Here’s our latest Car Blog Showdown. This week tgriffith and jgoods were each invited to select their favorite early-’60s convertible. Which is your favorite?
jgoods’ 5 reasons why the 1964 Shelby Cobra is his favorite early-’60s convertible
- It actually did have a soft top (I’ve seen one in the flesh), but you wouldn’t want to use it.
- There’s no greater American sports car status symbol than this.
- It’s fast, drivable (the 289-cubic-inch version, not the 427, which is a lot more demanding), and gorgeous.
- 271 stock hp can get you to 60 mph in the mid-4-second range (the 427 will blow your pants off).
- The early Cobra foibles were mostly gone by ‘64.
tgriffith’s 3 reasons to avoid the 1964 Shelby Cobra:
- Sometimes you just want to cruise in style, but the Cobra’s not a cruiser.
- Do you really want a car that looks like it should have a big wind-up handle on the back?
- jgoods says there’s “no greater American sports car status symbol” than this, but it’s only half American. The other half is British.
tgriffith’s 5 reasons why the 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire is his favorite early ’60s convertible:
- It’s a comfortable, classy cruiser with leather, power steering, and power seats.
- The Starfire is one of the finest designed American classics of the 1960s.
- Oldsmobile’s quality at this time was nearly unbeatable.
- The 394-cubic-inch Rocket engine provided plenty of power.
- Its chrome wrap-around trim provided a look like nothing else on the road.
jgoods’ 3 reasons to avoid the 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire:
- It’s a very big hunk of iron.
- It looks like the fighter plane after which it was named, not a car.
- Try to find a good one.
What’s your favorite early-’60s convertible? Why?