I had a Volvo C70 in California a few years ago, really liked it. Would own one if it didn't feel like a land barge to drive as I really thought that year's styling was sharp.
Currently deployed in afghaniland and ive been researching M3's (possible purchase when i get home)and got into a heated debate today about wether or not convertibles are an acceptable form of transportation for males. I strongly argued yes but every other person poled said hell no. Am I insane or do other people like a nice drop top, particularly the e36 M3 kind.
i rent a convertible every time work sends me to a warm locale. livin' la vida expense report!
to hell with everyone else, sometimes you just want to drop the top.
I'm always right. The sooner you realize this, the easier things will be.
(VW)'s I've retired: '69 Type 2 Panel, '88 Scirocco 8v, '89 Scirocco 16v, '92 GTI 16v, '91 Jetta VR6, '00 Audi A4, '94 Passat Wagon, '59 Type 2 Single Cab,'67 Type 2 Double Cab...
Depends on the car, and your personality. If you feel comfortable in an M3 convertible - you damn well could and should rock it! They are great looking cars, and definitely more of a man's convertible.
A Beetle convert? Hmmm.... yah not so much! But I've seen guys in them; older gentlemen driving their obviously long-time sweetheart around for a ride. Personally, I think this would be a very acceptable case of a man owning one. So like I said, depends on the car and your personality.
In the army I'm sure there are a lot of Alpha male types who will go their own course, lead others, and do what they think is best (more like you, who doesn't seem to care about what the other guys in your division you polled said)... and the rest will be meat heads who are just perhaps homo-phobic and act 'manly' at everything to cover up insecurity.
There are loads of convertibles that are acceptably masculine, although a real man drives whatever the hell he wants because he's a man, damn it.
That said, if we want to talk about cars for posers, there's the peerless hardtop e46 M3, in all of its glory at 3450 lb, as compared to its poser brother the convertible, which, at a soggy 3838 lbs, is 388 pounds heavier! With less torsional rigidity! That was the first moment, reading C&D in 2001, when I realized those coupes chopped to convertibles are style traded for substance.
Hell, it's even worse in the porkier E93: 4123 lbs compared to 3650, which is 473 pounds of Affliction t-shirts and Valtrex heavier. Why not just save 20 grand and buy a 328 convertible instead?
I find this especially cruel given that an E92 M3 with the 11 lbs lighter carbon roof gets me hard as a rock:
So it'd call this kind of convertible lame but not necessarily girly or gay.
They're lame until you've owned one for a short period of time. After that, everything else will feel too closed in, and you'll start putting the top down at every chance. However, for an E36 M3, I would most likely go with a coupe. Something about four seater convertibles doesn't do it for me.
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Or what Clarkson says here.
I was mocked for my Cabrio that I drove for four years. I didn't care at all. While the mockers were pent up inside whatever they drove, after a long day at work I just dropped the top and enjoyed my drive home. It was a 96 Cabrio with a Magnaflow exhaust and Autotech springs. Fun to drive!! Real men drive whatever they want, but I wouldn't drive a Beetle convertible!
Here is mine. Girl looking? Probably, but it's fun to see people try to figure out what car is making all the noise, lol. And 230 hp moves it along pretty well.
And shameless plug: It's for sale right now.
Depends on the car.
A 4-door Lincoln Continental convertible? Awesome.
A corvette convertible? Lame. I'm not a fan of taking a really high performance car and making it all noodly. Same for an M3.
S2000, maita, etc? Ok.
Camry Solara? Girly.
In '97 this car had 378-hp to the wheels (that was a lot back then), a VW Motorsport 6-speed trans, AP Racing 13" 4-piston brakes, Abt/Bilstein coilovers...
Even with all that work some people still thought it was pretty girly, but that just made it that much more fun to drive