Mercedes Benz C300 Cabriolet: Float like a Butterfly

Philosophers, thinkers, naturalists, environmentalists and hermits have – for ages – criticised man’s propensity to industrialise, mechanise and eliminate nature from the equation in the pursuit of success and comfort. Ancient civilisations would come up near water bodies. Now, you just need plumbing. Old architecture concentrated on natural air-flow, ventilation and heat-retention. Now, you can just have an air-conditioner and a heater.

Despite all this, the cabriolet has endured. Despite our inclination to keep the outside, er, outside, the cabriolet remains that selfish, self-indulgent, self-worth-enhancing purchase that still sets hearts racing and pulses soaring. The irony is not lost on me, though, espousing all the glory of the cabriolet on a cold, wet day in Trieste, a small Italian town nestled between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia.

Words: Sriram Narayanan