It takes commitment to restore a car, to strip it bare and realize the only way you’re going to ever enjoy it is to put it all back together. This 1982 Rabbit Convertible isn’t a tremendously valuable car, but it obviously gave the seller enough enjoyment that he swapped in a high-compression Audi motor and a new transmission. The body was repainted, interior was updated, and a new top was added – none of which are cheap enhancements. But if the car gave the seller years of top-down enjoyment in the New Mexico sunshine, then I suppose it was all worth it.
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I’m not often intrigued by convertible iterations of 911s, but this ’84 caught my eye for its perfect color combo and low miles. The fact that it appears mostly original, as validated by the seller’s claims of minimal paintwork and lack of panel replacement, is an added bonus. The higher-compression 3.2 liter flat-6 adds to the overall package, which is perfect for warm weather climates like Florida, where this car resides. The modest whale-tail on the back works for me, giving the classic shape some added attitude, but without the disproportionate effect of a full Turbo-style spoiler on a non-Turbo body. Speaking of shapes, the 911 is one of the few cars that looks as good as a convertible as it does a fixed-roof coupe – in this author’s humble opinion.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 911 Cabriolet on eBay
There’s one glaring problem with the Porsche 911. With such a long production run and so many variants to choose from, which is the one to have? The dyed in the wool types would no doubt go for an air-cooled 911, but which one? The Carrera 3.2 was an icon of the 1980s but with features firmly entrenched with the first model that debuted in the 1960s. The 993 would be the swan song of the air-cooled 911 range, with styling that was both a departure from the original formula yet instantly recognizable at the same time. We’ll take a look at two Grand Prix White 911 Cabriolets, starting with this 1987 Carrera 3.2 for sale in California with under 50,000 miles on the clock.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
The Type 300 was the top of the range for Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s, a symbol of what this company was capable of but few were able to afford in the years immediately after World War II. One of the most impressive models was the four-door cabriolet version, known to some as the “Adenauer.” This was due to the fact that it was the ride of choice for the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer. Towards the end of the production run, the 300d was revealed, sporting a detuned version of the fuel-injected inline-6 found in the 300SL sports car. This was a car for the rich and famous, a car that was on par with what Rolls Royce had to offer in its day. It would eventually be succeeded by the 600 Grosser Mercedes, which would carry the torch of the über Benz into the 1980s. This 300d is one of 65 ever produced and is currently on offer in Ohio.