Consumers crave convertibles

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers

Imagine feeling the wind blowing through your hair and feeling the openness and experiencing the beauty of Mother Nature as you travel the open road in a convertible.

Portales couple Tom and Sharon Davis are the proud owners of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Purchasing the car in Roswell about 15 years ago, the couple worked on the car themselves before having someone else complete the restoration last year, Mrs. Davis said.

“It’s a real unique car. It’s just one of those pieces of American history you have to have if you get the opportunity,” Mrs. Davis said.

Since the car was recently restored, Mrs. Davis likens it to still being in the honeymoon stage. The couple have traveled to a few shows with the car and anticipate taking it to shows of further distance and spending quite a bit of time driving the car, Mrs. Davis said.

“I don’t know why convertibles have such an appeal, it just draws you back to your youth,” Mrs. Davis said.
Bill Guhrke, a sales consultant for Hamilton GM Country, said many purchase convertibles for a sense of freedom and personality.

“Sometimes you hear (the expression) drive how you feel or who you are, the convertible is an extension of your personality,” Guhrke said.

New or old, the appeal of convertibles continues to span the generations as consumers continue to purchase the vehicles.

Clovis resident Kenda Dickenson, who works in Portales, spent some time looking at several models of convertibles, eventually deciding to trade in her Volkswagen Beetle for a new Pontiac G6 convertible. A hard top, Dickenson likens the car to the Transformers, because of the way the top folds together, she said.

While driving home from work, she is able to see more of the country and experience the sights and sounds of Mother Nature. Another form of enjoyment her new convertible has brought her is the smell of roasting peanuts as she passes by the peanut mills, she said.

“I’ve always wanted a convertible and I finally got one,” Dickenson said.