Posted Apr 20th 2014 4:00PM
The folks Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) have made a specialty out of taking coupes and sedans and converting them into convertibles. Sometimes this results in absolutely weird creations like a Range Rover droptop, but its latest project is significantly greener. The company has developed hard and soft top conversions for the Tesla Model S (shown above), and they are already quite popular too. An investor in China has already ordered 100 of them!
NCE has been working on creating the two versions of the convertible Model S for the last six months, and it involves a lot more than just cutting the roof off. "Some sections needed restructured," said Al Zadeh, the company's CEO, to Autoblog Canada about the changes made to maintain rigidity. A soft-top conversion costs US$29,000 and a hard-top US$49,000. In addition to these prices, buyers must supply a donor vehicle. Production is due to start in July in California, Dubai, and Barcelona, Spain.
This might be just the beginning for NCE's convertible Model S. Zadeh says that the company has made an inquiry with Tesla about whether it could supply 5,000 cars for conversion to satisfy predicted demand. He will release more details on the project "when the time is right."
Scroll down for NCE's official announcement of the 100-car order and click here for photos.