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Coach Builders Ltd. is known for its convertible conversions of the Chrysler 300C and Cadillac CTS, so after Dodge made the decision not to offer the Challenger in drop-top guise, it knew what it had to do.

The Florida-based company will bring a customized soft-top Dodge Challenger SRT8 to SEMA, packing a Vortech supercharger good for 560 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the hydraulically powered acrylic polyester cloth roof (complete with sound and temperature insulation), the Challenger is dropped courtesy of a KW coil-over suspension over 22-inch Foose wheels coated in Nitto rubber.

The cost of the conversion, which also includes a heated glass rear window, matching headliner and a rear strut bar to shore up the chassis, is a whopping $16,000, making for a $58,000 hair dryer when rolled into the $41,695 base price of an SRT8. We're not saying it's not worth it, but we could think of a few other mods we'd do to the Challenger before hacking the roof off.

[Source: Coach Builders Ltd. via InsideLine]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a bloated fish. Ugly car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this thing as a convertible :) Dodge is missing out on some image conscious buyers who will be forced to get a SAAB or a Solara or even worse :0 the Sebring.

      My dad owns a 2000 Cadillac Eldorado that was chopped by Coach Builders Ltd. They do really good conversions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those old Eldo-converts are real nice. I've always liked those.
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually, i was in san diego last week, and i saw a Dodge Charger that was a converted to a drop-top!!!!! it was outrageous!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      the wheels just ruin it
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, the car looks great, but the wheels? Even the stock SRT8 wheels would look better than that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, those rims remind me of a torque converter...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sometimes i wonder if companies actually take a step back and look at the car.
        Horrific rims.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I liked the rims the white OLOA car had on it... much better modern rallye wheel IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ca looks amazing just give it black wheels !
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're SUPPOSED to look like up-sized original Chrysler rallye wheels, but wow... they fail miserably.

      Car does look good topless though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i agree the wheels make it ugly... i hope they will notice that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Foose made those wheels, wow...that's pretty unexpected, considering most of their work is pretty killer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those wheels were meant for an SUV. Somebody should've slapped someone in the mouth for even suggesting these should be on a Challenger, let alone a Challenger Convertible.

        The Viper SRT-10s wheels would've looked nice, maybe in an upsize 20".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like I said before, not making a vert is a dumb move. This is hot. although it's just like driving a boat with the top down (because of weight) it's awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job, frankly 16k for the engine mods plus the exterior work is not out of control. As everyone has mentioned, the wheels are not ugly if you slap them on your 300 but fail miserably on the Challenger. This was a no brainer, Nitrous II by Foose:

      http://www.chipfoose.com/images/wheels/nitrousII_enlarged.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        The $16,000 is only for the drop-top work, the engine mods, wheels and suspension stuff cost extra. At least that's how I read it on the source site.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think the option of convertible was probably never designed into the production version of this car. Just because aftermarket can chop the heck out of whatever they want doesn't mean manufactures will just piece something together. We all know there's more to a convertible than just the roofline removed.
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