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This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible owned by (Credit: Handout)

This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible owned by Ron Wozny features an optional, numbers-matching "RPO 411" engine, a 265-cubic-inch V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetors that, according to Wozny, puts out "a rousing 245 horsepower.

Summer driving with the top down

Memorial Day weekend serves as the unofficial start of summer, and as the warm weather arrives, local car aficionados are sure to find time to bring out their convertibles and enjoy cruising scenic Long Island roadways.

Below, Newsday has compiled a photo gallery of some classic and new convertibles that would serve as sweet rides during the summer months.

Chevrolet Camaro

What will a 580-horsepower Camaro convertible be worth
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What will a 580-horsepower Camaro convertible be worth in 40 years? You'll have to buy one and keep it to find out, but it's a good bet as a future collectible.

Corvette

The Corvette has long been a popular sports
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The Corvette has long been a popular sports car with American drivers, and cruising with the top down can make the ride a bit more enjoyable.

1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Convertible features some
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The 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Convertible features some of Buick's most iconic design elements, such as waterfall grilles and portholes on the car's hood.

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Jaguar

Jaguar again is on the prowl, this time
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Jaguar again is on the prowl, this time with the crackling F-Type, the British company's first two-seat sports convertible in 40 years.

Ferrari

A Ferrari SpA California, left, and a Ferrari
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A Ferrari SpA California, left, and a Ferrari 458 Spider on display at The Gallery event at the MGM Grand Detroit, ahead of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, on Jan. 12, 2014.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible sports a stylish
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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible sports a stylish new look.

Bentley GT Speed

The 2015 Bentley GT Speed convertible on display
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The 2015 Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event ahead of the New York International Auto Show at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on April 16, 2014.

BMW X4

The new BMW X4 convertible on display during
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The new BMW X4 convertible on display during a press preview ahead of the New York International Auto Show at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on April 16, 2014.

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Ford Mustang

The 2013 Ford Mustang V6 convertible has a
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The 2013 Ford Mustang V6 convertible has a 3.7-liter, 4-volt V-6 engine with 305 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.

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