Let me be clear: I’m not a fan of convertibles. I believe that a proper GT car should have a fixed roof, and let’s be honest- most convertibles are created as an afterthought because it’s an effective way to squeeze out a few more sales on an existing platform. Even a car that is designed as a convertible, like the Mercedes SL, arguably looks better with the hardtop up.

Which is why I’m happy to see this:

maserati_grancabrio

This isn’t a convertible you buy because you want to be seen in it, it’s a car that you want to own and experience because it’s a work of art. In a bizarre twist of fate, the awkward proportions of the Granturismo are completely balanced out by removing the top:

maserati_grantourismo

Now don’t get me wrong- I’m a big fan of this car, but from some angles the long, sloping nose is at odds with a rounded roofline that is struggling to give a 2+2 the proportions of a two-seater. With the offending piece gone, the rest of the design can finally breathe, and the old axiom of “Less is more” rings true once again.

Bravo, Jason Castriota.

Chris

When not at ESM, Chris can be found cycling up and down the Santa Monica Bay, re-engineering a turkey fryer into a pizza oven or reading about survival techniques in the Gobi desert.