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Old 4th October 2009, 23:01   #31
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I read the experience of GTO and dippy while they went for test drive sanstorm. Is it the only convertible in India? how sad :(
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Old 5th October 2009, 20:25   #32
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^ People mistake Sam Strom for sports convertible, actually its just convertible with nothing sporty to talk about. Even any mid range sedan (infact even a good hatch) and beat San in quater mile drag anyday.
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The roof of a sedan is part of the structure; you canít just remove it without re-engineering the chassis.
Factory built convertibles have a lot of extra framing underneath, which makes them considerably heavier than their standard versions, and even then they donít handle as well as the sedans.
To do that to a modern unit body car would be very difficult indeed. And to then still have crumple zones and accident safety even harder.
Are such modifications even legal these days?
I know in Goa, many motorbikes [like mine] canít get their RC renewed if theyíre heavily modified, as it isnít allowed anymore by the RTO.
I assume it would be the same for cars, but it might depend on who you know.
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After more than five years of posting this thread, today I read this.
http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/10/...-know-creator/

Happy to know that someone actually tried to convert Maruti 800 into convertible. Kudos to him.
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Old 31st October 2013, 17:53   #35
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After more than five years of posting this thread, today I read this.
http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/10/...-know-creator/

Happy to know that someone actually tried to convert Maruti 800 into convertible. Kudos to him.

While the effort can at best be good experience to open a auto body shop!

Indian climate and pollution standards are least suited for open top motoring, therefore there cannot by any market for this in India ever, think Dubai/desert. Yes it is a great fantasy to indulge in, i kinda petty the guy. Some of us actually proposed to tread down this road, but after being in an open top car personally I thought this was a complete non starter. The San's Storm is struggling or must be shut by now, in the export market there is massive competition so unless there is some real Nano (across spectrum meaning even high end cars) like breakthrough i don't think this can fly. If the same car can be made in coupe/hardtop = there could be something there! Several people have made good to really CRAP homemade cars in India, this guys car is chick, somewhat of a rip off from the beat, so I am not sure what he has patented, perhaps!!


FYI that car is completely STREET ILLEGAL. There are incriminating videos of this car being illegally driven on public roads. This is NOT kudos worthy as it gives misdirected or unreal expectations to folks who read this and thing ah i want to make one without a check of the reality on the ground, and ending on the other side with a car which at best can be displayed. I have spoken to guys on the other side and they all regretted it.

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^ People mistake Sam Strom for sports convertible, actually its just convertible with nothing sporty to talk about. Even any mid range sedan (infact even a good hatch) and beat San in quater mile drag anyday.
It is actually called San Storm!

It was the best looking affordable little thing in terms of a rag top in India.
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After watching hours of Top Gear and seeing the passion (and honestly, road conditions and climate) for convertibles in Europe and the States, I was just wondering which car in India can (literally!) make the cut as a convertible?

I can only imagine the classic Padmini and 118NE to pull this off!
Any others you got in your mind, fellow petrolheads?
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The erstwhile Contessa would be a good candidate to drop its top? I think the proportions are just right to pull it off.
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My vote goes for the Cielo, it was an awesome car in terms of exterior designing as well, the long boot and proportioned shape.
Plus the engine sounds were to die for, used to love rolling down the windows whenever approaching confined areas like tunnels! With the top away, it will be pure pleasure!
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I would love to see the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Laura in a convertible avatar. Both being premium offerings from their respective manufacturers and stellar performers on road, they would surely qualify for being amazing convertibles
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We have seen numerous Contessas in music videos, ads and movies and can say that its quite popular for removing the roof but whether they are being made proper convertible or not I am not sure.
I think generally wide body cars look better so Contessa and 118 NE are natural candidates but I am not sure about that wide bodied Logan.
Among hatchbacks I have seen Fiat Palio, Maruti 800, etc. but they looked more of a contraption. At the same time I feel Polo should look good.

One pic from Google search and one link to Palio pic I posted long back:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post3024230 (Pics of weird and wacky mod jobs!)
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I think a car with a low stance will be a good convertible. Contessa or the 118 NE will do great. The new fiesta may also look good as a convertible
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My list of cars -

Ford
Figo Aspire
Ikon

Honda
1st, 3rd and 4th gen City
Civic
2nd gen (in India) Accord

Hyundai
Elite i20
Verna
Accent (old)

Maruti
Baleno (new)
1st gen Swift

Mitsubishi
Lancer

Tata
Nano (just imagine how cute it would look )
Tiago compact sedan

Toyota
Camry
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