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 |  Sep 18 2013, 5:02 PM

Top 10 Cheapest Convertibles


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In the market for a convertible but the Jaguar F-Type doesn’t fit your budget? AutoGuide has compiled a list of the top 10 cheapest convertibles currently available.

 |  Apr 05 2013, 9:01 AM

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The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is essentially a big toy for big boys, and now the convertible variant will be acting as the official Festival cars for this year’s Indianapolis 500.

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 |  Oct 17 2012, 2:13 PM

In the fifth installment of the series, Amy Tokic takes out her last two picks for a test drive. Miss the other articles? Catch up on all her adventures – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

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 |  Jul 30 2012, 9:01 AM

Official pricing for the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible has been announced, with the drop-top performance model starting at $60,445. The American automaker has also announced that the Camaro 1LE model will start at $37,035.

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 |  Mar 27 2012, 7:45 PM

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Last May, Chevrolet debuted its 45th Anniversary Camaro, offering the package to any 2LT or 2SS trim level coupe or convertible. However, the first 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible is a different story. For that, head down to Palm Beach, Fla. on April 6 for the Barrett-Jackson Auction.

All proceeds from the sale of the 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The 45th Anniversary package comes with Carbon Flash Metallic paint, 20-inch wheels, unique stripe package, custom interior with black and red leather seats, custom fog lights, taillights, and 45th Anniversary badging.

Purchased separately, the package is priced at $1,375, which isn’t bad considering what you get.

That price is sure not to apply to the 2SS 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible, which is one-of-a-kind with VIN 001 sporting the 6.2L V8 with a six-speed manual transmission. Those that can’t attend the event in Florida may also bid online.

GALLERY: 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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 |  Jan 29 2012, 10:00 AM

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Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? This custom classic Chevy Camaro combines vintage good looks with cutting-edge technology, allowing it to accelerate, turn and stop better than the majority of cars on the road today.

This frame-up built Camaro Pro Touring features an LS3 V8 powerplant under the hood and could be yours for the price of $129,900. It only sports 409-miles on the odometer, and its House of Kolor Galaxy Gray exterior is subtle yet classy.

The car originated from Pennsylvania, but was shipped over to The Installation Center out in Cleveland, Georgia where it began its impressive rebuild process. The majority of panels were replaced with high-quality restoration pieces before the vehicle made its way to Classic Cars Southeast in Lebanon, Tennessee where the body was fine-tuned to showroom fit and finish. The Galaxy Gray was then meticulously sprayed onto the vehicle while a set of House of Kolor Laser Red stripes contrasts the otherwise subtle exterior.

Under the hood however is a pristine 480-hp GM Performance Parts LS376/480 Hot Cam V8 powerplant. Cooling on the V8 has been upgraded with a Griffin polished aluminum radiator, an electric fan and fresh new hoses. Ceramic long-tube headers and a true  dual stainless steel exhaust system expels out all the fumes.

The suspension on this retro resale has been overhauled with products from Hotchkis, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, and Varishock while the brakes are courtesy of G-street. On each of the four corners are 17-inch Foose Nitrous Chrome Legend wheels sporting Fuzion ZR1 rubber. The interior is traditional ’68 Camaro but has received some custom accents from M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Marquez Design. There is even some good ‘ol Kenwood speakers with Alpine amplifiers to give the Camaro a more sonorous cabin when you’re not enjoying the tone of the exhaust.

GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  May 05 2011, 1:49 PM

A widespread outcry by race fans and Indianapolis residents has led to Donald Trump being given the boot from the Indy 500 pace car drivers seat.

Trump was scheduled to drive a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible at this summer’s race. While Trump claimed earlier that he would not back down from the opportunity, race organizers are apparently meeting to discuss how to prevent The Donald from taking his place at the Brickyard. Organizers discussed various options from replacing Trump with another celebrity, to changing the actual pace car and bringing in a new driver. Trump allegedly decided to bow out himself using the excuse of time constraints to justify his exit. Organizers say that a new driver will be announced later this month.

[Source: Jalopnik]

 |  Mar 22 2011, 11:38 AM

Donald Trump is set to join the illustrious list of Indy 500 Pace Car drivers when he slides behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS at the quintessential American motorsports event.

The Camaro SS Pace Car, announced earlier this year, will be a convertible model, and that gives us extra incentive to tune in. We can’t wait to see how the Donald’s hair holds up at triple digit speeds.

[Source: New York Post]

 |  Mar 08 2011, 5:24 PM

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The perpetual tide of new Chevrolet Camaro variants keeps rolling in, with another new model set to be unveiled at Camaro5Fest. Details are scant but the event, a gathering for members of a 5th generation Camaro forum, should be a venue that will ensure an enthusiastic reception for Chevrolet.

The new model will be unveiled around noon on April 15th, and you can expect us to have first details of the newest member of the Camaro lineup.

[Source: Camaro5]

 |  Jan 24 2011, 11:58 AM

In a somewhat rare occurrence these days, publicity hungry General Motors, actually surprised everybody by unveiling a new Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indianapolis Pace Car at Barrett-Jackson’s Westworld Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.

To top it off, the very first of these 50 cars, (production of the rest isn’t scheduled to start until next month), was auctioned off for charity this past Saturday on behalf of the David Foster Foundation. Foster is a Grammy award winning music producer and songwriter whose foundation supports families with children in need of life saving organ transplants.

As part of the deal, the winning bidder will take delivery of the car at the track on Memorial Day weekend and will also be allowed to actually drive their latest toy during the parade laps of the actual race. Bear in mind this Camaro is a festival car, not the actual pacer, but still, what a chance of a lifetime.

What makes this aspect even more special is that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first race was run way back in 1911.

Bidding stalled out at $225,000 for this particular Camaro, but still; a Deuce and a Quarter grand is still a nice chunk of change to help families and kids in need.

A couple of interesting points – although the Camaro convertible is being listed as a 2012 model by GM, this particular car was categorized as a 2011 at B-J, perhaps as a nod to enhance it’s one-off status, ahead of the other 49 replicas. In addition, while the new Camaro close mimicks the ’69 version, the color isn’t an exact match, the stripes are a dark shade of orange and the color is Summit white, as opposed to Dover white on the original. The new one also doesn’t come with a Houndstooth interior, but still; it’s a very neat car.

 |  Jun 23 2010, 3:07 PM

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was spied by some intrepid members of the Camaro5 forums. Unfortunately, the cars were out on a gloomy, rainy day and so their roofs were up, which is generally an unflattering position for any ragtop. Mechanically, not much will change between the coupe and the convertibles, with the same V6 and V8 engines available on both. However, only the ragtop will let you blast your favorite Bon Jovi tracks in full, earth-shaking glory.

The Camaro convertible will go on sale in the first quarter of 2011, with international sales scheduled to start shortly afterwards.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Apr 15 2010, 10:28 AM

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Chevy has just teased two pictures of the upcoming Camaro Convertible on its official Facebook page. The two pics (front and back) show a mostly unchanged vehicle from the original concept – as we expected.

No new details are available, but there’s not much to tell. We expect both V6 and V8 options, including the big 426-hp SS. Both automatic and manual transmissions should be offered (not that they’ll sell many stick-shifts). As for the top, it’ll be a soft top, which should help keep the weight gain to a minimum. Still, with the Camaro already a heft player, expect a cub weight of around 4,300 lbs – if not more.

Chevy is set to put the Camaro Convertible into production early in 2011 and if you listed carefully you can actually hear the fleet buyers at rental car agencies opening their wallets.

GALLERY: Chevy Camaro Convertible Teased

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[Source: Facebook]