The Indian car market doesn’t have any affordable convertible on sale currently. Many dream of driving around in an open top, convertible car but due to exorbitant prices of the luxury options, it remains a dream. however, India is a country of jugaads and needy people find their way around the things. Here are few examples of regular Indian cars turned into beautiful convertibles.
Maruti 800 can be termed as the most loved car in India. The car went out of the production in 2014. Yet, many people have clung on their beloved 800. Here is an example of beautifully retro-modified 800 that has been transformed into a convertible by JS Design.
The 800 gets a complete overhaul regarding looks. It now gets flared wheel arches, side skirts, alloy wheels with black treatment, tail lamp unit from Chevrolet Spark and a luggage rack on the boot. The car gets dual exhaust tips on the rear and a soft cover whenever the occupants need some privacy. It also comes with striking yellow body colour and interior theme, making it a hard to miss the car on the road.
The Maruti 1000 was the first sedan from the brand in India which was later replaced by the Esteem. The 1000 convertible is a perfect example of how to keep the car simple yet very desirable. All the original parts of the car have been retained to make it easier for maintenance.
As removing the roof hampers the stability of the vehicle, additional reinforcements have been added to the body. This two-door convertible Maruti 1000 will give you major car goals in life.
Contessa was undoubtedly one of the best-looking cars in its time. Even now, a well maintained Contessa can give a complexion to the modern cars. If only Hindustan Motors had designed a convertible based on it, Indian market would have achieved far more regarding design.
Here is an example of Contessa with an open roof. The car has been painted in vibrant yellow colour while the grille and the headlamp outline gets black paint. With the new alloys, the car truly looks like it is ready to own the road.
The popular van of Indian market has been around for a long time. People do not call it a beautiful vehicle. This custom built buggy based on the Omni makes it totally unrecognisable but also takes its visual aspect to a much higher level. The body is made up of 18 gauge sheet metal that has been reformed in a vintage design.
The car gets a flowing, long curvy bonnet but the engine is in its original position, which is under the front seats. The buggy gets beautiful 5-spoke alloy wheels with 175/75 profile tyres. The engine remains the same 796cc, 3-cylinder petrol unit that churns out 33 BHP-57 Nm.
The Premier Padmini was a good looking sedan in its time. The Padmini stormed the rallies, carried passengers as a taxi and also became one of the most desired family cars. Till date, many owners have groomed their Padmini’s for the modern world. Here is an example of beautifully modified Premier Padmini that has been transformed into a convertible.
The car still keeps the Fiat logos and gets a new purple shade on the exterior, while the interiors have been adorned in a light brown shade. There is no retractable roof for the rainy days but the car sure promises to turn heads around wherever it goes.
The Zen was the performance hatchback in its prime days. Every youth in the country wanted one. At present times, there are many beautifully kept examples of the Zen. This one though is little different. The Zen Classic we see here has been modified to a convertible. It keeps the front signature grille intact while adding a bit more chrome to the face. The car looses rear two doors, and the whole set-up makes it one cool car to have in the garage.
Tata launched the Nano with big hopes in the market. The price of the cheapest car and an odd shape did not help the car to take off in the market. The car looks exceptional as a convertible, though. As seen here, the Nano’s roof has been chopped while keeping all the four doors in place but without the window frames. The Nano gets a soft cover, but it looks the best in its wind-in-the-hair mode.
The Spark is another cute little car in the Indian market. The Spark is a perfect city car with its small dimensions. Seen here is an example of the mode where the roof has been chopped to make it a convertible. The white coloured car gets red and white interiors making the whole set-up complement each other beautifully. Anything else has not been changed in the vehicle.
The Bolero is the rugged MUV, which sells in good numbers in India. Bolero is also one of the most loved vehicles by the modders across the country. Here is an example of the Bolero converted into open top Jeep. The vehicle gets a beautiful shade of green and a roll-over cage. There is also a collapsible windscreen up front. The Bolero also gets flared wheel arches and bigger profile tyres. At the front, there is also an off-road spec bumper.
The good old Esteem was the status symbol among the Indian middle class when the car came out in the 90s. The 83 BHP – 110 Nm engine of the sedan was one of the most frugal engines in its time and was loved by the enthusiast community. Here is a finely transformed example of the Esteem. The car gets Ferrari get up complete with the red colour and the logo. The Esteem in this form does look appealing in this form.