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Polycarbonate Roof for Elise - eBay

So, David Craig told me about this and I reached out.

This looks to be what I've been wanting badly - a polycarbonate hardtop for the Elise.

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I've been trading emails with the guy and he's getting a bit snippy, but a few notes:

- $3,300 plus $100 to ship. I basically told this guy, in a loving way, that he's high. NO ONE will pay $3,300 for a part time roof for a part time car. If the price point was $1,500, I'd buy it today.

- 12% light pass. Sorry, but I'd want much more light to pass through. That's the whole point. I'm thinking more like 80% would be better

- Fitment/quality - $3,300 for site unseen/unknown. I told the guy that there have been a few aftermarket tops (Gullwing, etc) with crap quality and poor fitment.

I am emailing with him to see if he's willing to special 'early adopter' pricing. We'll see.

Again, I love the idea of this roof, but at $3,300, no frickin' way.



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Hmmm, looks weird without the indent.

Just noticed the drivers side window edge is f_cked.
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What would the benefit be for 80% light transmission? Is the wind messing up your hair Mr. Lo? .

It does look kind of cool, but it's clearly overpriced.
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more light with the roof off.
very cool tho.

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To me, it would be like a sunroof in a normal car. On days below 60 when I have the top on, it would be less claustrophobic and more 'open' than the dark soft top or hard top.

I'm emailing with the guy now and basically trying to help him by saying 'ummm, didn't you do any market research before you embarked on this thing?' Many people would like this, but at 12% light transmission and what appears to be a price tag that's about $2K too strong?

No way.
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There is a very nice option for a polycarbonate roof with excellent fitment. Recent pricing was ~$2450 with shipping at about $800 (shipped in a wooden protective crate). The price has been as high as $3700 plus $800 shipping. The price changes from month to month and exchange rate really can affect the price a bit. There may also be customs fees on top of it all.

If you want one, PM me and I'll try to hook you up. I may still be able to get it at a lower price.
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There is a very nice option for a polycarbonate roof with excellent fitment. Recent pricing was ~$2450 with shipping at about $800 (shipped in a wooden protective crate). The price has been as high as $3700 plus $800 shipping. The price changes from month to month and exchange rate really can affect the price a bit. There may also be customs fees on top of it all.

If you want one, PM me and I'll try to hook you up. I may still be able to get it at a lower price.
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This may be the EU version

The car in the pics is the EU Elise: locking gas cap & EU plate up front!
Agree price is high!

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It would be cool to see a version for an Exige with air intake...

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I have had several cars with "moonroofs" and even with some tint (unknown %) my head cooks on sunny days. Blondes might do okay but I have dark hair. I basically always drove with the sunshade closed, negating any benefit of the expensive moonroof. So 12% transmission of light does not sound unreasonable to me.
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There is a very nice option for a polycarbonate roof with excellent fitment. Recent pricing was ~$2450 with shipping at about $800 (shipped in a wooden protective crate). The price has been as high as $3700 plus $800 shipping. The price changes from month to month and exchange rate really can affect the price a bit. There may also be customs fees on top of it all.

If you want one, PM me and I'll try to hook you up. I may still be able to get it at a lower price.
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Not going to lie, I REALLY want to get one of these. No way in hell im paying $3,500 though.
I all for making money, and making a great profit, but I'd like to see this in the $1500-$2000 range for me to purchase.

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Within 2k will be fine.

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I was going to get one and paint it, but the shipping killed it.
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I have a pair of Serengeti driving glasses that have a photocromic film. In strong glare on bright days the tint darkens and drops light to about 15% transmission, and I can still clearly see out of them. I think 12% sounds about right. 80% transmission would be like a windscreen and add greatly to the heat build-up in the car. With 80% transmission you might as well just go without the roof, which is free, rather than $3300.

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With the exception of my Elise, I haven't had a car without a moonroof since the early '90's, and several have had the panorama type roof. I would pay $2k for a quality piece. It makes a big difference on dreary winter days, and especially given the small cabin of the Elise, would brighten things up quite a bit.
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With the exception of my Elise, I haven't had a car without a moonroof since the early '90's, and several have had the panorama type roof. I would pay $2k for a quality piece. It makes a big difference on dreary winter days, and especially given the small cabin of the Elise, would brighten things up quite a bit.
This.

Every car I've owned for the last 15 years has had a sunroof (why the hell do they call them 'moonroofs').

I think this would do wonders for the tiny cabin that is the Elise, but as noted, the price is way of base. The guy said 'manufacturing cost this/that'. Fine and dandy, but unless a product can be priced at a level that folks are willing to pay, it's pointless. Especially when you consider that this would be on my car say 10/1-11/15 and then 4/1-5/15 and then any warm winter days that I take it out.
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(why the hell do they call them 'moonroofs').
Where I'm from moonroofs are typically tinted glass that let some light through even when closed, vs other sunroofs that are body color and don't let any light through unless they are open.

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Where I'm from moonroofs are typically tinted glass that let some light through even when closed, vs other sunroofs that are body color and don't let any light through unless they are open.
I'm from the same place you are, Tangy!

Thanks - never understood the difference.

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Sunroof vs. moonroof. I think it has to do with the way it opens. Pop-up-only = sunroof. Slide inside the roof = moonroof. Moonroofs are both moonroofs and sunroofs.

The panel looks pretty nice. 80% transmission has its applications as does 12%. If the light transmission was variable and controllable electronically that would be super slick.

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