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Convertible Car Sales Have Plunged as Image of Fun and Freedom Dims

Forget convertibles. Today, Thelma and Louise would drive an SUV
Convertible Car Sales Have Plunged as Image of Fun and Freedom Dims
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Convertibles, such as the Ford Thunderbird in the 1991 film Thelma & Louise, have epitomized the promise of freedom that’s long fueled the popularity of the automobile. From James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder to Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS, ragtops have been associated with rebels of all stripes. Nowadays, however, a sport-utility vehicle with a big sunroof is more likely to be the object of desire as wind-in-your-hair motoring becomes passé.