were the prestige models in their respective line, such as the Packard Caribbean, Oldsmobile 98, or the Imperial by Chrysler. However, economical versions in compact sizes were also popular, including the Rambler American and the Studebaker Lark. 1955 magazine ad for the Packard Caribbean The Packard Caribbean was a halo vehicle produced by the Packard Motors Corporation of Detroit, Michigan during model years 1953 through 1956. ... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ... 1955 Imperial Imperial was the Chrysler Corporations prestige automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981-1983. ... The original Rambler was an automobile produced of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company then by its successor, Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and finally, by its successor, American Motors Corporation (all in Kenosha, Wisconsin). ... 1960 Studebaker Lark convertible was advertised extensivly; the airborne womens handkerchiefs mimicked the cars stylized lark in flight insignia. ...


Later, convertibles were made less often, possibly due in part to an unfulfilled threat made in the mid-1970s by the United States government to increase rollover safety requirements that may have made auto manufacturers hesitant to manufacture cars that would be unsellable under those new restrictions. By the 1970s they had almost disappeared in the U.S. In 1976 the Cadillac Eldorado was advertised as "The last convertible in America". During this period of very low convertible production, T-tops became a popular alternative to convertibles, especially in muscle cars. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ... Open sunroof in a Peugeot 206. ... The Pontiac GTO is a classic example of the muscle car. ...


In other parts of the world and on the European market in particular, convertible production continued throughout this era, some of the more notable models being the Mercedes SL, the VW Beetle Cabriolet, the VW Golf Cabriolet and the Jaguar E-type. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ... This article is about the original Volkswagen Beetle. ... The Volkswagen Golf (Mark 1 and Mark 5 badged as Volkswagen Rabbit in North America) is a compact car / small family car that Volkswagen manufactures. ... A 1963 Series 1 3. ...


It was not until the 1980s and cars like the Chrysler LeBaron and Saab 900 convertibles that the body style made a comeback in the United States. Also in the 1980s, hot hatches such as the Ford Escort XR3i and Volkswagen Golf GTI were selling a high amount of cabriolets, and in the 1990s, the Mazda MX-5 again cemented the convertible as the sports car body style of choice. Today, there are scores of convertible cars offered by nearly every manufacturer. Chrysler introduced the LeBaron model in 1977 as its lowest priced model, and the name was used on various Chryslers until 1995. ... See Saab 900 (NG) (a. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Sport compact. ... The Ford Escort was a small family car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1967 through 2003. ... The Volkswagen Golf is an automobile manufactured by Volkswagen. ... The Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata (IPA: /miαrə/ or /miαtə/) in North America and Roadster (IPA: /lodostα/) in Japan, is a sports car built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan, since 1989. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ...




Notable convertibles

Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto. ... 1959 Ambassador by Rambler Cross Country hardtop wagon The AMC Ambassador was an automobile produced by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1958 until 1974. ... The DB9 Volante is the convertible version of the Aston Martin DB9. ... The Audi A4 is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker Audi since 1994. ... The Audi TT is a sports car produced by Audi since 1998 in Győr, Hungary. ... 2003 Bentley Azure Mulliner Final Series The Bentley Azure was a large, four-seat convertible luxury car. ... Bentley Continental GT Bentley Continental GTC Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer coupe with two doors and a 2+2 seating arrangement released in 2003, replacing the previous Rolls-Royce-based Continental R and T. The Continental GT has a 6 litre W12 engine with twin turbochargers that produce... The Buick Electra and the Buick Electra 225 were full-size premium automobiles built by the Buick division of General Motors. ... The BMW Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW, as well as the first BMW model assembled in the United States. ... The BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel drive sports car by the German automaker BMW, known as the E85 in roadster form and E86 in coupe form. ... The BMW 3 Series is an entry-level luxury car / compact executive car manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. ... The BMW 6 Series is two distinct lines of automobiles from BMW, both coupés. ... The Sixty Special name has been used at Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. ... The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. ... XLR shown with the top up The XLR is a luxury roadster sold by the Cadillac division of General Motors and is assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is the sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... The Chevrolet SSR (the SSR standing for Super Sport Roadster) was a convertible pickup truck produced from the Chevrolet division of American automaker General Motors from 2003 through 2006. ... Chrysler introduced the LeBaron model in 1977 as its lowest priced model, and the name was used on various Chryslers until 1995. ... The Crossfire is a rear-wheel drive sports car sold by Daimler Chryslers Chrysler marque, and replaced the Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler. ... The Chrysler PT Cruiser is a retro-styled station wagon or hatchback built by Chrysler, a marque of DaimlerChrysler, launched in 2001 as the entry-level Chrysler. ... The Chrysler Sebring is a line of mid-size automobiles sold by DaimlerChrysler. ... The Chrysler TC by Maserati was a Chrysler Q platform GT car jointly developed by Chrysler and Maserati. ... The 400 was Dodges compact K-Car coupe/convertible in the early 1980s. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Ford Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company, originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. ... The Geo Metro first appeared in Chevrolet-Geo showrooms in 1989. ... The Honda S600 Roadster The Honda S600 is an automobile manufactured by Honda. ... “S2000” redirects here. ... The Honda Beat is a mid-engined two-seat convertible kei car produced from in May 1991 to February 1996. ... Advertisement for the 1954 Hudson Hornet The Hudson Hornet was an automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1951 and 1954. ... The Ford Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company, originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. ... The Jaguar XK120 was a sports car manufactured by Jaguar Cars between 1949 and 1954. ... The Wrangler (also known as the YJ, TJ, and JK, as explained below) is a mini SUV produced by American automaker Chrysler under its Jeep marque. ... The Lincoln Continental, an automobile produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company, began for the 1939 model year. ... The Lotus Elise is a roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1996 by the English manufacturer Lotus Cars. ... Lotus Elan is the name of two convertible automobiles and one fixed head coupé produced by Lotus Cars. ... The Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata (IPA: /miαrə/ or /miαtə/) in North America and Roadster (IPA: /lodostα/) in Japan, is a sports car built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan, since 1989. ... Mercedes-Benz G-Class (G 500 V8) Commonly referred to as the G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen (or Cross-Country Vehicle), Mercedes-Benz secured military contracts for the vehicle in the late 1970s and offered a civilian version to the public in 1979. ... The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ... Mercerdes-Benz SLK 200 (11/2004) The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a small luxury 2-door roadster. ... The name Mercury Capri has been used for several different cars over the years. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The MGB was Britains best-selling sports car model. ... For the new MINI, see MINI (BMW). ... The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a two-door, four-seat sport compact automobile that has been in production since 1989 for left hand drive markets including the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. ... The Nash Metropolitan was a subcompact car that was sold from 1954 to 1962. ... The Nissan 350Z is a sports car manufactured by Nissan Motor Co, LTD. The 350Z is the fifth (and current) generation of Nissans Z-car line, originally introduced in 1970 as the Datsun 240Z. The 350Z entered production in late 2002 and was sold and marketed as a 2003... The MK4 Astra Cabrio was introduced in 2001 and was built by Italian Design House and Coachbuilder Bertone. ... The Opel GT is a two-seat sports car introduced by Opel in 1968. ... The Saturn Sky is a roadster from the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... The Saturn Sky is a roadster to be released in the first quarter of 2006 as a 2007 model. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Vauxhall VX220. ... Vauxhall VX220 turbo. ... 1994 Vauxhall Tigra The Opel Tigra is a sports car produced by Opel (a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation) based on its Corsa supermini. ... 1955 magazine ad for the Packard Caribbean The Packard Caribbean was a halo vehicle produced by the Packard Motors Corporation of Detroit, Michigan during model years 1953 through 1956. ... The Peugeot 206 is a supermini manufactured by the French automaker Peugeot since 1998. ... The Peugeot 307 is a compact automobile produced by the French Peugeot manufacturer since 2001. ... The Pontiac Solstice GXP was introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. ... 1999 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe The Pontiac Sunfire was a compact car made by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The Porsche 356 was a sports car produced from 1948 through 1965. ... The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined roadster built by Porsche. ... The original Rambler was an automobile produced of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company then by its successor, Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and finally, by its successor, American Motors Corporation (all in Kenosha, Wisconsin). ... The Renault 19 was a compact automobile produced by the Renault company of France between 1988 and 1995. ... Renault Mégane pre-2002 Renault Mégane Convertible Renault Mégane CC The Renault Mégane is a small family car produced by the French automaker Renault since 1995. ... See Saab 900 (NG) (a. ... Saab 900 Talladega The second generation Saab 900 (called the NG900 among enthusiasts) was a compact car replacing the classic Saab 900 in 1994. ... The Saab 9-3 is a compact executive car produced by the automaker Saab in Trollhättan, Sweden, although the convertible (cabriolet) version is made under license in Austria. ... The Toyota Camry Solara is a mid-size coupe/convertible designed and engineered by Toyota to capture the practical sport enthusiast car market. ... The Toyota MR2 is a two-seat, mid-engined, rear wheel drive sports car produced by Toyota from 1984 until July 2007 when production stops in Japan, in three different design series. ... The Volvo C70 is a compact car built by the Ford Motor Companys Volvo subsidiary. ... This article is about the original Volkswagen Beetle. ... The Volkswagen Golf (Mark 1 and Mark 5 badged as Volkswagen Rabbit in North America) is a compact car / small family car manufactured by Volkswagen. ... Back view Eos Highway 1 The Volkswagen Eos is a coupe convertible from Volkswagen produced from 2006. ... The Volkswagen Type 181 Kurierwagen, popularly known in the United States as the Thing and in Mexico as the Safari, was a small military vehicle produced by Volkswagen from 1969 to 1983, although civilian sales stopped in 1980. ...

See also

2005 Porsche Boxster S
2005 Porsche Boxster S

2005 Porsche Boxster S Photographed in Pittsburgh, PA This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... 2005 Porsche Boxster S Photographed in Pittsburgh, PA This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... A Citroën 2CV with the roof up. ... 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 A Retractable Hardtop (also known as a coupe convertible and coupe cabriolet) refers to a car with a movable roof for a convertible that is made of plastic or metal. ... 1923 Ford Model T roadster 1950 Jaguar XK120 roadster This article is about the roadster car body style. ... Spyder or Spider is a term for a convertible car body style. ... Targa top body style Targa top, or targa for short, is a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar behind the seats. ... Open sunroof in a Peugeot 206. ... Carson top is a one-piece, padded, upholstered, removable top. ...

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Convertible Securities - Convertibles (Fast Answer) (846 words)
A "convertible security" is a security - usually a bond or a preferred stock - that can be converted into a different security - typically shares of the company's common stock.
The convertible security financing arrangements might also include caps or other provisions to limit dilution (the reduction in earnings per share and proportional ownership that occurs when, for example, holders of convertible securities convert those securities into common stock).
By contrast, in less conventional convertible security financings, the conversion ratio may be based on fluctuating market prices to determine the number of shares of common stock to be issued on conversion.
Ford Mustang GT Convertible - RSportsCars.com (0 words)
And because the convertible was designed alongside the coupe and not as an afterthought, it is much more solid than coupe-derived convertibles of the past.
Thanks to intelligent engineering that resulted in a convertible platform with more than twice the torsional stiffness of the previous version, this is the most quiet and solid drop top Mustang ever produced.
The squeaks, shakes and rattles to which convertibles typically are prone are startlingly missing from the Mustang GT Convertible.
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