Newport Convertible Engineering was first US coach builder that designed, engineered and distributed limited Mercedes Benz CL Convertibles throughout the world..
NCE will Design & Engineer your Mercedes Benz CL to Power top convrtible, NCE EDITION.
Newport convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and manufactures convertible tops on all brands of automobiles, NCE also has been recognized for their original top designs on many Mercedes Benz convertibles.
Topless Transformation: Mercedes-Benz CL Loses Its Head
With every passing year, there seems to be more convertibles on the market. But if you live in a sunny clime like California’s, enough sunshine is never enough. That’s where convertible chop-shops like Newport Convertible Engineering step in. The folks at NCE will take just about any automobile and turn it into a custom cabrio to a buyer’s specifications. The company’s portfolio includes recent conversions of a Dodge Challenger, Toyota Prius, Cadillac CTS, Hummer H2, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and this Mercedes-Benz CL AMG. Unfortunately, from the photos seen here, the soft top doesn’t seem to collapse quite flush with the rear deck, leaving something to be desired in terms of aesthetics – to say nothing of rearward visibility. Here’s hoping there’s a snug-fitting cover lurking in whatever trunkspace remains.
Mercedes Benz has hinted at the development of a convertible version of its CL flagship as far back as 2007 but still today there is no such model in the automaker’s lineup. Customers tired of waiting can still purchase a CL Cabrio thanks to the guys at California’s Newport Convertible Engineering, which offers a customized CL with its steel roof replaced by an automated folding soft-top.
Making a convertible out of a hardtop involves much more than chopping off the steel roof and designing a folding mechanism for the cloth top. Removing the steel top robs a car of a tremendous amount of structural rigidity that must be restored before the resulting soft-top can be deemed drivable. Every convertible built by the Californian coachbuilder includes significant structural upgrades to ensure the cars are equal to factory-built convertibles in terms of rigidity and roadworthiness.
Admittedly, the custom CL Cabrio looks rather stylish and would no doubt stand out from the crowd in any suburban district. Pricing for standard two-door convertible conversions typically range from $10,000 to $15,000, however, some projects Newport Convertible Engineering has worked on has run up into the six figure sums.