Huge South Dakota Barn Find - Mirada Convertible

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    They are real.
    A beige one just sold out on the east coat.
     
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    Wow, never knew that. I really want one now. lol.
     
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    There is also 3 Imperials in the auction.
     
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    Global Coach was the conversion company.
    Imperial vert too.
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    The Dodge has nice lines, the Chrysler not so much.
     
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    A lot of pictures of the faux convertible top treatment (which was factory on Miradas and Cordobas) mixed in with genuine convertible conversions. If the rear window is glass, it's a factory fake vert...the true convertible conversions were plastic...and they lost the rear quarter side glass...they also look less finished with the tops up. Here's a pic of a vert conversion with the top up. 2583141489_9792685db0.jpg
     
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    The Mirada at auction, looks to have the optional vinyl top, not a true convertible. But look at the condition of those fender extensions!
     
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    Back when J's where just old DD's, my buddy had his whole fake vert roof come flying off while on the highway.
     
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    Something you'd not forget!
     
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    There was a Mirada for sale in Northern Alberta that had the same thing happen. The seller had the vinyl roof as one piece to be sold with the car.

    My guess is that the butyl mastic (or whatever they used to glue the fiberglass bonnet to the metal roof) gets old, loses adhesion, and the front lip of the faux vinyl roof bonnet gets a little bit of air underneat it, and it turns into a sail and gets blown off.
     
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    The original image is called a "Cabriolet Roof" - aka, fake convertible. They made a bunch of those on the Cordoba and Mirada. The Baron Red convertible shown earlier is mine. I've had it for 10 years now. Still finishing up the change over to a white leather interior.

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    I'm also considering switching over to the LS nose, basically making it a 1980 300 Convertible. My car is a 1981. There were about 200 Mirada, Cordoba and Imperial convertibles made by Global Coach in Florida. They did an OK job.

    I also had a Mirada convertible that I bought as a parts car. Why a parts car? Here's a pic of how I found it in a junk yard in Maryland. By the time I got it, the nose was gone. I guess he realized it had value before I picked it up. But all in all, I got a lot of great parts and an extra convertible top frame for only $375.

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    Here's another convertible that was discovered and recently sold on Cape Cod.

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    Yes it looks weird the way the C piller bussel back accent line that flows into the quarter is just cut off and topped off by the top stack. Still wouldent mind having one to go along with my 81 Frank with sun roof!
     
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    Wow. Never seen the ragtop version.Way better looking than the Gm and Ford offerings of that time. Must have one.
     
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    I don't think any of the convertibles were offered by the factory. You bought the car, then you sent it to a third party for conversion.

    I am sort of surprised at how many J body convertibles have been turning up.