• Aug 15, 2011
Sometimes we lament the loss of four-door convertible "parade cars." Then we see something like this and we don't miss 'em one bit. Woof.

Based on the Jaguar XJ (the long-wheelbase XJ L, to be specific), Newport Convertible Engineering has produced this four-door cabriolet to some questionable results. Sure, the divisive rear quarters of the sedan have been minimized, if not eliminated, but cutting off the roof in favor of folding soft top is hardly an aesthetic improvement.

Inside Line recently tested one and seemed to have enjoyed the experience, but while NCE's transformation was reportedly the most difficult they've pulled off to date, we'd just as soon keep the roof on and take our iced tea in a Bentley Continental GTC. Especially when the XJ convertible starts out around $130,000.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      just because you're able to, doesn't mean you should...
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you're going to make a convertible, then don't do it like this.
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eww
      ceicys
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not just hideous, but vulgar like a Chrysler K car chop-top.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Terrible.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's another word for Fugly?? Cuz that's what this is.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just never understood how someone could do this to a car that was never designed for it? I mean, you're sacrificing your entire structural rigidity which also translates to your overall safety. I can't imagine a car like this would perform anywhere near the same as it would in a crash test.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing the photo's makes you realize why Jaguar didn't make this themselves.. woof is right..
      Bobby Robinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would do this to a Jaguar?! It's horrible! Why not buy a Picasso painting and "customize" it too? Just awful.....
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's a typo in the article. "Newport Convertible Engineering" should read "Man in shed with Sawzall."
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eh, They should;ve done a Maybach-style rear convertable drop top. But only for the Long Wheelbase Model.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think we can all agree that THE CAR HAS BEEN RUINED ?!? www.epinions.com/content_512392400516
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