Europe's coach builders are reinventing the roadster.
At the Geneva auto show, Pininfarina, Italdesign and Bertone will introduce roadsters that easily can be converted into another body style.
Italdesign will introduce a concept car based on the Chevrolet Corvette. Pininfarina will unveil a car that doubles as a roadster or race car. And Bertone will debut a roadster based on the BMW Z8.
Italdesign's homage to the Corvette is called Moray. It is slightly longer, wider and much taller than the Corvette, but its most striking feature is the glass bubble roof. The glass behind the a-pillar can be removed easily, transforming the coupe into an "almost-roadster."
Bertone will display a still-unnamed concept car based on the BMW Z8. Although the car is built on the Z8 chassis, Bertone has extended the wheelbase by 12 inches. The coupe's roof slides down over the trunk lid, transforming it into a true roadster.
The project gave Bertone an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to assemble aluminum-body cars. Bertone also will introduce two significant production vehicles: the exterior of the Fiat New Small car, and the Alfa Romeo GT coupe.
Pininfarina's concept car Enjoy is a two-seat barchetta with a trick feature. To convert the roadster into a race car, one detaches the front and rear fenders.
Pininfarina declined to reveal Enjoy's powertrain or platform. Pininfarina also will display four production models.
The redesigned Alfa Romeo Spider and GTV are having their world debuts in Geneva. Pininfarina did the face-lifts and will assemble both models.
French coach builder Heuliez will present a Peugeot 206 CC with a "deflectop" system. When the car's retractable top is folded down, the deflectop acts as a windbreaker to prevent buffeting. Heuliez also will display an Espace with a customized interior. Both vehicles are making world debuts.
Stola, based in Turin, Italy, will unveil the Stola GTS concept, an interpretation of a Porsche Boxster.