General Motors invented the Hardtop Convertible body style with the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville and the Oldsmobile 98 Holiday. It was a simple idea for a body style. Just a closed car without the usual fixed center roof pillar. The breezy open air look of the hardtop body style is clearly illustated by these GM glamour queens. Glamour queens and stylish cruisers often come from simplicity and the American hardtop should be considered one of the most significant designs in American Automobile history.
1949 Buick – 1949 Cadillac – 1949 Oldsmobile
In 1951 Ford introduced the company’s first true hardtop, the Victoria. By the mid 1950s automotive glamour queens and stylish cruisers were more important than ever.
1955 Ford Crown Victoria
The 1955 Ford Crown Victoria was The Ford Motor Co’s attempt to combine hardtop looks with the rigidity of a standard pillared sedan. This crown vic used a wrap around band across the roof that went from post to post. It has a Tropical Rose and Snowshoe White paint job that makes it even more glamorous.
1955 Buick Super Convertible
The 1955 Buick Super combined a large body, massive interiors and plenty of performance with it’s 322 cubic inch V-8. This Super had four round vent ports per fender and Super scrip on the fenders making this Buick a stylish cruisers.
1958 Pontiac Bonneville
By 1958 Pontiac was trying to improve their image with this 2nd year Bonneville. This Bonneville was a full size American automobile and was one of the larges and heaviest ever built at 5,000 pounds. The largest engine was a 370 cubic inch V-8 that developed 310 horsepower.
1957 Lincoln Continental