There are some days where you feel like you just need a convertible and for those who are fortunate enough to own one, they can roll outside and drop the top to appreciate the great weather when it rolls around. However, most of the time, if you have a truck, that simply isn’t an option. Sure, if you haven’t Jeep or maybe a Ford Bronco with the removable top, the option to appreciate a sunny day in a convertible setup is completely possible but what happens if you drive a regular old pickup truck and want to have the convertible feel?
The ultimate in luxury custom convertible, armored vehicles, and automotive design and engineering. That’s how Newport Convertible Engineering describes itself and, from the looks of this particular example of the F-150 breed, the company ain’t kidding. Starting from a SuperCrew model in Platinum flavor, NCE decided that it would be best to chop off the roof of the full-size workhorse. NCE doesn’t name a price for the conversion, but it does mention that this here is a 2017 Ford F-150 equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that’s boasting direct and port fuel injection. With 375 hp and 470 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm, it sure is sufficiently powerful for towing and highway cruising alike. Another highlight is, of course, Ford’s 10-speed automatic.
Regardless of the pickup truck at hand, when was the last time Ford offered a body-on-frame vehicle with a drop top? It was too long ago, to be honest. And even though Ford announced that the Bronco is coming back for the 2020 MY, it would be wishful thinking to expect a roadster configuration. If you really want a body-on-frame vehicle that can go topless at the touch of a button, your best bet is to ring the peeps over at Newport Convertible Engineering and inquire about their F-150. It won’t be cheap, though.