How To Spend Your Summer Vacation: Five Convertibles for Summer 2009

In many parts of the country, it has seemed like summer would never arrive, but just recently, the midwest and the northeast got an early preview (temperatures topped 90 degrees in New York City). Make no mistake: Summer's lurking around the corner, and you'd best be ready for its arrival.

There's no better way to celebrate the season's first warm breezes than by sliding behind the wheel of a convertible. But which drop-top should you drive? Good question. For a body style that was once considered all but dead (Cadillac famously pitched its '76 Eldo as the Last American Convertible), there are today more than 40 examples presently sold in North America.

We've compiled five extremes here, and while they may be markedly different from one another, they all allow you to let a little (or a lot of) sunshine into your daily drive.

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