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Why Men Who Drive Convertibles Will Never Be Taken Seriously

Think you look good? You don’t.

“Tosser”, you’ll say as some tanned guy with stress-free skin bombs it past you on the M1, hair ruffling in the breeze. “That’s a hairdresser’s car,” you’ll tell your friend when he shows up at the pub with his new drop-top, looking all smug. There’s something about a man driving a car without a roof that has never fully sat well with society. 

The most common affiliation with men and convertibles is the idea they are going through a midlife crisis. And if the lust of a younger woman isn’t feasible, a new car is next on the list. Being middle-aged (which is officially between 45 and 64 years old), the man will likely be financially well-off in order to facilitate a car purchase. The result is either something brand new from Germany, or something vintage that can only be taken out on Sundays, and even then, only if conditions are just right. 


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Of course, the other common connection between a man and a swanky soft-top is that he’s overcompensating. While he may think his car will attract the attention of ladies, due to its looks and large engine, the ladies will often assume the man is anything but big. 

For this reason, it takes a real gentleman (or a complete madman) to pull off the convertible. The problem is, beyond fictional characters like James Bond (who is set to move to an electric car anyway in the upcoming No Time To Die) and Don Draper, few men fall into this category, let alone the ones that have worked themselves to the bone to buy a car they can’t really afford.


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You’re neither of these men and you’re certainly not David Gandy, so sticking to a car with an actual roof is the best option to avoid getting judgemental looks at the traffic lights. Don’t believe us? When it comes down to whether a sports car will make a man more or less attractive, one female user on Reddit says: “Honestly, I find sports cars kinda douchey and unattractive.” 

“Of the two, definitely a car with a roof – convertibles are very impractical in my climate and scream “mid-life crisis” – but to the extent that I’d care about any car, which is minimal, I’d be more impressed by a guy that drove a sensible and economical vehicle.”

Another user on Lipstick Alley adds: “I’m a car girl, and dudes in convertibles [sic] is, IN MY OPINION, lame. They just don’t handle as well as hardtop and of course if you get into an accident, ya head gon be gone.” We don’t know about you, but we like our head.

Oh and it’s not just internet commenters that share this opinion: industry professionals agree that guys should steer clear of the convertible if they want to be taken seriously.

WhichCar? Content Director Glenn Butler says: “As for convertibles… The car industry actually agrees with us – no one, let alone men, should drive a convertible. No one even buys the Ford Mustang droptop, which is arguably the best looking of the lot.”

That said, according to Glenn, with the right car, you can at least improve your chances: “There are still a few roadsters worthy of respect. Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster… that is 430kW of twin-turbo V8 hard-ass right there. And If you’ve ever driven an early ’00s BMW Z3 M Roadster, you simply don’t care what people think of you, because they won’t see which way you went.”


Motoring journalist Stephen Corby, who has written for a multitude of automotive titles, also weighed in, telling D’Marge to purchase with caution…

“A person who buys a convertible thus should never be taken seriously. If you have any doubts, just go and count how many convertibles there are running around at your nearest track day. They’re about as common at race circuits as giraffes at the ballet.”

While there will always be cases for and against men and convertibles, we’re sorry to say that even though they’re undeniably cool, we just wouldn’t find ourselves sitting behind the wheel of a drop-top. We suggest you don’t either.

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  • Roshan Pai

    This brand of journalism is the real problem with society – telling people how to live their lives – in the worst possible way. “Oh you drive a convertible? Mid-life crisis?” or “Oh you like graphic printed T shirts? Are you 16?”

    Seriously, just let people be. Instead of asking people to pass on things they love because of society, a message needs to be delivered to society to tell them to mind their own business.

  • Stephen

    What a load of drivel! Seriously, do you really think like this? Your the tosser!

  • El Chino

    3 German and 1 Italian convertibles and 1 long career later- I don’t care what you think about convertibles. I like it. I drive it.

  • Chip

    This writer can take a jump while I enjoy my convertible ’69 and 05 Vettes. The hoots and honks I get in my Stingray tell the tale not this blowhard.

  • bsurfside

    However driving a tall station wagon no matter what brand or make oh sorry SUV boring crap is WOW

  • dW

    I don’t take supercar owners seriously. If they really wanted to live life on the very edge of the fast lane they’d be putting their skills on a motorbike.

    I don’t take SUV owners seriously because they simply embody the “bigger-better-more” consumerist fantasy.

    I don’t take dual-cab ute drivers seriously because most share some overt form of toxic masculinity.

    I don’t take high-powered Euro V8 owners seriously because they are just trying too hard to pretend they are supercar owners.

    I don’t take hot-hatch owners seriously because they are just trying too hard…….

    So, which cars should we own to be taken seriously?

    ( FWIW, yes I own a vintage Alfa convertible. And, an old 1960’s restored Beetle, a really nice hi-po Audi, a FIAT 500, a VW transporter van, two vespas, a Ducati and a motor-cruiser moored somewhere out in the harbour………if people don’t take me seriously then it’s not my problem)

  • Michael Davis

    Your an idiot, and this crap about why guys do this or that…what a load…
    I’m a professional making 6 figures and a drive a lower Z4 e85 convertible.
    Because I like to.
    Not looking for chicks.
    Don’t care what people think.
    I drive it because I like to.
    So off with you now, go check with Google or your ‘friends’ to see if they approve of what your doing…or driving…
    Me? Well I just need me.

  • Robert Messina

    Fuck what other people think. That’s how I live my life. If THAT makes me any less of a man, then so be it, but I sure as hell couldn’t care less what people think about me driving a Z4. Oh, you don’t take me seriously? Awww, poor baby. Go play in the sandpit with the other snowflakes.

  • Joe Simmons

    Guys, this is a humor piece. Don’t be so sensitive. I drove an S2000, and once I get these two shitty kids graduated and out of the house I’m going to find another one. Yet I still managed to enjoy this article.


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