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MetroMPG 08-27-2008 01:10 PM

Another chopped car with better MPG: Metro convertible
Someone sent a link to this car...


...I was impressed with the chop top and the "45 to 70 mpg" written on the gas cap. Dry lakes racers have known for many years chopping the top raisings a car's top speed, due to lowering its frontal area. It can also improve the gas mileage.
The back of the car simply says "60+ mpg".

You can see full size pics here:

Electric Dragin 2008

MazdaMatt 08-27-2008 03:57 PM

why draft with trucks, when you just drive right underneath them??

aerohead 08-27-2008 04:08 PM

Blind spots would be a little spooky,otherwise,it's a really good looking piece of work.And I would have no reason to dispute his/her mpg claims.Thanks for posting the pic!

MetroMPG 08-27-2008 04:36 PM

Phil: when you mentioned blind spots, I went back to the pics to see if he'd deleted his mirrors. Looks like he added smaller ones, but moved them half way back to the end of the door!

Maybe because he's forced to drive with his seat reclined for headroom, and that put his eyes too far away from the original mirrors?

Also bears mentioning: his CdA is probably only better with the top up. Al fresco, it all goes down the drain! (Though still better than original.)

atomicradish 08-27-2008 07:37 PM

I'm too tall for a car like that.

DeadAt40 08-27-2008 08:31 PM

No one can fit in a car chopped this radicaly, except the person who chops it or someone the exact same height. You have to pretty much build the entire car inside and out because adjustable seats and other similar amenities just won't fit. Blind spots are a serious concern, but lowering the drag ratio has drawbacks just like removing the Air conditioning. But as long as you drive with limited visibility in mind it becomes more of an inconvieniance than a safty isue.

bbjsw10 08-27-2008 10:06 PM

I enjoyed the "box" as well, pretty cool. Would like to chop my metro, but not alot of knowledge. Would only want to chop maybe 4" or so. The top just looks to high on the car.

Johnny Mullet 08-27-2008 10:43 PM

My mullet would get all frizzy.

metromizer 08-28-2008 12:54 PM

I love the look of the lowered roofline on that car, that's acually a "cute metro 'vert".

Don't get me wong, I almost bought one, I'd still drive one and may own one some day, but the OEM convertable body looks a little bit like a tennis shoe on wheels, to me.

lunarhighway 08-28-2008 01:16 PM

i think that's one of the main problems with todays cars, they're all to high. when i park, most "normal" cars are about 5 to 20 cm higher than mine wich was introduced in '88... forget suv's and mpv's, just normal cars sometimes smaller than mine.

Cd's will have to drop massively to compensate for that, and there's no sight that will happen without and aero revolution in the car sector.

given the original height of a metro i wonder how that thing remains drivable, but it looks wild!

MetroMPG 08-28-2008 03:08 PM


Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet (Post 56632)
My mullet would get all frizzy.

Haha! :D Well, we can't have that then.

Just noticed: the little car doesn't look lowered.

jamesqf 08-28-2008 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by lunarhighway (Post 56791)
i think that's one of the main problems with todays cars, they're all to high.

I agree - but then, my idea of a car with proper ride height is something like a Porsche 914 or Lotus Europa :-)

metromizer 08-28-2008 09:28 PM

2 Attachment(s)
check out the Hudson boys Gen1 metro choptop...

there is a whole section on their website if you're interested

pawilkes 08-28-2008 09:52 PM

the idea of getting a convertable of some type and making it areo has been floating around in my head a lot lately. you could remove the top and trunk and then make a very aerodynamic roof/tail for it. chopping the windshield would be relatively easy compaired to chopping the whole top and convertables don't depend on their roof for structural integrity. i would make a big hatchback so the trunk was still usable. although rather large, the new Solar has a pretty smooth transition from hood to windshield so i'd imagine it would work well but i was thinking along the lines of a Miata or metro

bennelson 08-28-2008 10:40 PM

I got to sit in a Tesla Roadster - now that's a low car!

I think chopped Metro's look cooler though!

MetroMPG 11-28-2011 11:26 AM

euromodder 11-28-2011 12:51 PM

Someone we might know ?

MetroMPG 11-28-2011 01:02 PM

I'm doubtful - someone would have ID'd the builder by now.

It's quite a bit different from the photos originally posted.

mikesheiman 04-28-2015 04:26 PM

Seat height
Very cool idea there a way to modify/lower the seats a handful of inches so your head doesn't get chopped along with the top of the car?

whatmaycome14 04-28-2015 04:42 PM

I dream of the day when I have the resources to be able to chop the top of my civic. Not THIS extreme mind you but at least 2-3in.

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