Convertible, Roadster, Targa: Decoding Open-Air Driving Bliss

by AutoExpert   |  16 February, 2024

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Driving with the wind down your face, full adrenaline boost in your heart and an absolute feeling of freedom... You got it. We're talking about those top-up, top-down marvellous cars that come in different shapes and forms: convertibles, roadsters, and targa tops flying. 

Oh, you don't know the difference between those ones? No worries, let's make it all clear!

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First off, let’s talk about what’s what in the world of cars that let you go topless at the push of a button or the flick of a latch:

  • Convertibles and Cabriolets: These are basically the cool kids of the car world that let you switch from a cozy cocoon to open-air freedom. Whether you fancy the term convertible or go all fancy with cabriolet (just the French way of saying convertible), it’s all about cars that let you fold down the roof and stash it. These beauties usually come with a fabric top, though some rock a hardtop. Most have two doors and four seats, but let’s be real, those back seats are more for your bags than your buddies.

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  • Roadsters and Speedsters: These are the sporty rebels, always open to the sky. While they might make you think they can switch between having a roof and going without, roadsters are all about that permanent sunroof life. They’re the two-seaters that scream adventure and speed. And speedsters? They take it up a notch with a no-frills approach—think raw, fast, and sometimes without even a windshield.

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  • Targa Tops: Then there’s the targa top, the middle ground of open-air driving. It’s like having a sunroof on steroids. You need to manually remove the roof panels and this gives you the best of both worlds without sacrificing any of the car's rigidity, thanks to a sturdy roll bar.

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Now, for those of you who want to actually buy one car like the above: we'll help you make the best choice for you: 

  • Choosing Your Ride: If Sunday drives or cruising with a bit of elbow room for the kiddos is your jam, a convertible or cabriolet with four seats is your best bet. Targa tops? They’re great if you’re not keen on sacrificing trunk space for the roof’s hideaway spot. And for the purists who live for performance and don’t mind checking the weather app before heading out, roadsters are your soulmates.
  • Soft-Top vs. Hard-Top Convertibles: It’s a toss-up between the classic charm and lighter touch of soft tops and the sleek look and security of hard tops. Soft tops are quick and quiet, but if you’re after that coupe feel with the option of going topless, a hard top’s got your back.

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Whether you’re dreaming of a budget-friendly Mazda MX-5 Miata or drooling over a Pagani Huayra Roadster BC, there’s a convertible out there with your name on it. The choice boils down to how you want to experience the road and, of course, how much you’re willing to let your wallet take the hit.

And for those fun facts to drop at parties:

  • The first car to rock a convertible hardtop? That was a Peugeot back in 1934, thanks to a genius named Georges Paulin.
  • First to automate the magic? The 1957 Ford Crestline Skyliner took the crown, transforming from solid to sky in about six seconds.
  • Wondering about that canvas top’s lifespan? It’s a mix of care, usage, and parking strategy. Treat it right, and it’ll last you ages.
  • Eyeing a used car with a tired soft top? Could be a steal or a money pit. Do your homework on replacement costs to see if it’s worth the gamble.

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That's your crash course in the world of cars that let you choose your own adventure, sky-wise. Keep this guide handy, and you’ll be the go-to guru on all things convertible, roadster, and targa top. Drive safe, and enjoy the breeze!

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