Hooniverse Asks: What was the Coolest Aftermarket Convertible?


Ferrari only ever built 123 drop top editions of its 365 GTB4, otherwise known as the Daytona Spyder. That wasn’t enough apparently, leading a number of coupe owners to throw copious amounts of money at coachbuilder Richard Straman who cut the roofs off of about 28 more before the Italian company made him stop.
Straman was once one of the preeminent aftermarket top droppers. Whether countering the issue of not enough or not at all, the aftermarket filled a void that automakers seemed unwilling to address. That means there have been hundreds of models over the years that have seen their original intent as closed coupes (and maybe sedans) taken to task after having left the factory. What we want to hear today is your choice for the best one there is.
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39 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What was the Coolest Aftermarket Convertible?”

    1. 0A5599 Avatar
      0A5599

      I know the CRX came first, but it seems too close to a Shadow convertible to be really cool.
      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Dr2sQiI2jBc/maxresdefault.jpg

      1. outback_ute Avatar
        outback_ute

        I don’t know, that’s (a little bit) like saying the Daytona convertible is too much like a Mustang!

          1. outback_ute Avatar
            outback_ute

            I can only give one upvote!

  1. Kiefmo Avatar
    Kiefmo

    If you want to go offroading topless, and the CJ/Wrangler is just too pedestrian, there’s always the AMC Eagle Sundancer by Griffith.
    https://amcsundancer.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/img_0730.jpg
    It’s what the Murano CrossCabriolet wishes it were.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I was coming in here to post this one.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    1. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      But on the one shown, the top folds flat much better!

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22382d8712b2e9f0429bc02ffdc6e3cbf20e49c5b51291a94ce4578035d1ffe6.jpg Feels like when they added the “C” button to KITT in the fourth season.

    2. Kiefmo Avatar
      Kiefmo

      Surely the torque could pretzel that thing!

      1. cap'n fast Avatar
        cap’n fast

        to be sure, first there must be torque before the pretzeling happens. a small feature of the shows “trick” car was the water squirter at the rear wheels in order to get the rubber spinning for those hair raising shots of KITT slewing from a standing start or bellowing around a sharp corner.

        1. Kiefmo Avatar
          Kiefmo

          I was responding to the original comment with the Grand National convertible. IIRC torques were nothing to sneeze at in those.
          I’m sure my comment made zero sense in the context of the convertible KITT.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      That is odd looking – I think it’s somewhere in the manual that you must not open all doors simultaneously. Even if it’s stiff enough it’s just wrong.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      What’s that to the right of it?

      1. Alff Avatar
        Alff

        I’m guessing a FAF. They were far superior to DAF.

        1. Mombert Avatar
          Mombert

          I think it is an AWS Shopper, a low-budget build on a Goggomobil 250 – base for older germans with old motorcycle licenses. Not very successful, only a few were made, iirc – read about it some time ago in german magazine “Oldtimer Markt”.
          Only round things are the wheels, and the wings, which were original Goggomobil-items.

          1. Alff Avatar
            Alff

            You’re probably right. In a phrase never before uttered – that thing doesn’t look sturdy enough to be a FAF.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      Is that German for “leaks a lot”?

    2. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      What kind of car is that? A Taunus?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        It’s an artist’s interpretation based more or less on a ’57 Ford (US). This was right around the time Golde was trying to work with Ford in the US, culminating in the sunroof option for the Squarebird.

    1. longrooffan Avatar
      longrooffan

      That is beautiful.

  2. Tomsk Avatar
    Tomsk

    The Dutch royal family’s Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL extended wheelbase phaeton by Caruna. Even with the mudflaps and more-or-less stock ride height, it’s majestic as hell.
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–sQ6C3Nyn–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/18d3kkdsjbx06jpg.jpg

  3. AlexG55 Avatar
    AlexG55

    The one and only Citroen DSM.
    https://classichub.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/dsc02978.jpg
    Oh, and while they were at it they swapped in a Maserati V6…

  4. mdharrell Avatar

    The Hess & Eisenhardt Continental Mk II was sponsored by Ford but was converted “after having left the factory” so I’m counting it. Besides, it is stunning.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e5de6e62e0226eb79cab7c505c738952bbc78c7c6ee51e3d5434f3fe90099e5.jpg

    1. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      That is…pretty nice.
      You’re aware of this one?:

      Paging Jon Voight: 22 Chrysler LeBaron Convertibles

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