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Rise & fall of the bargain-priced roadster

Autocar Logo By Ronan Glon of Autocar | Slide 1 of 24: In simpler times, many car companies marketed their convertible models as the purest form of driving. These cars had an engine, wheels, a body and – if you were lucky – a top but little else.As we wait for spring to come back, we’re taking a look at the small, affordable roadsters that were immensely popular in America between the 1950s, when the segment boomed, and the 1990s, when the segment collapsed. When they were new, these cars cost less than $25,000 in today's American dollars. Let's take a look at the most famous examples:

There is no unwritten rule that claims a convertible needs to be quick, luxurious and expensive.

In simpler times, many car companies marketed their convertible models as the purest form of driving. These cars had an engine, wheels, a body and – if you were lucky – a top but little else.

As we wait for spring to come back, we’re taking a look at the small, affordable roadsters that were immensely popular in America between the 1950s, when the segment boomed, and the 1990s, when the segment collapsed. When they were new, these cars cost less than $25,000 in today's American dollars. Let's take a look at the most famous examples:

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