Cool convertibles from the Chicago Auto Show

Jaguar F-Type

2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Honda EV-STER Concept

No question that convertibles represent a niche in the U.S. automotive market. Demand has as much to do with where you live as with personal driving needs. Drop-tops simply do better in the Sun Belt than in cold-weather states.

Even location didn’t help when lackluster sales almost killed the convertible in the U.S. in the 1970s. Today, however, you can spot a variety of drop-tops — both cloth and hardtop — in showrooms. They are stylish, fun, and, some might say, romantic.

Here are five convertibles that caught Bankrate’s attention at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

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