Category: Topless Thursday

Colonial Cream: 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 47.5K Survivor – Best Offer

Anticipating the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) would implement roll-over crash requirements for cars, most automobile manufacturers were well on their way for phasing out factory-built convertibles.  By 1975, General Motors (“GM”) was the only domestic company offering convertibles. 

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Faux Final: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Bicentennial Convertible 20K Survivor – $29,995

The last American convertible. That is how Cadillac pitched the 1976 Fleetwood Eldorado, even showing a buyer of two putting one in storage he could enjoy later on in their commercial for the car that year. Cadillac even upped the ante at the end of the 14,000 unit production run by making the last two hundred produced “Bicentennial Editions” to celebrate the nation’s 200th birthday that year.  All 200 of these cars were identical, painted white with a dual red/blue pinstripe along the upper bodyside, and inside, a commemorative plaque was mounted on the dashboard:

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Cancel Culture: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible 57K – NOW $10,000 OBO

“Cancel Culture” is not new, especially in the automotive world.  Looking back, many car designs were “Canceled” by the automotive press over the years.  Notable examples include Chrysler’s Airflow and Ford’s Edsel. However, arguably the most canceled car in automotive history has to be Chevrolet’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle.

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Rad Roller: 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche I Convertible – STILL $48,500

RADwood events are a recent phenomenon among younger collectors who enjoy cars from the 1980s and 1990s. A car must have been designed and produced between 1980 and 1999 to enter an event. Exceptions are made as to when a car was designed.  One notable exception is the Rolls Royce models produced during that time frame that were designed years earlier.

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