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Summer is upon us and the best way to release the inner child in everyone could be to take a ride in a great convertible. But since we’re still mature enough to think straight – the fun could be mixed with some great business making.

While in the old days many mainstream models were also derived into roadster or convertible models, today only a few models remain and can “reward” your summer rides. According to IHS Automotive, the open top segment now only makes up about two percent of the new car sales. Thus, opportunities arise from the classic car market, where enthusiasts can find numerous opportunities – from the business and exclusivity perspective as well. For those eager customers, collectible car insurer Hagerty, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, has compiled a list of the ten best classic convertibles that make summer fun great.

First off, in alphabetical order, as you’re used to, comes the 1966-1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Duetto Spider – a classic Italian ragtop that can also bring some great financial appreciation for the owner over time. The 1987-93 BMW 3 Series Convertible, particularly in the six-cylinder 325i variant shows why the Bavarian model earned its enviable reputation as the industry’s first compact luxury/sports model. The 1968-75 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible jumps in the muscle car league, with great changes to have an affordable model in good condition. The 1965-67 Ford Mustang Convertible is as classic as it can be – and any comment is useless. A great oddball could be the 1966-71 International Scout – an adventurous SUV produced by a farm machinery company – and might have served as an inspiration for the Nissan Murano Convertible. The 1961-67 Lincoln Continental Convertible comes up next, followed by the first generation Mazda MX-5 Miata (1989-1997). Eight in alphabetical order is the pricey and spectacular 1986-89 Mercedes-Benz 560SL and jumping at the other end of the spectrum is the 1972-1976 Porsche 914. Last, but not least, comes the 1987-89 Toyota MR-2 T-Bar.

Via Forbes