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  A convertible is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof. The collapsible roof section is typically made from flexible canvas or vinyl, although plastic, aluminium and steel have occasionally been used in elaborate folding designs.

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Ever wondered, why the Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider has "California" in its name? Here’s why. A Ferrari dealer based out of the U.S. requested the company to make a car named after their biggest market and hence the name. The sunshine state of California has been the home of Hollywood for ages and money was never short.

Even today, the sheer number millionaires in the state is mind-boggling. That said, with the advent of the age of information and technology, a new generation of billionaires have emerged. Anyway, back to the California Spider. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB will hit the auction block soon.

Experts suggest, the car could be valued over $8 million! One reason for such a high price is the fact that back in the days, Ferrari only built 50 examples of the California Spider. Now, the Ferrari 250 GT was a thoroughbred racer on which the California was based. The "LWB" stands for "Long Wheelbase". The market for old and rare Ferraris is huge. Only this year, RM Auctions sold an equally rare Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider for 25 million dollars!

And that’s not all, an even exclusive Ferrari 250 GTO fetched no less than $50 million. A short wheelbase version of the 250 GT California Spider also found a buyer recently. He apparently shelled out $11 million for the 250 GT California Spider SWB. The LWB California that is to be auctioned by RM Auction in Arizona is the 11th chassis (out of 50) produced by Ferrari and worked upon by the legendary metal worker Scaglietti.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

When BMW first unveiled the new i-brand cars, the world did not expect the concepts to become reality in such a short time. When a conceptual design study is undertaken, most of the time the designers are let lose on to a clean sheet of paper and come up with the best possible show car for the occasion. In recent times, BMW has shown us some production ready concepts, but the i8 always seemed way ahead of its time.

In 2012, BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder Concept . Based on the coupe, the i8 Spyder has been confirmed for production in 2015. We could expect the electric sports car to be available in showrooms in the latter part of 2015. The open-top version wouls use the same composite materials and architecture unique to BMW’s i-range of cars which also includes thei3 hatchback .

Although, its too early to comment on the pricing of the upcoming BMW i8 Spyder , we expect it to cost slightly more than the coupe. Performance shouldn’t affected despite the roof being chopped off.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the 2015 BMW i8 Spyder

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More and more details of the Ferrari California successor are coming out and slowly but surely, the puzzle coming from Maranello is becoming more and more complete.

The latest bit of information is pretty big and it comes by way of Autocar. According to the popular UK magazine, the next-generation Calfornia will carry a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that will carry an output of 552 horsepower. The turbocharged powertrain will likewise provide Ferrari’s entry-level model with a throatier soundtrack, at least compared to the naturally-aspirated V-8 that the current California has under its hood.

Equally important news is the styling of the next-gen California, which, as its been reported, will draw inspiration from the F12berlinetta , particularly the front end. It’ll definitely be interesting how Ferrari designers can infuse the spirit of the F12berlinetta into the design without compromising the California’s distinctive style.

There are definitely still more questions than answers at this point. But if it’s true that the next-gen California will have that much power under its hood, then it should bode well for those who have been waiting for the model to arrive.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ferrari California

Source: Autocar UK
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As of late, Santa has oftentimes found himself in other ride besides his typical sleigh drawn by Rudolph and gang. This year, we caught Saint Nick in this Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder , as he cruised through Los Angeles, whishing everyone — even Freddy Krueger — a Merry Christmas.

We are not talking about any kind of Gallardo Spyder, but one that so happens to have a Christmas tree sticking from the convertible top. Of course Santa’s trusty little elf around to drive him through the streets of LA.

This video was the brainchild of the guys over at Midway Car Rental and Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and the folks in LA seemed to enjoy it. Of course it was just another publicity stunt, but it always nice to see the funny ways people find to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the video and Merry Christmas to you all!

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Merry Christmas TopSpeed readers. As you all know, the busiest person this time of the year is none other than Santa Claus himself.

The man is probably on his way back to the North Pole after his global voyage of spreading cheer and good tidings to children all over the world, so it’s probably not the best idea to go disturbing him and ask a copy of Gran Turismo 6 . We all know that Santa usually enlists the services of his trusted reindeer when he needs a lift, but after the long journey, they likely need a break.

Fortunately, we have a few suggestions on what cars Santa can use to get around while his reindeer take a well-deserved break.

After the jump are five cars that Santa would likely find useful to drive all around the North Pole, or maybe even to deliver next year’s gifts.

So without further ado, these are the five cars we’d suggest Santa get behind the wheel of so he can give his reindeer a nice tropical break in the Caribbean.

Click past the jump to check out the list!

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The Mercedes SLR McLaren went out of production in 2010 when it was replaced by the SLS AMG sports car. This doesn’t mean that tuners totally forgot about the mighty Mercedes, and proof of that comes from Famous Parts, which released a sweet tuning kit based on the SLR McLaren Roadster .

No updates were necessary under the hood, as despite being a decade old, the SLR McLaren is still plenty powerful. It was powered by a supercharged V-8 with a total output of 626 horsepower — 650 horsepower if you were lucky enough to get the SLR "722 Edition" . With this potent powerplant in tow, the SLR McLaren remains more powerful than many supercars of today.

Because of this mighty V-8, the tuner decided to add a set of wheels from ADV.1, add a custom suspension system and install a lightweight exhaust.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster by Famous Parts.

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Wilhelm Karmann GmbH - or simply Karmann - was one of the largest independent motorvehicle manufacturing companies in Germany, specially known for its products developed for Volkswagen . Two of the most famous vehicles developed by Karmann are Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia developed between 1955 and 1974.

Today, as a tribute to Karmann, Volkswagen launched the special edition Golf Cabriolet Karmann which is now on sale at a price of €27,275 — about $37,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new special edition can be combined with all the standard Golf Cabriolet engines and will be distinguished by special 17-inch Porto-style alloy wheels and various chrome elements. The interior is updated with sport seats upholstered in black Alcantara, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, and various "Karmann" logo placed both on the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Karmann.

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This time around, Jay Leno was faster than Chris Harris, as he was the first one to test the new Porsche 918 Spyder . Regardless of who came first, we still bet that Chris Harris gives the 918 a more proper thrashing than Jay, and that’s no slight to Jay, as Harris is simply the best at pushing supercars to their limits.

The test took place at the Valencia circuit in the winter, which makes the test even more interesting, thanks to a cold set of tires.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 608 horsepower and two electric motors — one with 154 horsepower and other with 127 horsepower. With a combined output of "nearly 900 f*#king horsepower," to quote Chris, — 887 horsepower to be exact — the 918 Spyder can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph. Top speed is limited to 93 mph in E-Power mode.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks about the 918 Spyder and why he considers it a very special car. One thing is for sure, Harris did a great job behind the wheel, as always.

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Back in 2012, BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder Concept car , which wasn’t a big surprise considering that the coupe concept appeared ripe for a removable top.

Now, that the i8 Coupe is ready to hit showrooms, potential buyers are waiting for a production version of the i8 Spyder to also hit the market.

A recent report from Bimmerpost suggests that BMW officials have approved the i8 Spyder for production, and that we should see it sometime in late 2015. The same report also suggests that BMW has already unveiled a production-ready model to insiders sometime last Friday. This production model featured a Solar Orange exterior paint — identical to what we’ve seen on the i3 — combined with blue highlights.

Of course the i8 Spyder will share the engine and the technical features with its coupe sibling. The exterior will remain nearly identical to the concept version, but with with the production styling aspects of the i8 Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Coupe.

Source: Bimmerpost

Once Chevrolet dropped the newCorvette Stingray , it was just a matter of time before the convertible version would hit the market.

Today was the day, as the new Stingray Convertible made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show .

The convertible version is nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course, its three-ply fabric top that opens and closes at speeds up to 30 mph. The convertible version also features sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, which both contribute to a quieter cabin and a more premium appearance.

The new Stingray Convertible will be put on sale in late 2013.

Updated 04/26/13: GM has just released nearly all of the pricing details on the Corvette Stingray Convertible, as well as standard features and options. See the details after the jump.

Updated 12/17/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new set of high res images for the convertible version of the seventh generation Corvette. Check the picture gallery to find them all!

Click past the jump to read all about the 2014 Stingray Convertible


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