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Going topless: 5 historic Renault cabriolets bare all

The best time to spot convertibles is in the summer. Here are five historic Renault models that dared to take their tops off (all or just some of the way).

Summer beauties

1950s-60s: Go West

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In the 1950s, Renault developed a convertible called the Caravelle (known as Floride in Europe). Originally designed for the US market, it was an instant hit with showbiz celebrities and soon became inseparably linked with the Brigitte Bardot.

> Learn more about the Caravelle/Floride’s history

1970s: Let the sunshine in

Introduced in 1972, Renault’s new city car—the Renault 5—shook up motoring habits and quickly became a motoring icon. Inside it boasted a decidedly 1970s style with bright colors and square dials—and outside it was available in a sun-roof version.

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1980s: New-wave quality

Introduced in 1988, the Renault 19 became a global hit for Renault, thanks to it being the first car produced under Renault’s push to deliver total quality. In 1992, the Cabrio convertible hit the road for the first time.

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2010s: Chic and cheerful

Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in 2010, the Renault Wind was only available for a few years. The special edition Renault Wind Gordini is probably the most iconic version, sporting the moniker of the legendary R8 Gordini sports car.

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Back to the future: Floride redux

In 2011, Renault paid tribute to the original Floride by releasing a special-edition Mégane Coupé Cabriolet in a magnificent ivory finish, with luscious red and ivory leather upholstery.

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