The only known cure for a post-Specialty Equipment Market Association soiree hangover is to talk about SEMA for as long as possible. That’s why we drove to NCE in California, to pilot a stylin’ black Chrysler 300 convertible that was out in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA show.
NCE started making Datsun Zs into convertibles in 1983 and has chopped the tops off more than 1000 cars since. NSC strengthens the A- and B-pillars and rocker panels, and adds a basket roll-hoop as well as reinforcement behind the rear seat. The company did it right, as a short drive over Placentia’s toughest speed bumps produced no shimmies.
The top consists of three layers; in descending order: German canvas, 3/4 foam, nice headliner material. Top up, the ride is quiet as a production convertible. The hydraulically/electrically operated top functions smoothly with one button, and the headliner releases with two latches.