Looking to purchase a silver, pewter, or navy blue 356 roadster/convertible D with a water-cooled engine, roll-up windows, and air conditioning. My wife and I would be willing to consider a higher cc, air-cooled engine if it was the right car. 

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Thanks Theron. I appreciate and agree with your assessment. It is going to be a challenge, and we'd be open to a Vintage or JPS build (they are both exploring the option of starting roadster builds). We haven't had much success yet, and I actually contacted that owner of the car you referenced just as he was deciding to take it off the market. Dang. 

I have no doubt that Greg Leech could do a Convertible D if he decided to. I have no such confidence that JPS could.

As a guy who contracted with John Steele for something he'd never done (but was just sure he could do)-- I'd believe it when I actually saw it. Talk is pretty easy for some people-- and John has the gift of being capable of promising anything without a trace of shame.

I've been in email correspondence with both organizations about producing a convertible-D/roadster in the near future.

Duly noted about the JPS warning.

In the meantime, I'll continue to keep a look out for an IM. Please consider letting me know if you hear about or come across such a vehicle.

Beck offers a Convertible-D as well, although they’ve only done a small number so far.  Everything will now be built on their new frame, which offers multiple drive-train options including mid- and rear-mounted engines in air- and water-cooled configurations.  Modern suspensions and the option of an automatic transaxle.  They’re ramping up slowly, but it’ll be worth the wait.

BTW there is a turbo look convertible D from IM that is in the USA market which is not conventional but could be had for a more reasonable price and has been for sale for a while. It was built in 1988 and has a 2100 cc engine . Recaro leather seats which I have on my car which are very comfortable.  Asking below $30K USA.  

There is room in that price to fix & even paint it whatever colour you want if your first impression was a roadster was worth 50... Add AC for another $5K 

If it was me.  I would buy it and drive it for a while to see if this is the kind of vehicle I really wanted.  Dream ≠ reality, sell it and cut your losses.  Just trying to help. 

Owners info on the link below. 

 

https://intermeccanica.com/ath...-cooled-turbo-d.html

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@Troy Nunamaker

 

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Troy Nunamaker posted:

I've been in email correspondence with both organizations about producing a convertible-D/roadster in the near future.

Duly noted about the JPS warning.

In the meantime, I'll continue to keep a look out for an IM. Please consider letting me know if you hear about or come across such a vehicle.

I would not be the guinea pig.  It will be a long, long wait and potential for cost over runs. There are many fine lightly used speedsters available.

Art

chines1 posted:

Windshield, doors, top frame are all that is "required" to make the change from speedy to D.  While that may sound simple, there are a LOT of variables in play and sourcing all of the parts is not only difficult but VERY expensive to do properly.

I asked a similar question to Henry once, but going from D to Speedster.  I got the same reply - that it was almost impossible to do the switch, and certainly expensive if it could be done.

And as much as I love the looks of the speedster, I can only get my wife enthusiastically onboard if I secure some of the “comforts” of the convertible D/roadster (roll-up windows, better convertible top fit/seal, a/c, etc.). I appreciate all the advice and will keep patiently looking.

Troy wrote: "And as much as I love the looks of the speedster, I can only get my wife enthusiastically onboard if I secure some of the “comforts” of the convertible D/roadster (roll-up windows, better convertible top fit/seal, a/c, etc.)."

That's just for now.

Later on it'll be "Can you make it quieter?"  Then "Can you make it less smelly?"  Then "Can you make it vibrate less?"   And, if the top's down "I don't like all this wind!"

Just buy a Suby-coupe and drive it.

Troy Nunamaker posted:

Thanks everyone. I really hadn't thought much about reworking a car, but it is something definitely worth considering. I'll chat with a couple of pros in town and get a feel for what paint/engine swap/A-C install might look like ($). 

@Troy Nunamaker With the car being in California already I'd send it to Greg Leach @VSpyder and have him complete the work. He's experienced with these cars, his work is second to none, and it would be convenient for you.

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