October 19, 2017

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Custom Convertible Conversion

1978

1978

1979

American Custom Coachworks (ACC) Original Sales Pictures and Brochures (Click for larger Pictures)

 

In the absence of Convertibles being manufactured by any of the Big Three after 1976, several private conversion companies jumped into the act of providing open air alternative conversions. In 1978 and 1979 the American Custom Coachworks LTD of Beverly Hills, CA provided a convertible conversion on the Thunderbird before the factory T-Roof Convertible option was available. At the time American Custom Coachworks was converting convertibles from Ford and Lincoln hardtops and a few General Motors models as well. For at least the early 1978 Thunderbird version, the rear seat was covered when the top was down making it a pseudo roadster. While the top was down it covered most of the rear seat. A boot or tuneau was then included to cover the top and covered entire area to the back of the front seat. An update on the 1979 versions top (and possibly late 78 versions), allowed the top to go into a well behind the rear seat. This allowed the rear seat to be used when the top was down. This was a great improvement over the 78 design! To purchase one of these exclusive conversions was not for the budget minded! While most of these cars were loaded with options, one had to be prepared to shell out a cool $21,000.00 for one of these Thunderbird Sport drop-tops to have the open air feel. There are no production figures available for either the 1978 or 1979 conversion run at this time. The June 1979 issue of Motor Trend did mention the Thunderbirds converted by American Custom Coachworks in their MEGABUCK $ Motoring article (pg 104) but there was no photo of the Thunderbird attached!

 

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1979 ACC conversion
Owned by George Brundo of Hornell, NY

1979 ACC conversion for sale
Rochester, NY Victor Car Show 1995

1979 ACC conversion Owner Unknown