THE CONVERTIBLE - by Ken Vose
The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the world at your wheels - there's nothing like the freedom and exhilaration of driving with the top down. Clark Gable drove a convertible. So did Elvis, Rita Hayworth, and Gary Cooper. Jay Gatsby drove one in the book, and Thelma and Louise rode off in one in the movie. On the road, and in film, art, and literature, the convertible is more than just a car - it's a state of mind, a way of life.
Automotive expert Ken Vose traces the evolution of the convertible as car and cultural icon, from the earliest ragtop to the open car of the future. Vose knows that every car (and every driver) has a story, and he recounts the best ones about classic Pierce-Arrows, Packards, Speedsters, Roadsters, Duesenbergs, and Bugattis - as well as today's Corvettes, Miatas, BMWs, Mustangs, and Prowlers. This witty tribute includes more than 125 photographs, illustrations, and other memorabilia, including rare vintage shots and art created specifically for this volume. This fast-lane celebration of the glamour, allure, and style of the ultimate dream machine is as much fun as a summer spin on an open road. Almost.
Convertible: Review by Lesley Hazelton
When a book called The Convertible: An Illustrated History of
a Dream Machine by Kenneth E. Vose (Chronicle Books,
$29.95) turned up in my mailbox, I assumed it was another of those coffee-table
books I'd give to a charity auction. They get good prices there, contributing
to a worthwhile cause instead of worsening the weight and balance problem
of my houseboat. (If I go over a thousand books, I begin to list, so
my library gets pruned regularly and ruthlessly.)
Convertible: Review by
Did you ever stop to wonder what makes a convertible car seem more special than a sedan or coupe? There is a sense of freedom that comes with owning a convertible. All of your problems seem to disappear when you own and drive a convertible. How exactly did that mystique come about and why has it lasted over the years? Ken Vose has captured the spirit and mystique associated with convertibles through the years. The book uses quality photography along with related anecdotes to help illustrate how the status of the convertible has become etched in our minds. Vose has done an excellent job of portraying some of the people places and events that have allowed us to associate the convertible with the care-free lifestyle. The Convertible may soon take on the status of the very mystique it has captured. The quality photography found in this book makes it a bargain; the rest is "just icing on the cake" For ordering information: Chronicle Books, 85 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105.