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Tesla Model 3 convertible is your Roadster holdover

Newport Convertible Engineering, which has chopped the top off other Teslas, is responsible for this creation.

Tesla Model 3 convertible
A roofless Model 3 now exists.
Newport Convertible Engineering

The next-generation Tesla Roadster is -- not surprisingly -- delayed. What's a Tesla enthusiast to do in the meantime? Send a Tesla Model 3 to Newport Convertible Engineering, of course.

The California-based shop that's long performed Model S convertible conversions will now remove the roof from the Model 3. Top Gear first reported the latest addition to NCE's roster of convertible conversions and it's probably a love-it-or-hate it kind of affair. While it will totally meet the need for an open-air experience, the shop had to work around some hurdles.

They include the B-pillar, which sticks around because it houses Autopilot cameras. It's nice to know the Model 3's driver-assist system will still function, but it does look a tad awkward. Otherwise, it looks like the rest of the body remains largely intact, and some trunk space should still be useable despite storage for the soft-top roof. Overall, it still looks like a Model 3, even though I get some Volkswagen New Beetle vibes from the final product with the top down.

NCE told Roadshow the process is pretty laborious and includes gutting the interior, restructuring the car and reinforcing the body and designing the new body pieces along with performing the precision cuts. Through that, NCE designs the convertible component, creates the soft-top roof's upholstery and tests it on the road and with lots of water before a customer takes delivery.

NCE is known for wild convertible conversions so it's not a shocker the Model 3 is joining the fray. Those who pull the trigger will need to come equipped with $29,500 for a manual convertible, or $39,500 for a powered roof. All the work takes about two to three months, but in the end, drivers get their very own electric convertible.

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