Tesla Model S: Coachbuilt convertible by ARES showcased

Published: 22 January 2021

► One-off drop-top Tesla from ARES
► Two doors and retractable fabric roof
► Open-air thrills for this Model S

ARES has revealed a one-off Tesla Model S convertible, built as a private commission. It turns the electric four-door saloon into a two-door convertible.  

What’s different about it?

Aside from the empty space where the roof used to be, ARES has stripped away the B-pillars and rear doors to make room for larger front doors. A new rear bonnet has been designed and installed to store the retractable fabric roof.

ARES has also strengthened the chassis with reinforcements made to the side members, rear seats and underneath the cockpit. Finally, a small carbonfibre aero kit has been added. 

What about inside? 

The standard rear seats have been replaced with custom-made units while the entire interior has been retrimmed in hand-stitched ice white leather, undoubtedly to a higher standard than a factory-built Tesla. Orange detailing is also included throughout the interior at the request of the client. 

This isn’t the first time a Tesla has received the coachbuild treatment. A Tesla Model S hearse conversion is available to order and a one-off Model S Shooting Brake was showcased last year.

What is ARES?

ARES Design is an Italian design house that specialise in building cars to individual specifications. Ran by ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar, ARES Design has produced a number of bespoke one-off supercars and meticulously reengineered cars. 

Made to measure motoring: behind the scenes at ARES

Previous efforts include a two-door Bentley Mulsanne and the Lamborghini Huracán-based ARES Panther. A limited-production model, each one takes six months to build and is styled to look like a modern DeTomaso Pantera, it even features pop-up headlights.

By Ryan Gilmore

Automotive content writer and classic car bore - is that any good?