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The last R230 Mercedes SL becomes an instant classic

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Mercedes SL R230

The final R230 Mercedes SL roadster has rolled off the production line marking the end of production. In total 169,434 of the Mercedes SL R230 were built. It was a car that over its 10 year lifetime re-wrote the luxury sportscar handbook with its build quality, reliability and clever folding hardtop.

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Vote for your favourite convertible car of 2011

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As the year draws to a close we have started to think about what was our favourite convertible car of 2011. Rather than just tell you what we think though we thought it would be good to hear how our readers feel.

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Daihatsu D-X roadster unveiled in Tokyo

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Daihatsu D-X Concept

The Daihatsu Copen has always been at the top of our list for value and fun but it has been around for a decade now so we have been keen to know what they will come up with next. The concept released at the Tokyo Motor Show can at least give us some ideas. Named the Daihatsu D-X (pronounced Dee Cross) it is a kind of tiny SUV/Roadster crossover.

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Mazda may use a rotary engine in future MX-5 Miatas

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Mazda MX5 Miata and RX8

Mazda have long been exponents of the Wankel rotary engine. Its ability to produce large amounts of power from a small, lightweight and high revving unit has always promised much but there have always been downsides.

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2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

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Infiniti IPL G Convertible

IPL is Infiniti’s performance arm. They started in 2010 with an uprated version of the G37 Coupe and they have now given the G37 Convertible the full sports treatment. Known as the Infiniti IPL G Convertible the 3.7-litre V6 has been remapped to produce 343 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

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2013 Ford Mustang Convertible

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2013 Ford Mustang Convertible

The American icon gets another face-lift and a new set of gadgets to keep it going through 2012. Ford seem happy with the mechanics of the current Mustang convertible and have left these unchanged so both the V6 and V8 powered GT options remain.

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