First and foremost,
please check the chassis number!!! We can't stress this enough.
prefixes are as follows:
probably the most informative photo of all. Notice how close the
back gap of the trunk opening is to the chrome moulding around the
top. A true convertible has a space of (approximately) 3 inches
between the back gap of the trunk opening and the chrome moulding.
Also the chrome moulding itself is 5 pieces on a convertible. (See
closeup of next photo.)
in this photo that there is no clip. The chome moulding on a coupe
is in 4 pieces. Another telltale sign is that the convertible top
here sits above the chrome moulding, on a true convertible, the
edge of the top tucks under the moulding.
On the interior there
are also some differences in the rear of the car. Notice the seat
in the next photo. It has the wider seat top of the coupe and
not the narrower one of the true convertible. (This car didn't
even have a headliner installed for the soft top.)
Notice in this photo
of a TRUE convertible the difference in the rear seat area.
This difference is to make room for the soft top with the boot cover
when the top is down.
photo of the header of the convertible top, is also a sign that
this is a cut coupe.
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