• Aug 25, 2010
DTC Convertible Cadillac CTS – Click above for image gallery

The shop behind the beautiful convertible Dodge Challenger that stole the spotlight at last year's SEMA show is at it again. Drop Top Customs has announced that it will set about creating a topless version of the ever-sexy Cadillac CTS Coupe for this year's aftermarket shindig. We're not entirely sold on the thought of hacking the razor-sharp roof line from the coupe and replacing it with a folding soft top, but we'll reserve judgment until after we see the final product in the flesh, er, sheetmetal.

DTC has been cranking out convertible versions of production hardtops for around 30 years, so the company knows what it's doing when it sets to taking the plasma cutter to an otherwise unsullied vehicle. Last year, that infamous convertible Challenger actually walked away from SEMA with a design award from Chrysler itself, so chances are the new drophead CTS will have the fit and finish of a factory effort. Still, we've got to wonder just how many people are clamoring for a convertible Caddy these days. After all, there didn't seem to be much pent-up demand for the XLR...



[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why Cadillac, didn't keep the same front spoiler and wheels of the concept, I will never know. It made the couple look that much better. I thought for sure they would make them at least accessories, but I guess not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrendous proportions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one horrifically ugly car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the CTS sedan and coupe, but chopping the top off kind of kills the design in my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. It is a shame that today's cars are designed to be coups. Even the Mustangs and Corvettes look better as coups. The designs of the 60s were the opposite. My .02.

        I like the convertible CTS, but I wish the Big Three would resurrect the idea of the convertible sedan, i.e. Lincoln Continental, Cadillac Deville, Buick Skylark, Chevrolet Impala, etc.

        • 4 Years Ago
        not only that, but

        "replacing it with a folding soft top"


        FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

        Hard top 'Verts only in this class segment
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Ugly without roofline. I think the wagon is actually the most attractive design. Something about that rear wheel well that is ungainly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The point of the CTS Coupe is the extreme fastback rear.

        Cutting it off, and replacing it with a non-fast soft top destroys the look completely.

        The only thing which could really work would be to make the car into a Speedster with a cut-down wind deflector, preferably on a shortened wheelbase (no rear seats)
      chevchenkobaby
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know what the heck most of you were thinking. The truth is the CTSV is one of the best driving cars in the world, but it is an average looking car at bet (the sedan being MUCH better than the coupe!). But this thing is freakin beautiful! I had a whole lot of car guys here at this party I threw tonight, and EVERYONE thought it was awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just impressed that Drop Top Customs seemed to have paid some attention to the CTS' top-up lines. A lot of their convertible designs make the fatal mistake of forgetting that convertibles are often driven with the top up as well. Their Challenger in particular looks amazing with the top down, but ugly as hell with the top up.

      A convertible with a bad top is like a beautiful woman wearing a davey boone hat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      #corrections
      Wasn't it SEMA 2008 that drop top customs revealed the Convertible Challenger, not last year?
      • 4 Years Ago
      when I went to make a comment, I discovered it wasn,t necessary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a Caddy fan to the end but this just doesn't look right. You can't just take away the perfect roof line and expect this design to work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife has a pair just like that.......

      Oops, my mistake. I thought it was a shoe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe I read somewhere that Caddy's ATS would come in a convertible to truly be competition for the BMW 3 series, but not 'til 2013 or '14
      • 4 Years Ago
      Killed it.
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