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 Comments

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

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

      1. 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.

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