In the 1950s, while many U.S. carmakers focused on family-friendly vehicles—and as such eyesores as those from Ford’s Edsel marque came off the assembly line—these topless European beauties presented racier alternatives. Such superior performers as the Ferrari 212 and Lotus Type 15 were clearly built for life in the fast lane (and the spotlight), some of them making fine showings from Mille Miglia to 24 Hours of Le Mans. And while high speeds with the top down can send the heart racing, these iconic cars inspire equal palpitations for their sensual curves and sweeping lines. Top-down driving has perhaps never aroused such impassioned driving as it did in the 1950s—an automotive era which we are honoring with these seven sultry convertibles from Europe’s top marques of the day. All of them are sure to stir a flurry of emotions.