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I'm searching around for SLK's, and this individual tells me that his car was modified (he doesn't know much, just a gift-recipient) so that the top doesn't come off. He told me that they "just took everything out and put in a top that wouldn't come off". Is this at all common? Has anyone seen something like this, and would it be pricey to make the top operable again?
 

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Not common at all and sounds like a lot of hooey to me. Oh and please update your profile and post an introduction thread as above
 

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My guess would be it was a salvage and repairing it to a level so that the top would work properly wasn't viable or cost effective. It would be much easier to remove the mechanisms to get a functioning car. And doing so logically could increase the storage space considerably. But I sincerely doubt it was an intentional conversion outside of a salvage effort.

The other rationale I could see is if it was being modded for use as a racer. For that purpose, getting rid of all the extra weight from the roof mechanisms would help the performance. If that is the case, I would expect the car to have been driven quite hard.

Of course, I could be wrong. I just wouldn't bet on it.
 
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