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 Post subject: Honda CRX
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:25 am 

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Only one converter is known for the CRX. Production started in 1984 and ended with the last year of the 1st Gen CRX, 1987. Straman was famous for lots of conversions, including Ferarri and Rolls Royce. According to a 1991 magazine article on the Straman convertible Mitsubishi 3000GT, he built 310 CRX Spyders. All other conversions of 1st or 2nd gen CRX's are one-off customs.

Here are a few photos of the Straman built cars:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:39 pm 
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Thanks for sharing all your great info. The '84-90 300ZX really caught my eye... I didn't know they existed. I tend to shy away from things that aren't sold that way officially by the manufacturer. I know it's arbitrary, but it's just my own hang up. Is it just me or do the Straman ones seem better built than the others?

ps, nice '60 DeSoto you've got stashed in the garage. :tu:


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 Post subject: My Straman
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:54 am 

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That is my CRX. Great car. From the articles I have read and the messages Ive read from owners of other Straman CRX's is that it drives as good or better than an original CRX. I do not doubt that. My car shows no signs of stress or added flex. It is 21 years old and doesn't have a single squeak or creak. Everything about the conversion looks as though it came from the Honda Factory that way. All interior bits that are affected by the conversion were custom modified for a very professional finish.

If you find any of these professional 'series-built' convertibles for sale, you can feel confident that that it is built to a very high standard. Remember that most of the mid-eighties convertibles offered by car makers (Mustang, Camaro, Celica, 240SX, LeBaron, etc) were built the very same way: cut from a hardtop and re-inforced. There is no difference!

That is my DeSoto. Good catch. Most classic car owners don't recognize them, so it is good to see an import fan catch it.

By the way, here is a nice '86 300ZX convertible for sale right now:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Nissan-3 ... enameZWDVW


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 Post subject: Straman 300ZX
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:05 am 

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On the topic of Straman, they built a beautiful 300ZX. Here are some photos....

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 Post subject: Re: My Straman
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:47 am 
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Oh, I didn't mean to imply that the quality of the convertibles not sold by the manufacturer was any less. I'm just more of a purist and shy away from cars that aren't canonical, if that term can be applied here.

As Steve alluded to earlier, the ASC-built 240SX convertibles are pretty shoddy. They replaced the sturdy inside door panels from the original car with cheap, brittle plastic. They also added a seat belt mounting point on the door itself, which then called for about 30 lbs of metal bracing. Over time, the doors would sag on their hinges. But as you said, the Straman jobs seem a lot better.

I'm an fan of both import and domestic cars, and I never quite figured out why the two groups have so much animosity towards each other. Old vs. new, now that I can understand! :)

slimwhitman wrote:
That is my CRX. Great car. From the articles I have read and the messages Ive read from owners of other Straman CRX's is that it drives as good or better than an original CRX. I do not doubt that. My car shows no signs of stress or added flex. It is 21 years old and doesn't have a single squeak or creak. Everything about the conversion looks as though it came from the Honda Factory that way. All interior bits that are affected by the conversion were custom modified for a very professional finish.

If you find any of these professional 'series-built' convertibles for sale, you can feel confident that that it is built to a very high standard. Remember that most of the mid-eighties convertibles offered by car makers (Mustang, Camaro, Celica, 240SX, LeBaron, etc) were built the very same way: cut from a hardtop and re-inforced. There is no difference!

That is my DeSoto. Good catch. Most classic car owners don't recognize them, so it is good to see an import fan catch it.

By the way, here is a nice '86 300ZX convertible for sale right now:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Nissan-3 ... enameZWDVW


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 Post subject: '82 Corolla Conv
PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:03 pm 

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Here is a '82 Corolla Convertible on Craigslist. Great car!

http://columbus.craigslist.org/car/429879271.html


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 Post subject: Datsun 280ZX
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:13 am 

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Here are a few Datsun 280ZX Convertibles by various coach companies

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 Post subject: CRX trunklid
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:15 am 

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The trunklid on the convertible crx is fiberglass.


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 Post subject: Datsun 200SX Convertibles
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:24 am 

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Several companies made the 200SX into a convertible. This is my favorite of all the coach built convertibles

These were built by American Custom Coach:
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Here is one by Intermechanica

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:49 pm 
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 Post subject: How about some Corolla verts?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:19 pm 

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Most Corolla convertibles that I have seen have been by Matrix3:

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They were also built by Sparlingco:
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American Custom Coach would not be left out of the action:
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:06 pm 
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This beauty was at JCCS:
http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/picture ... &picnum=85


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 Post subject: Re: 1982 Mazda 626 Convertible
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:25 am 

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This is a conversion I know little about. The owner knew very little about the car's history, too. (That is a common problem!) It is likely that well under 100 were built, but several dozen completed cars is probable. The "sunsetter" edition....whatever that means. The builder is listed as Sunset Coach by a sticker in the door jamb.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-Maz ... dZViewItem

In a 1982 article in Motor Trend, they listed a company called Convertible Specialists Inc building a 626 convertible, as well as many other convertibles. I have never seen any cars built by them, so it is possible that they designed the conversion but it was installed by other companies?

I bet you could make a decent offer on this rare car and own it yourself.

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I've never seen that, it's absolutely fantastic.
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 Post subject: CRX Convertible for sale
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:04 pm 

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In case any of you want to own one of these rare CRX convertibles: One just came up for sale in Portland.

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/car/457881667.html


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:32 pm 
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Years ago my neighbors had a mid-80's Celica 'vert.

I guess they are still relatively easy to find on Ebay:

1980 Celica Sunchaser in Montana
1985 Celica in Maryland
1985 Celica in Florida
1987 Celica in Canada
1984 Celica in Florida


Although they are a little newer, what about adding to your list the Geo Metro convertible (was it coach built?) and the Infiniti M30 convertible?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:06 pm 
I've always thought the mid 80s Celica convertibles came from the factory that way. There is one in my neighborhood and every once in a while I see a few here in SoCal.


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 Post subject: For sale
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:54 pm 

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A few Coach Built convertibles for you to snag. All found on Craigslist in a 5 minute search.

'85 CRX
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/car/461702142.html
'81 Celica Sunchaser
http://dallas.craigslist.org/car/460567847.html contact Mike at 325-651-8083.
'81 Celica Conv Call 404.271.3358.
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/car/449811537.html
'81 Celica Sunchaser CALL 904-487-5498
http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/car/450803082.html
'82 Corolla Conv call for more questins at 571-437-5660
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/ ... 47481.html
'79 Datsun 280ZX Conv Call Andy @ 813-900-4568 between 9am & 9pm. $250
http://tampa.craigslist.org/car/452200163.html


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 Post subject: 82 Corolla SR5 for sale
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:33 pm 

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This is a nice car. Thought I would post it here. Not mine. Owner's email is ewert@execpc.com if you want to inquire. 28K miles. He said he bought it new, right off the showroom floor with the top already converted.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... OTORS:1123
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 Post subject: Plymouth Sapporo (Mitsubishi)
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:38 pm 

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Sparlingco converted the Sapporo and Dodge Challenger. I have only seen the brochure, never a real one.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:44 pm 
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Wow, now THAT's cool... I have a soft spot for those Challengers.


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