Why put your dog on the Roof like Mitt Romney did, when he can Ride in STYLE
Memorial Day has kicked off the official start of summer. With the warmer weather comes the chance for top down driving with man’s best friend. We’re not sure why dogs love convertibles so much, maybe it’s the wind in the face or the never ending rush of new smells. Or maybe it’s the peace of mind that comes from knowing they can never be tied to the roof. Mitt Romney's dog Seamus became famous after his 1983 incident where he rode on the roof from Massachusetts to Canada. We (and our dogs) would sleep better knowing it could never happen again. So if you’re thinking about treating yourself to a new (to you) car this summer do yourself a favor by keeping the dog in mind, and check out our list of dog approved cool cars below. Jeep CJ/Wrangler This famous off-roader looks a lot like a tractor, because it was loosely based on an actual tractor. Thanks to that rugged simplicity the CJ/Wrangler has become one of the most loved cars in America today. There isn’t a car in existence that has changed as little as the CJ/Wrangler. It originally began life as a military vehicle during World War II and over the course of 60 years slowly evolved into the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Thanks to its torquey motor, removable top, and an interior that you can hose off at will, it’s as tough and loveable as it was in 1944. Classic Ford Bronco 1966-1977This is the ultimate ride for your big friendly dog. But the original Broncos, not the OJ Simpson version, are not that easy to come by. And thanks to the Icon Bronco, interest in this legendary American off-roader is at an all time high. We did a quick search on eBay and found a couple of aggressively priced, sharp looking originals. Most of them are already equipped with a mild lift kit, removable top and powered by the Ford small block V-8. Throw on a set of chunky off road tires, and you and the big dog can grunt your way to the nearest trails for some mudding and bonding. Ford Mustang ConvertibleIt doesn’t get any more classic American than this. Ever since it launched in 1964 the Mustang has always been available as a convertible. No matter the year, the Mustang is still a solid choice. Whether you’re into retro with the original or retro future with supercharged 2013 Shelby GT500, Seamus will not be disappointed. Both of you can have fun rolling up to cruise nights, chasing feral cats, or using on-ramps as 80 mph air-conditioners. Pontiac GTO Convertible (1964-1967)The original Pontiac GTO is a muscle car icon. Powered by a massive 6.4 liter V-8 it was one of the fastest production cars in 1964, and it even came with a power folding roof. If you’re serious about the GTO keep an eye out for the rare convertibles equipped with the Bobcat package. They featured a variety of engine upgrades that boosted power to 348 hp helping to rocket the GTO to 60mph in less than five seconds. It should be fun to see what all that torque does to your pup’s floppy face. 1968-1969 Corvette L88 Convertible
The L88 Convertible is one of the rarest Corvettes ever made. Offered as a special engine package by Chevrolet to boost the performance of the already powerful 427, it was intentionally underrated at 430 hp to deceive the average Corvette customer. Very few exist today; only 200 coupes and convertibles were made between 1967-1969. In reality the L88 option made closer to 530-560hp; essentially making it a street legal race car with stunning looks to boot. With low slung styling, and wide fender flares, it can still turn heads especially with the dog riding shotgun. There are no badges, or stickers to differentiate the L88 from a normal 427 Stingray. The real performance of this convertible will be an inside joke between you and Seamus.
And don’t forget the Doggles, you know to keep the shredded rubber out of the poor fella's eyes.
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and manonthemove.com