It’s not the fastest or flashiest of vintage German iron, but the Mk1 Volkswagen Cabriolet has a strong following and offers a good point of entry for drop top Teutonic motoring. In the 1980s and 1990s, Volkswagen was known for it’s plethora of special edition models, mostly available to the European market. A few made their way to these shores, however, one of which was the Cabriolet Etienne Aigner Edition. This special Cabriolet was available in three colors, Midnight Blue Pearl, Bordeaux Red Pearl and the color we see here, Mangrove Green Metallic. All of these Cabriolets had an interior to compliment with Aigner cloth seats and included in the package were Le Castellet style alloy wheels. This example for sale in North Carolina has but 56,639 miles on the clock, perfect for the VW collector out there.
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Need a little bit more space than the 2002 BMW M Roadster we featured yesterday but still lust after some al fresco ///M Motoring? Here’s a good compromise, then. While the M3 Convertible was nothing new when the E36 debuted, the US market was never privy to the E30 M3 Convertible. With the 1998 model year, sun worshippers got their wish with this car we see here for sale in North Carolina. Hardcore enthusiasts tend to take these open-roofed M3s a bit less seriously than their coupe and sedan counterparts, given their added weight and decreased rigidity. At least this car is equipped with the 5-speed manual which will help you make the most of this package.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay
I am a beach person that comes from a beach family. We don’t live there but no year feels complete if I’ve been away from the water for too long. When growing up my favorite vacation each year was when we went to the beach and while as an adult I enjoy a little more variety it is still the yearly family beach trip that I look forward to the most. Thus, almost anything that delivers that sort of feeling, that sense of sunshine, sand, and ocean breezes, will grab and hold my attention. When that something is a car then each of these sensations is ratcheted up as I begin to think about those coastal drives. That is exactly the sort of sense I get from the car here. Some of that is due to the location in which it currently resides, but mostly it’s a combination of the color on a Cabriolet. It feels like the coast and a would surely make for a fantastic coast-road cruiser. Here we have a Lagoon Green Metallic 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in California, with 46,998 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
The BMW E46 3 series strikes a good balance between the more analog nature of its predecessors and the edgier, more advanced E90 3 series that replaced it in 2006. One feature that disappeared on the convertible model post-E46 was a canvas roof. While the new folding hardtops are certainly a wonder of technology that offer greater all-weather capability, there’s just something classic about a traditional ragtop. Not surprising, then, that a few Bimmerphiles I know have sought out clean, low mileage examples of the E46 convertible, eschewing the newer models. If you’re one of those folks who always wanted the icon of open-roofed BMW motoring, you won’t want to miss this 330Ci Convertible for sale from our friends at Euro Automotion in Oregon.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible at EuroAutomotion
As we begin to close out Convertible Week here at GCFSB, let’s take a look at an example from the very first year of the 911 Cabriolet. Porsche had experimented with an open-top 911 far earlier with the release of the Soft-window Targa. Those models allowed for both an open top and open rear window while integrating a fixed rollhoop. I’ve never thought the design looked right and, I guess unsurprisingly, the Soft-window Targa eventually gave way to the hard-window Targa with which we are all very familiar. For a number of years that was it. Due to their concerns over safety regulations rendering the full convertible obsolete, Porsche never committed to making a true Cabriolet until the 911SC was ending its model run, more than 15 years after they first introduced the Soft-window Targa. That makes those first Cabriolets somewhat special as not only were they the first 911 Cabriolet to be produced, but they also happen to be the only year they were produced as a 911SC. That second point holds less weight with most people, but for someone who might have a preference for the SC over the 3.2 Carrera, options for open-top motoring dwindle quite quickly. The example we see here, an Indischrot 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in California, with 45,205 miles on it appears aimed at the collector crowd (at least based on how it’s been priced), though for someone who might want to spend a bit of time driving their Cabriolet there is enough mileage here to retain much of the long-term value even with some additional mileage each year.