As this is a unibody car, there is a very easy test to see if the conversion was done properly. We trust a coach builder more than someone with a saw and good intentions, but we still have our concerns about how safe this can be and if it was done correctly. They never measured up to a factory job though. Take a look at the pictures; call if interested for more details and specifics—Mike 413-262-2197 Seller reserves right to end auction early, Buyer is responsible for shipping. It had Kleber tires too who remembers those? For the few who still wanted that wind in your hair excitement, a few aftermarket companies busied themselves with conversions to production cars.
While not many were made, does the rarity of the conversion add or detract from the value here? Add to that the kindness of criminals, who loved to cut convertible tops in their attempts to gain access to your valuables, and the costs associated with replacing a top. That airbox tube and the brackets and the fan shroud. You won't find another in this condition at this price. First of which is some measure of loss in structural rigidity. Far better to put the price of the car and all that conversion work together and buy yourself a real convertible that actually looked good. A Chiltons manual is very helpful. Convertibles have always been an engineering trade off.
Some of them came from the factory as oddballs, while others were customized or coachbuilt. Engine purrs and starts every time. One time I locked up the… Automatic transmission with 1. It has a few things wrong but they don't affect it at all. First owner had it for 32 years. By 1976, due to fear of government safety mandates, air conditioning, costs, and changing tastes, Cadillac was the last domestic brand to sell convertibles in America.
If it was done poorly, your weight will compress the car enough to make the door hard or impossible to open. All parts are backed by the manufacturer's warranty and shipped directly from Nissan dealers. I think as time goes on you will see this asking price drop. One of the biggest issues automotive engineers face when building a convertible is addressing the structural issues that result from not having a roof. I can see doing an aftermarket chop job to make an interesting car into an even more interesting convertible. The frame prevented the body that sat on top of it from twisting too much.
. Just has some places that need to be patched. Even cars like the Ferrari Daytona were successes after being chopped up, with converted spyders looking as good as the factory version and usually commanding higher values than the original berlinetta. Note how it opens and if it shuts easily without scraping. Bought for peanuts, everything worked incl.
The dip stick tube on the transmission is only about 8 inches long. I have seen over ten for sale over the past decade. Great, great cars one and all. Other problems crept up that were associated with this lack of structural rigidity. The early eighties were a tough time for convertible lovers. If it was done correctly, then you could have an interesting and rare oddball. Then, try to open it again.
Document does come with sale of vehicle. I bet that car is still running somewhere in South America! I used the big book for imports 1980-1986. About halfway there I came to realize he apparently had no concept of how to drive at all, driving most of the way in the emergency lane. Still, there were a few companies that wanted to make a little money satisfying this untapped market. There is also clear coat peeling.
It has brand new tires also. Making this car into a convertible is a terrible idea. It looks like they did a good job making this Japanese personal luxury coupe into a functional convertible. Its fairly involved, but not too bad. While they are almost always more beautiful than their hard top stable mates, there are a number of trade offs. I currently have 382,000 miles of mostly pizza delivery on one in a Frontier and it has never been out of the truck. Other than that, this car is fantastic! Only 11 of these were converted from coupes to roadsters by American Custom Coach Works, in Beverly Hills, California.
This one looks to have been done correctly and the seller believes it was done by Hollywood Coach Builders. The decision that makes this one a bad idea was when someone decided to chop the roof off of it. I sold it still in perfect working order but it looked like it had been parked on the deck of the Titanic to an guy from India. Around 280,000 I was just completely sick of if and decided to drive into the ground. Very few of these are known to exist. Headliner needs some work but it doesn't sag at all. With the right chassis bracing a unibody car makes a fine convertible.