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Drop Top Customs readying Cadillac CTS convertible?

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Drop Top Customs readying Cadillac CTS convertible?

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Jun 22nd 2010 at 11:32AM

As far as we know, General Motors has no plans to build a convertible version of the CTS Coupe. But where automakers fear to tread, the aftermarket is usually happy jump in. High Springs, Florida-based Drop Top Customs is reportedly hard at work on a rag-top conversion for Cadillac's new coupe, adding yet another model to its range of custom convertibles.

Over the past few years, the company has mainly focused on Dodge Challengers and Chevrolet Camaros, but with a factory Camaro convertible about nine months away, the CTS has the potential to fill the gap. DTC produces all of the parts for its conversions in-house and most jobs cost less than $20,000. Considering the fastback styling of the CTS Coupe, we're not sure how well it will translate to a soft-top – or how it's going to affect structural rigidity – but we're looking forward to how it turns out.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/22/drop-top-customs-readying-cadillac-cts-convertible/

Soup it up: Custom drop tops are on the rise

Firm that converts Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger to take on Cadillac CTS coupe, too

Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News

Tired of waiting for General Motors Co. to produce that convertible version of the Chevrolet Camaro?

Or maybe you like the Dodge Challenger but remember how, back in the good ol' days, you could get the Mopar muscle machine with a convertible top.

Or maybe you'd like to be the first on your block to drive the Cadillac CTS coupe -- not with the assembly line hard top, but with a convertible roof system.

Drop Top Customs by Convertible Builders LLC is a Florida-based company that already does Camaro and Challenger convertible conversions and is working on a convertible roof for the CTS coupe.

The company, based in High Springs, just north of Gainesville, has been doing convertible top conversions since 1976. It made its name by doing retractable hardtop conversions for Chevrolet Corvettes and by turning Cadillac Eldorados into convertibles, producing so many Eldos -- nearly 5,000 -- for Cadillac dealers that there's now a separate category on eBay for used ones.

Larry Moran has been the sales manager of the company since 1982.

In 2003, his son, Jeff, retired from the Broward Police Department, was hired to manage the company and in 2008 bought ownership in the firm from its founder.

Jeff Moran was not a stranger to the car business. His grandfather owned a Willys dealership in Muskegon and Jeff has always been a "car guy," who finally was able to pursue his passion full time.

At Drop Top Customs, he has turned the company from doing 95 percent of its business with auto dealers to doing 95 percent with retail customers.

Moran said his typical customer is a 40- to 55-year-old business owner who either sends a Camaro or Challenger to Drop Top Customs. Or a customer simply has the Morans go out and buy the car from a dealership and do the conversion, which starts with the convertible top, but can include new paint, wheels and tires, revised suspension, new interior features and even engine modifications.

Jeff Moran is adamant in doing conversions only on domestic vehicles.

"I don't do foreign cars," he says.

Drop Top Customs designs and produces all of the parts it uses for convertible conversions, which generally cost less than $20,000. The power top includes a heated rear glass window and a three-year warranty on the mechanical parts. Drop Top Customs says its work in doing the convertible conversion is done in such a way that it does not void the automaker's warranty.

For information or to see a variety of the company's convertible conversions, visit www.droptopcustoms.com. For pricing information, call (386) 984-6088.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100610/AUTO03/6100330/1148/rss25#ixzz0rbO5Wnym

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This is good news! In my opinion, it will turn out well if they model the CTS Coupe conversion after the Bentley Continental GT Coupe/Convertible vehicles, which dealt with the "fastback Coupe" transformation to a Convertible without detriment. I'm anxious to see the final product!

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Someone in West Hollywood has one of the Challenger ones and it's really good looking.

There is a purple R/T convertible conversion in one of the recent Mopar mags that is quite well done, even has power quarter windows. I saw pics of another conversion that was poorly done w/ no quarter windows and very thick C-pillars on the uptop.

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There is a purple R/T convertible conversion in one of the recent Mopar mags that is quite well done, even has power quarter windows. I saw pics of another conversion that was poorly done w/ no quarter windows and very thick C-pillars on the uptop.

This was a good one. If I didn't know they weren't out yet I would have thought it was factory.

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