National Coach Engineering of Michigan
Other Custom Convertibles
Custom Coach Trans Am
|owner: Glen & Tammy
|This silver convertible Trans Am looks a lot like a
10th Anniversary Trans Am on the outside but the interior is black.
It has the same silver paint scheme, turbo rims, turbo hood etc. The
black top is a nice contrast but seems to be a little long in the
rear. Looks like the factory turbo is still intact which is not real
common with the so-equipped 2nd gens. Note the power antenna mounted
on the driver's rear quarter panel. A couple recently purchased this
car and contacted me. Tammy writes:
"This car was not done by National coach as there is
no plate on the door frame. Darrel D on your web site refers to this
car as being the one done by Custom coach…..unsure of what exact
company this is. On other sites discussing the convertible trans am
for this year, there is mention of one car being converted by Custom
coach and that it was sent to BC. What I am hoping for (maybe
unrealistic) is to find someone that is knowledgeable about the car
done by this “Custom Coach” so we can either prove or disapprove
that our car is this one. And if it was not done by this “Custom
Coach” what company did do it as it was bought “new” from the
dealership as a convertible. (We have the original bill of sale). We
did contact the dealership but they said that they wouldn’t have
documentation any more on this car."
I received this recently in reference to this TA:
"I have seen this car in person and it is a low mile
original owned TA. It is not an NCE conversion but a Custom Coach. It
was for sale when I looked at it and I did see it on Ebay. I don't
know if it is sold yet. It is in Surrey B.C. Canada. It is a very nice
car. I hope this helps, Darrell D."
Trans Am #43
"Here are some pictures of my rare
81 Trans Am. It is fully loaded and has a Turbo Charged 4.9 Liter
engine. This car was sold new as a convertible in Toronto Canada,
but has been on the west coast for most of its life. It is a
National Coach Engineering conversion number F-043. They put a
serial number plate on the driver side door jamb. There were a lot
of modifications done to these cars. The frame is reinforced from
front to back with flat bar and one inch tubing, the front seats sit
lower, the back seat is trimmed 1.5 inches on each side to make room
for the top. The sun visors are closer together and the dome light
is now at the end of the console. Even the spare tire is
I hope you enjoy, Darrell D.
Darrell owns another Trans Am that is just awesome. Its a green '79
Trans Am and can be seen at '79 Firebirds Lot#4.
|owner: Bill Oughtred
"I'm very impressed with the number of convertible
conversions your showing from National Coach Engineering. As such, I
am sending off a couple of pictures of my 1981 Turbo conversion.
It's in absolute mint - original shape. Everything is original other
than tires and rims, and a new stereo. This car has not seen rain
since 1986 (since I purchased it used). It's extremely clean other
than a few cracks in the paint on the nose. I am interested in
picking up another '81 T/A convertible. If you know of any of the
other owners that are interested in selling, my e-mail is below.
1981 Trans Am
This white convertible Trans Am looks to be in
excellent condition. This ones comes with the 4.9L Turbo and had
64,000 miles on it when the pics were taken. Purportedly this Firebird
is one of five sold at Don Carr Cheverolet in White Rock, BC with the
convertible conversion package. Options installed include a
non-original CD player with amp and sub-woofer, power steering,
brakes, windows and locks, tilt steering, A/C, pulse wipers, cruise
control, four wheel disc brakes and remote control side mirrors. The
paint and interior are original.