American Specialty Cars

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American Specialty Cars (commonly known as ASC) is an automobile supplier of highly engineered and designed roof systems, body systems and other specialty-vehicle systems for the world’s automakers. The company is headquartered in Warren, Michigan, in the United States and was one of several coach convertible builders.

Founding[edit]

The company was founded by Heinz Prechter in Los Angeles, California as the American Sunroof Company in 1965.[citation needed] The company soon expanded its operations into Detroit by 1967. The company first supplied OEM services for the Ford Motor Company's 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7.[citation needed]

Innovations[edit]

ASC invented the glass-panel "moonroof".[citation needed] In the industry, ASC became well known for converting standard coupe automobiles into convertibles on an OEM basis.[citation needed] The company also engineers convertible tops for automakers to build themselves. Other original-equipment firsts for ASC include the mobile video system (on the Chevrolet Venture) and the powered sunroof.

Currently[edit]

The company has since changed its name in 2004 to highlight its new corporate focus on being a complete specialty-vehicle development partner for the world’s automakers.

Products[edit]

Recent ASC concepts[edit]

  • ASC RAM TONNEAU
  • ASC / MV-1 Ramp Systems
  • ASC / Jeep Sky Slider
  • ASC Cosmos
  • ASC TriLite
  • ASC Diamondback
  • ASC-Suzuki Wave

Current ASC products[edit]

Past ASC products[edit]

ASC Saab 900 convertible prototype
ASC McLaren Ford Mustang

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