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Old 07-22-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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2011 Camaro Convertible too far away? Bring your Camaro to NCE.

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Newport Convertible Engineering Topping Off Production of First 2010 Camaro Convertible
Date posted: 07-22-2009

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PLACENTIA, California — We're not sure where a convertible version of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro ranks on General Motors' post-bankruptcy to-do list, but like affordable health care, another long promised government-administered product, odds are it's a long way off.

Not to worry all you Camaro fans eager for al fresco driving, because we got our first peek at Newport Convertible Engineering's latest project — a ragtop version of the 2010 Camaro. NCE has a 24-year history of engineering convertible concept cars for big automakers along with bespoke conversions of exotics and luxury cars. Its bread and butter comes from producing convertible versions of cars such as the Chrysler 300, Cadillac CTS, Hummer H2 and Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Every year, NCE targets a new model to showcase at the annual SEMA show and other auto shows. Following up on the popularity of last year's Dodge Challenger convertible, NCE decided that Chevrolet's new muscle car would be a prime candidate for going topless.

We'll have the world's first road test of the SEMA-bound Camaro convertible prototype very shortly, but we couldn't wait to give you a sneak preview of the car in its final stages of production. The orange SS model survived the top surgery basically intact, other than sacrificing a bit of backseat hiproom to allow space for the top mechanism. The windshield frame, rockers and the area from the rear of the door opening to the backside of the trunk are now reinforced.

The electrically operated top features a high-quality canvas exterior, insulation and suede headliner.

Keep an eye out for our road test with complete details on pricing and other specs.

NCE is taking orders now on its Web site. Customers provide the Camaro model of their choice to NCE for the conversion, which takes about 4-6 weeks.

Inside Line says: Camaro fans eager to have their day in the sun finally get their chance to buy a Camaro convertible. Maybe their only chance. — Patrick C. Paternie, Correspondent
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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holy s**% that looks cool
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:13 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:17 PM   #4
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I want one right now
NCE is taking orders now on its Web site. Customers provide the Camaro model of their choice to NCE for the conversion, which takes about 4-6 weeks.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:48 PM   #5
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NCE is taking orders now on its Web site. Customers provide the Camaro model of their choice to NCE for the conversion, which takes about 4-6 weeks.
So when I get my car I just check with them or I can purchase a convertible from them.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:51 PM   #6
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WOW, that is a lot of work
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:05 PM   #7
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how much is this??? holy crap thats amazing and looks better than those other convertible models gm was testing
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:15 PM   #8
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how much is this??? holy crap thats amazing and looks better than those other convertible models gm was testing
Got an email you supply the camaro and its 4-5k plus labor.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:30 AM   #9
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:34 AM   #10
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:19 PM   #11
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I'm not one for convertibles, but that's pretty cool for those that want it and have the money.
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I really hope the shark fin antennae was just sitting on that spot on the trunk temporarily... other than that, this looks really sweet, but living in Iowa I would only get one as a secondary vehicle... which wont be happening any time soon lol.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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what will GM big wigs think when they see people croozing those around. haha
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:58 PM   #14
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awesome can't wait to see what the official one looks like too

that looks really good too it almost looks like the concept in my avatar....drools
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4-5k is a killer deal. Bet and SS Vert from GM would cost more than that.

Only worry I would have is the integrity of the car cutting the roof off.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:01 PM   #16
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What kind of other chassis reinforcements were done? I saw rocker and rear structure reinforcements, but were SFCs added too? Interesting - but a little scary to have that much of the car chopped up. At least it looks like they're pretty knowledgable in this

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I really hope the shark fin antennae was just sitting on that spot on the trunk temporarily...
I don't think it will change but man I hope it does.


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4-5k is a killer deal. Bet and SS Vert from GM would cost more than that.

Only worry I would have is the integrity of the car cutting the roof off.
It is 4-5k plus labor so I think it may not be that great of a deal because of all the hours involved to do it.
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I don't think it looks that great at all. Just my 2c.
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I don't think it looks that great at all. Just my 2c.
After looking closely, you actually lose the rear quarter windows..

Nevermind.. I'll stick with the hardtop afterall. Spend the 4-5K on a used '00 -'03 Honda Nighthawk 750.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:36 PM   #21
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I'd feel safer waiting for the factory version. I'll never forget how bad the cowl shake was on my 69 SS/RS ragtop. I don't feel any cowl shake on my GT500, although there is no way it can as rigid as the coupe and I have not hit any bad railroad tracks with it yet.
I'd love to see a black Camaro convertible with red stripes in my garage parked next to the red GT500 convertible with black stripes!
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I don't like it! I don't like that they took the quarter glass away, and that 3rd brake light is just a bolt on. It looks terrible. BTW the placement of the onstar antenna could have been better too! that just looks bad! I think I will just wait for GMs!
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Side shot with top up(wanna see if still has 'chopped' appearance)?..

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Too pricey 4-5k Plus labor and it takes 4-6 weeks. That ain't gonna cheap.

Also, it looks cheap with the 3rd brake light and antenna.

Also, raise your hand if you want to wait another 4-6 weeks to drive your car after we waited all this time.

Good thing I like the coupe.

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wonder if they could do a custom targa top? or t top? i would definetly do that if available
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