I’ve been on a little bit of a convertible kick this week – probably just wistfully imagining summer weather before winter fully arrives. Why not continue the trend with this Black on Black 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, located in Florida, with 52,526 miles on it and the very desirable 6-speed manual transmission. The 997 sits in a really nice spot on the market these days, especially when considering these earlier examples. Porsche listened to many of the complaints regarding the 996’s design, particularly with regard to the headlights, and with the 997 we have a shape that is unmistakably a 911 when viewed from any angle. Admittedly, the 997 is not as curvy and sexy as the 993; on the 997 the lines have been smoothed and refined, but even if it doesn’t have the pure beauty of the 993 we’re a long way from the classic design. That’s not a knock on the classic design, but next to these modern 911s it is clear from which era each came. Add to the refined shape a 3.8 liter flat-six delivering 355 hp through a 6-speed transmission and you get a potent mix of performance and allure, but all for a price that is much lower. I would suspect given its asking price that this Carrera S would likely sell for less than the ’87 Carrera Cabriolet I featured on Monday. There are very good reasons for those price differences, but if you’re looking to drive the darn thing then the bang for your buck here is undeniable.
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It is getting increasingly difficult to find reasonable values on the air-cooled 911 market and in some cases that requires we stretch our meaning of the term reasonable. Many would probably say we are long past the time when reasonable value could be found. When viewed strictly from a straight line performance standpoint there is some truth to that, but driving always has been about more than horsepower so I think we can still find options that connect and exhilarate. For many the appeal of open-top motoring only enhances the joy of driving so even though much of the country is rapidly slipping into the winter months we should still give a good Cabriolet our due consideration. I don’t know whether this one will end up as a reasonable value; at its current bidding it certainly qualifies as one, but as we saw last week asking prices have begun to get a little crazy for the 3.2 Carrera. But the mileage here isn’t ultra low so perhaps everything will come together nicely for what looks to be a good example of an early 911 Cabriolet. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Michigan, with Burgundy interior and around 75K miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
It’s pretty remarkable that over a four year production span, just under 13,000 Porsche 968s were ever produced. You would think such a well-balanced, good looking sports coupe would have been more popular, but the limited production is a part of the 968s appeal these days, adding to its collectability for those looking for a less expensive air-cooled 911 option. With the introduction of the 944S2 Cabriolet in 1990, open-air flexibility was added to the equation; a tradition the 968 carried on with the car we see here, the 968 Cabriolet. This example for sale in New Jersey has just 53,000 miles on the clock and is equipped with the more desirable 6-speed manual.
Click for details: 1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on eBay
I have to admit, I’m not normally drawn to trucks or even cars that masquerade as trucks. You know that expression ‘It’s a Jeep thing, you wouldn’t understand!’? They’re right. I don’t understand. They’re loud, uncomfortable, hugely unreliable, rust quickly and accelerate slowly. They get horrible fuel mileage, launch their occupants out when they crash, and aren’t really particularly attractive. And I’m pretty thankful that I’m married to a woman who generally agrees with me when it comes to these things. That’s why I was particularly surprised when she rather unceremoniously announced that she’d be happy to drive around in a Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. The surprise was doubled because in spite of my claims above, the G-wagen is something I love too.
For the last few decades, the G models have remained effective unchanged. While models like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota FJ-Cruiser have tried re-imagined retro-rough styling, the Geländewagen marches on as an unapologetic Dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period. Sure, it’s been updated with swanky interiors and more modern electronics and engines. Indeed, you can get some pretty nutter supercharged models if you need to pummel trails that much more quickly. And the Geländewagen has opened up into a new crowd who doesn’t hit the trails, but fits large wheels and blacks out everything. It is one of the few mass appeal, truly do-anything vehicles ever produced. There are plenty of models to choose from, but the ones that always capture my attention are the rare Cabriolets such as this 2000 G500:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabriolet at Sun Valley Autos
I have to admit, I really don’t get fast convertibles. You could argue that the top down lets you hear the roar of the exhaust, I suppose. Or you could suggest that the faster the acceleration and higher the top speed, the more alive you feel as the wind rushes through your hair. It’s not that I don’t think certain fast convertibles aren’t attractive, mind you, or appealing in their own way. And some modern convertibles are downright amazing in their ability to channel the blowing atmosphere away from you. But in all honesty, once you’re above highway speeds, the expensive radio and million plus horsepower are lost upon me, obscured in a veil of churning oxygen, nitrogen, and other trace elements. Perhaps I’m in the minority and it could have to do with the not-always awesome New England weather, but I’d prefer a sunroof coupe in most applications – with some notable vintage exceptions like pre-War cars and Pagoda SLs. Of course, I suppose if you argued that you weren’t going to break the speed limit (okay, but not by much…) or head to the track, then the convertible arrangement offers you plenty of speed in for your driving pleasure and the thrill of the open-air experience. Want to know what it felt like to be the Red Baron, for example? This Ruf BTR3 Cabriolet could sure help: