Roadster, Spider (or Spyder), Speedster, Convertible, Ragtop, Drophead or Cabriolet – every country, if not every car maker, has different names for a car with a fold down roof.
The original name “Cabrio-lait” has its origin in the way horse-drawn carriages bounced about on the frequently awful surfaces of 18th century roads. This word, stemming from a native-French expression, reminds us that the convertible car is synonymous with freedom and travel.
This book, written by Jean-Paul Theve-net and Peter Vann is however not a dry treatise on the word “Cabriolet” and its roots, but rather a eulogy to a very special kind of motoring. The Cabriolet and its associations with freedom and travel did, after all, give the motor car its real meaning.
Hardback in mint condition.