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NYC's 5 Coolest Convertibles for Rent

It's finally beach weather again, and you're yearning for something faster than a cab, but seaplanes arebumpy and your chopper's in the shop. What's a man to do?

You can't go wrong with a car with no top, and once again the Daddy has done the legwork for you...below, webring you the five hottest convertibles for rent in the city.

Classic Car Club, 250 Hudson, 212-229-2402
1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE

Classic Car Club, 250 Hudson, 212-229-2402

The Wagon: The Club requires membership, but membership has its privileges, like this 4-speed corvette killer. The V12 is strong enough to make the tires squeal, and loud enough to drown out your cell. You can't get this one at Avis.
The Damage: $1,500 initiation fee, then $7,000 a year for full membership.
The Payoff: A sunny day and a car that looks like it drove out of a movie.

Top Class Limo, 2092 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, 914-423-5466
1964 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE

Top Class Limo, 2092 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, 914-423-5466

The Wagon: They stopped making cars like this around the time thin ties went out of style. With whitewall tires and an all-white interior, this caddy is swank enough to start your own private parade. Don't be surprised when people think you're running for mayor.
The Damage
: $150 per hour, driver included.
The Payoff: Rolling down Park Avenue sitting in the back seat, waving.

 

Gotham Dream Cars, 75 West End Ave,
2006 FERARRI 360 SPIDER

Gotham Dream Cars, 75 West End Ave,

The Wagon: It's got 400 horsepower, a top speed of 187 mph and the top pops down at the push of a button. In the back, the engine's under glass like the work of art it is. Find a stretch of open road and there'll be so much wind in your hair you'll need Rogaine.
The Damage: $1,650 a day, $3,750 a weekend.
The Payoff: Getting your first ticket for doing double the speed limit.

 

Classic Car Club, 250 Hudson, 212-229-2402
1984 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE II

Classic Car Club, 250 Hudson, 212-229-2402

The Wagon: Less than 1,500 were made, and the ones still left are among the best luxury cars around. The double-R is on everything from the hubcaps to the trunk, and the interior has more wood than central park.
The Damage: $1,500 initiation fee, then $7000 a year for full membership.
The Payoff: Driving behind a famous hood ornament.

 

Gotham Dream Cars, 75 West End Ave, 212-957-4400
2006 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO SPYDER

Gotham Dream Cars, 75 West End Ave, 212-957-4400

The Wagon: Only available since January, the Gallardo Spyder keeps the engine in the middle of the car—right next to the driver, so you can feel every gear shift. Add perfectly-trimmed leather seats, and you're ready for some serious foot-on-engine action. Oh, there may be a road in there somewhere too.
The Damage: $1,950 a day, $4,450 a weekend.
The Payoff
: Realizing an hour on the freeway doubles as a back massage.

 

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