A new exhibit opened at the Petersen Automotive Museum last weekend that features American convertibles. Called Going Topless In Style: The American Convertible, it will run through Oct. 7.
Southern Californians have always considered convertibles the ideal vehicles for the area's mild climate and vast network of scenic roads. Going Topless in Style will celebrate our fascination with convertibles by presenting a wide variety of domestically produced ragtops that illustrate the development of the body type from the first versions built during the early twentieth century to modern times.
It will explain why convertible production was temporarily halted during the mid-1970s and reveal how relentless consumer demand for an open air driving experience prompted American manufacturers to reintroduce the body type in the early 1980s.