Milan Convertibles, Inc converted owner's Sevilles into Milan convertibles at a New York facility near Buffalo. Auto Classic did conversions at a facility in Mexico in 1978. Both of these sites used Milan provided kits and jigs...but Milan was not involved in the actual conversion of these cars. The Milan Convertible Co. sold kits directly to Seville owners for convertible conversions using local craftsmen. These kits were sold at least through late 1978.
Milan Convertible Co. , 5830 Los Virgenes #490, Calabasa, CA 91302: 1987 address containing the below information.
Milan Convertible Co., 31210 LaBaya #211, Westlake Village, CA 91361: For Milan convertible conversion kit in 1987
Milan Convertible Co., 1467 E. Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060: For conversions of owner supplied Sevilles
Original color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 ; factory letter , 8.5 x 11 ; spec sheet , 8.5 x 11 ; original factory mailing envelope , 9.5 x 4 . Produced in 1987 by Milan Convertible Company , CA
Milan Convertible Co. [aka Milan Coach Builders] (Simi Valley, CA, or 5830 Los Virgenes, Calabasas, CA, USA) Offered conversion kits costing $1495 allowing conversion of Seville to 2-door Milan Roadster Convertible (1976 through 1979); Kit included an instruction manual and conversion parts. http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/m/milan/milan.htm
Custom Convertible Conversion by MILAN CONVERTIBLES, INC. (805) 584-3409 CALIFORNIA NEW YORK
MILAN CONVERTIBLES, Inc. Trunk Emblem
The plaque was placed on the on the left rear trunk. Only seen this plaque on two Milans (a 1977 and a 1979). The phone mumber for Milan Convertible Co. and Milan Convertibles, Inc. is the same.
Below is a Milan Convertibles, Inc. conversion done in New York. Note plaque on lower left of the trunk in the left side picture. The standard Cadillac emblem is on the right side of the trunk.
Plaque in door jamb reads: THIS VEHICLE WAS ALTERED BY AUTO CLASSIC. S.A. MEXICALI, B.C., MEX.
All of these conversions were done in Mexico in 1978.
Pictures of a 1976 Seville converted by Auto Classic are below:
The below 1977 Seville is a conversion using a kit provided by the Milan Convertible Co.
Note the 'Seville' instead of 'Milan' front fender emblems
Owner states this car does NOT have the fibeglass insert behind the front seats [Insert was an option on the kits]
Cadillac Seville from Milan Convertible Co. Sales Sheet in a letter dated September 5, 1987
Picture is of a 1977 Seville converted into a Milan using a Milan Convertible Co kit. The interior was redone in vinyl.
Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for a new car that you may not really like? If you have enjoyed the comforts of your '76-'79 Cadillac Seville then why not convert it into a MILAN ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE?
The MILAN ROADSTER is 18" shorter and 400 lbs. lighter than the original Cadillac Seville. This results in greater maneuverability, fuel economy and responsiveness. The manual top is easily lowered or raised from the driver's seat. Trunk space remains the same and there is an aditional 3" of headroom with the top up.
- Manual Top
-400 lbs. Lighter
-Steel Quarter Panels and Rear Deck
-Custom Made Rubber and Plastic Excrusion for Weather Sealing
-Custom Made Heat Sealed Haartz Vinyl Top
The sales sheet also included an inventory list of what was included in the conversion kit, a list of optional items (Pre-Sewn Vinyl or Canvas Top including Pads and Vinyl Boot and a Fiberglass Rear Insert), a list of required tools ans a list of required supplies. Also included was a schematic "convertible top mechanism illustration for 1976-79 Cadillac Seville". [Understand that the top mechanisim was based on the Mercedes SL convertible top-tommy]
Above is a September 5, 1987 letter from the Milan Convertible Co stating that the "Milan Roadster Kit has been designed with ease of assembly in mind so that even an average craftsman can produce a beautiful Milan Roadster in only about 50 hours!" These kits NEVER included the 'Milan' fender emblems.
Links to information about the Milan Convertible Co.