1k: Twizzler: 1971 Volvo 142E Convertible

Automobile manufacturers spend millions of dollars and thousands of engineering hours to create convertible versions of fixed roof cars and it typically results in a heavier drop top because of all the additional under body reinforcement to create a properly rigid chassis.  However, sometimes a DIY car customizer will throw caution to the wind and convertibilize a coupe with nothing more than a hacksaw, welder and beer.  The result is open-air motoring with the chassis rigidity of a car made from twizzlers.  Find this 1971 Volvo 142 E ‘vert for sale in Duvall, WA currently bidding on ebay for $430 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.  Tip from Scot!

Volvo (the Auto manufacturer) never built a drop top version of the venerable 140/240 series cars, probably due to its single minded focus on safety back in the day.  A previous owner of this 142 decided to rectify this oversight by chopping off the roof and replacing it with a soft top.  At first glance it doesn’t look that bad.

By Thor, what in thunder is that piece of metal welded in the door cavity?  Unistrut? Plumbers tape? Why, oh why?  Additional tubular reinforcements behind the front seats also show steps the builder took to avoid the inevitable chassis flex leading to a clamshell impersonation that won’t be pretty.

This would be the part where we say “lose the wheels and this starts to look attractive”…but…the unistrut really should terrify anyone with a basic understanding of stress/strain relationships and metal strength.  Really.

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