Good looking convertibles are a dime a dozen. Often times they go through a sort of Jekyll and Hyde syndrome in which they’re either extremely handsome, or downright monstrous. So we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at some of the prettiest and ugliest convertibles of 2013. Do not be offended by our views on some of the less visually appealing drop-tops. These are cars that people really do love, but when you actually break down the visual elements, they are hideous. So here are the best of the best, and the not-so-hot.
Best: McLaren 12C Spider
The McLaren 12C coupe is a gorgeous sportscar, so we were slightly concerned when they said they’d be chopping the top off. Thankfully, McLaren did it completely right. It has no convertible bump, no awkward angles — hell, if anything, it looks better than the coupe.
Worst: Ferrari 458 Spider
Like the McLaren, the 458 Spider with the top up doesn’t stray much from its gorgeous figure. It’s when the top’s down that we really see how awkward it looks. It’s too big and too bulging in the back, and for one reason or another the five-spoke rims just don’t look right.
Best: Ford Mustang Convertible
There’s not much to say about this one — it’s a Mustang, the top goes down, yada yada yada.
Worst: Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
But the Camaro on the other hand — thanks to some new taillights — looks like a cheap formation of steel and plastic. It’s really confusing, and really ugly. Oh and visibility (in both the coupe and the droptop) is deplorable. The only way to get rid of the massive blind spots is to drop the top, which doesn’t help in January!
Best: Jaguar F-Type
It may have been overshadowed some at the end of the year by its hard-top sibling, but the Jaguar F-Type was one of the best convertibles of the year, if not the century. It’s gorgeous, it has power, and it handles like a champ.
Worst: BMW 6 Series Convertible
If you look at the new 6 Series, it’s pretty easy to see that it’s one of the best looking sedan/coupe combos on the market. The convertible though? We suggest you stay away.
Best: Mazda MX-5
At 200 horsepower, the aging Mazda MX-5 is still the best choice for the enthusiast roadster set. You can opt for hard- or soft-top at the dealer — both of which look pretty dapper in the small car segment.
Worst: Fiat 500C Abarth
Not taking into account that the 500 Abarth drives like potato, the halfway-open top makes for an awkward appearance and poor visibility. If you need to buy one, go for the hard top.
If you were looking for a nominee for prettiest car of the year, this might be on your short list. Like the coupe variant, the Vanquish Volante is a masterpiece in British engineering both inside and out. There is literally nothing to fault, appearance-wise, on this convertible– and I mean nothing.
Bentley, on the other hand, thought it would be a good idea to chop the top off its GT Speed and give it one of the most questionable paint jobs in history. We don’t know what to make of this– we just don’t…