02/02/2012 13:16 | By Richard Dredge
Unique convertibles that shouldn't exist

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Most car makers offer at least one open-topped model in their range, usually built in-house. But it's not that long since independent coachbuilders were relied upon to create convertible versions of mainstream cars. Like these for example...

Before he went bust in a bid to create his own open-topped sportscar, Walter Treser used to chop, stretch and stick bodykits onto anything with an Audi badge. Where the Quattro was concerned, he sliced 39 of them open and added his own bodykit. Well, this was the eighties...

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03/02/2012 17:20
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"MAKE UP YOUR MINDS, THAT IS SOME THING THE ENGLISH DON,T DO ANYMORE. DO THINGS YOUR WAY, IF YOU KEEP LISTENING TO THESE TWERPS YOU NEVER LIVE YOUR LIFE, BUT TO FIND YOU LIVED ON THERE TERMS AND NOT YOUR OWN, THAT IS REAL LIFE."

That seems like an extreme reaction to some convertibles...
I don't think there's a political agenda in an article entitled "Unique convertibles that shouldn't exist"
Granted, on a political subject many papers and magazines do have political agendas but they aren't on this article or many of MSN's articles. Many of which are only a few paragraphs long anyway!
03/02/2012 13:01
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I had a Calibra  that i really loved that car until some stupid woman on a mobile rear ended it and rit it off.any way!It would have been nice to see one of the Calibra range with a soft top would have been the ideal car .
02/02/2012 18:32
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They did a convertible Rover Metro / 100 a few years back. It was just wrong!! Some would argue that the Metro / 100 was wrong anyway but there were plenty about and quite a few are still on the roads today albeit a bit rusty.  
03/02/2012 01:59
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Love the DS ! but always have with or without a roof
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this is the truth, no gives a dam about all this crap about, what should exist or not. Its not down to reporters to make such an article. Reporters always blind you anyway, as they work closely with the goverment anyway, there is always a political gain in story,s don,t let them blind you.

 

I say stop going on the figures, if you prefer a certain car and you know it feels right to you, it does,nt matter what others think, and you should not buy a car just because most people buy that car.

 

MAKE UP YOUR MINDS, THAT IS SOME THING THE ENGLISH DON,T DO ANYMORE. DO THINGS YOUR WAY, IF YOU KEEP LISTENING TO THESE TWERPS YOU NEVER LIVE YOUR LIFE, BUT TO FIND YOU LIVED ON THERE TERMS AND NOT YOUR OWN, THAT IS REAL LIFE.

03/02/2012 11:00
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Half hearted article. Should show these cars with the hoods UP as well as down.!
03/02/2012 21:07
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Looking at the wolseley hornet was a step back in time for me and  reminded me that crayford and tickford also styled and sometimes even chopped the ford capri

The chopped scoda used to be the butt end of everyone's jokes and was likened to a skip.

03/02/2012 18:06
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THE SKODA ADVERT " LET THE SUNSHINE IN" ALL THE ONES I WORKED ON LET THE RAIN IN WITH OR WITHOUT A ROOF. HOWEVER ALL THESE VARIANTS PLAYED THEIR PART IN THE EVOLUTION OF TODAY'S VEHICLES..... I STARTED IN THE MOTOR TRADE WORKING ON SIMCAS, NSU EUROPAS ...THE GOOD OLD DAYS..LOLSad
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Richard...

I do not understand you...

You like the Renault 5 convertible but dislike the Peugeot. Have you seen the Peugeot's roof? Yes, I know it's a bit weird but it's better than an old Renault. 

Owned by a 12 year old. (Yes I am 12...)
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The Peugeot 407 Macarena's roof is amazing. Youtube it!
16/02/2012 16:02
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You missed off the Fiat Jolly(Google it) it's a beutiful machine lol
03/02/2012 09:42
03/02/2012 08:53
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sorry john for me the cavalier brought my childhood rushing back 
18/09/2012 22:06
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I worked for KJ Group and can remember being invited to our Widmore Road Showrooms in Bromley for the unveiling of the Cavalier Centaur. I still have one of the first original brochures ( as per the above pic ) and I drove the original car featured in the brochure, we had rostyle wheels on the offside and campagnolo wheels on the nearside...
21/02/2012 16:25
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Now all I am reaally seeing at the moment is negative comments regarding the Fiat Punto Convertible - personally I think it is a good looking car, especially compared to the original hatchback!!

 

They look so much better when they have been modified!!!

03/02/2012 19:01
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This is an awful article, all these cars are classics in their own way.

 

My wife had a Punto Cabriolet for a number of years, it was a great little car, superb in the sunshine, and also with the hood up - a great little car.

 

Added to which, what wouldn't you do to own that Citroen now

 

Very lazy article

02/02/2012 19:04
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The Marina coupe used the same doors as the saloon anyway. That was the main let-down in the appearance of the car - longer doors would have made a more convincing coupe look. Cutting the roof off just made things worse, I think.
17/02/2012 20:26
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Intrigued by the usual vitriol spewing forth from the keyboards of MSN readers. The brief was to compile a piece on 20 cars turned into drop-tops by independent companies. It seems I'm lazy and this is a rubbish article; in what way have I not hit the brief?

Richard
16/02/2012 23:36
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OH AND THE MARINA PIECE OF SH*T...   I JUST LIKE SAYING PIECE OF SH*T I THINK  ....
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