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1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

The Porsche 964 went relatively unnoticed for quite some years. The rush on air-cooled Porsches changed that, with the immense popularity of its successor and predecessor, the 993 and 3.2 Carrera, respectively, increasing values on this 911 steadily. This Carrera 4 Cabriolet for sale outside of Philadelphia is one of around 4,800 C4s produced out of a production run of just over 17,300 964 Cabriolets. This particular car has just over 60,000 miles and also comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

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Feature Listing: 2006 Audi A4 1.8T Cabriolet with 36,000 miles

We like to seek out low mileage examples of our favorite German machines here at GCFSB, and this week, I’ve come across one in my own backyard here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Normally, an A4 Cabriolet isn’t high on my radar when it comes to the used market, but an old colleague contacted me this week telling me that he was putting his 2006 A4 1.8T Cabriolet up for sale, and it had only covered 36,000 miles. I had to go have a look for myself this afternoon and upon doing so, I’ve come away with a new found respect for this four-place drop top. With warm weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to be entertaining a ride like this.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Audi A4 1.8T Cabriolet on Craigslist Washington DC

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1999 BMW 328i Convertible

With summer about to commence, I’m sure we’d all like to have a convertible in which we could worship the sun. What better way to do it with three of your friends than a BMW 3 series convertible? Most of these E36 convertibles were acquired for cruising and thus equipped with automatic gearboxes. However, this one for sale in Pennsylvania is mated to BMWs slick 5-speed manual. This 328i has yet to crack 60,000 miles and for those who like cloth tops better than the new fangled retractable hardtops, you’ll want to look this one over.

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1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Yesterday we looked at a beautiful early Turbo Carrera and today we will venture to the other end of the 930 timeline for one of the last Turbos produced. Here we have a Velvet Red Metallic 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Miami, with Red interior and just 36,783 miles on it. As this ad indicates, and which any seller of an ’89 930 surely will let you know, this was the only model year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. That makes them extremely attractive to collectors as performance has consistently been a key factor in differentiating the value between various 911 models, with a one-year-only version of a performance model naturally garnering serious demand. For the 911 enthusiast these cars possess a somewhat different appeal as the final year of such an iconic model. They aren’t necessarily the best performing 930s on the market as increasing weight would hold them back relative to their earlier peers, but they do represent the most refined version of the breed, an attribute enhanced by that extra gear. All in all, there are a variety of reasons to find joy in the final year of the 930 and for the driver hoping to have a Turbo Cabriolet this also would be the last model produced in large numbers among the air-cooled 911s.

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2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet

Of the three Audi B7 S4 body styles, the cabriolet was always the least appealing in my eyes. I never really cared for the B7 sedan much either as the B7 Avant is pretty much perfect but I still thought it was more appealing than the drop top, until recently. Having now owned a B7 S4 Avant I know the strengths and weaknesses of the car, I understand it’s purpose and oddly enough I think the vibe of the car is well suited for a convertible option.

The great thing about an S4, particularly the B7 generation, is that the cars don’t look particularly fast. They’re pretty run of the mill in terms of the styling save for a few details here and there. That’s what I’ve always loved about them and what made driving the Avant so much fun. Just as nobody expects the inquisition, nobody expects for a V8 to be shoehorned into such a small car, let alone a wagon. I think the same can be said of a convertible even though losing the roof is a quick way to attract more attention. Still, the B7 S4 cabrio is conservatively styled and no one will likely give you a second glance until you go roaring by them with the 4.2L V8 at full throttle. The motor is what makes this car desirable, especially since this is at the very end of the B7 manufacturing run. These 2009 M/Y S4 cabrios were the last cars of the generation to use these motors since the sedan and avant ended their run in 2008. This should add some piece of mind for a potential buyer because the later production S4s had a much lower rate of timing chain failure resulting in drainage of the wallet or fiery death. This particular example has just 54k on the clock, further adding to my belief that it’s a good buy for someone looking to enjoy the wind in their hair at a rather high rate of speed.

Year: 2009
Model: S4 Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 54,949 mi
Price: $28,980 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet on eBay

2009 Audi S4 quattro 2dr Convertible All Wheel Drive (4.2L 8cyl ) with Brilliant Black Exterior, Black Interior. Loaded with 4.2L V8 Engine, Automatic Transmission, Leather Seats, Power Front Seats, Heated Front Seats, Leather Steering Wheel Trim, Paddle Shifters, Audio Steering Wheel Controls, CD Audio System, Bose Premium Speakers, Navigation System, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Exterior Mirrors, Fog Lights, Xenon HID Headlights, 18 Inch Alloy Wheels and more.

VIN WUARL48H29K900001 / STOCK # (900001)

Though it shares nearly everything with it’s hardtop brethren, the S4 cabrio does have a few unique details. For one thing the seats are not branded Recaros but they do look to be similarly bolstered to the ones found in the sedan and Avant so that’s a minor difference. Also the entire dash is different from the sedan/Avant, sharing the round vents and deeply inset gauge cluster with the B6 cabrio. The rear of the car has taillights similar to the B6 as well but they look marginally better thanks to being a little less rounded off and the clear strip running along the bottom versus the square of a B6.

Other than those things, the B7 S4 cabrio is the same as the sedan and Avant, aside from having the ability to help get you way more Vitamin D than the other two, why get one? I’d still get the Avant over the cabrio everytime but what I now understand having owned one is these cars are first and foremost cruisers. Yes, they can excel at track or in the canyons provided they’ve been built out properly but I think they’re best enjoyed on long stretches of winding road. Given that this example is an automatic I think it’s even more so a city cruiser than a V8 powered sled begging to be driven hard. Some engines are best enjoyed in the most hardcore body they can be put in but I think that in this case, the 4.2 liter singing to you with the top down beats it doing so in the sedan, maybe even the avant…maybe.

Cheers,

-Andrew

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