It’s my flip for the weekly roundup of favourite picks from the AutoHunter public sale docket, and I’ve discovered a tasty collection of sporty convertibles for driving enjoyable in the summertime solar. 

1966 Ford Mustang convertible

Sporting a beautiful coat of Tahoe Turquoise paint, this first-gen Mustang is supplied with a 289cid V8 and automated transmission.  The white cloth prime seems to be in good situation, as does the chrome trim, together with a set of GT-style fog lights set into the grille. 

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The Pony package deal inside is a sought-after possibility

A particular characteristic is the Pony Bundle inside, with reupholstered seats and door panels embossed with galloping mustangs. The inside additionally has some aftermarket additions for consolation and comfort.

“A custom-built matching middle console has been added between the entrance seats that includes an armrest, twin cup holders, and storage compartments,” the vendor says within the advert description. “Further facilities embody a push-button radio with kick panel-mounted audio system, a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and woodgrain applique on the sprint face.”

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1964 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia convertible

One other acquainted mid-60s traditional, this bright-red VW cutey has been “refinished in and out,” in line with the vendor, together with rebuilds of its 1.2-liter, 40-horsepower flat-4 engine and 4-speed transaxle.  The automotive has been repainted, and a brand new prime was put in.

The inside was reupholstered in two-tone black and tan fabric low-back bucket seats, with matching door panels and black carpeting.  The steering wheel has the Wolfsburg citadel crest at its middle, and an AM/FM/CD stereo system has been put in, hidden away within the glove field.

This seems to be a gleaming and pleasant instance of Volkswagen’s sporty Sort 3 variant.

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1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible  

On the different finish of the efficiency equation is that this Corvette powered by a booming 427cid V8 with output round 500 horsepower, in line with the vendor, linked to a 4-speed handbook transmission and 12-bolt Positraction rear.  The large block is a alternative engine, the vendor notes, though the transmission and rear are believed to be authentic.

This was the primary 12 months of the C3 era, and it has all of the hallmarks of the Mako Shark concept-car transition. The modern fiberglass physique has been repainted in Rally Pink and sits on a powered-coated chassis.  The sports activities automotive is supplied with manufacturing unit energy steering and brakes together with air con, which the vendor says wants restore.

The Corvette has a white fabric prime put in, and a color-matched detachable hardtop is included with the sale.  

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1964 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

The beautiful Austin Healey was the recipient of a two-year, frame-off restoration “and was refinished each in and out, that includes a {custom} Cream Metallic Gold exterior and a alternative black fabric retractable prime,” the vendor says within the advert.

The British sports activities automotive has its numbers-matching 2.9-liter inline-6 engine, fed by a pair of SU carburetors and rated at 150 horsepower, and linked with a 4-speed handbook transmission.  These automobiles normally got here with electrical overdrive, though the advert doesn’t say as such.

The red-vinyl 2+2 inside seems splendid, and the Healey rides on a set of chrome wire wheels.

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1955 Ford Thunderbird

Right here’s yet one more glowing pink ragtop, this one a notable traditional of the ‘50s and the primary 12 months of Ford’s iconic Tri-5 T’fowl two-seaters. These elegant roadsters have been extra boulevard cruisers than outright sports activities automobiles, with delicate rides and most frequently with automated transmissions, however they did what they did whereas wanting completely cool, then and now.

With simply 55,000 authentic miles, this Thunderbird has had an obvious repaint in Torch Pink with a white prime and white-and-red inside.  Energy comes from the unique 292cid Y-block V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and Ford-O-Matic automated transmission, which the vendor notes has “a small fluid leak.”

The inside seems to be in nice situation, and the automotive has an up to date 12-volt electrical system from 6 volts, a conversion that’s not practically so simple as it would sound.

As an added attraction, the Thunderbird stands on what appear like Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, or cheap facsimiles.

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1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

A historic aspect word: the ’76 Eldorado convertible got here at a time when most people believed open-top automobiles have been on the finish of their line due to federal security rules.  Thusly, this final-year Cadillac mannequin was thought-about presumably the final of its form.  Many individuals purchased them and put them away as landmark collectibles.

Clearly, reviews of the dying of the convertible have been tremendously exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain. However the mighty Eldo nonetheless reigns as an icon, among the many largest and most opulent drop tops of its day.   

This Eldorado presents as a time capsule, with simply 43,000 miles on its odometer and an 8-track stereo in its dashboard.   Pink with a white prime and white leather-based seats, the Eldorado is seemingly in all-original preserved situation. 

The plus-size luxurious craft is powered by a 500cid V8 fed via a 3-speed automated and then-unusual front-wheel drive.  That may sound like lots of efficiency gusto, however the huge large block was rated at simply 190 emissions-choked horsepower.

Not the final convertible, however an actual timepiece land yacht and a sure head turner in all places it cruises.