All posts tagged Cabriolet

Collecting in Miniature: Minichamps’ 1:43 range

Our feature on 1:18 scale model vehicles at the beginning of the month seemed rather popular, so we decided to follow up with another scale model post, albeit this time focusing on something even smaller: 1:43 scale. More specifically, 1:43 scale cars from Minichamps, who arguably have one of the most vast product portfolios and produce some of the most detailed cars in this scale.

Below are some of your 1:1 favorites as usual. If you don’t have a lot of space for 1:18 scale vehicles, these 1:43 models might be a good option, as they pack a lot of detail for the dollar. The holidays are right around the corner. These small cars would make the perfect gift for your favorite petrolhead.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW 507 by Minichamps on eBay

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To Force or Not To Force 2: 1993 968 Coupe and 1992 968 Cabriolet Supercharged

In my post from earlier today, I looked at the dilemma in my fictional enthusiast life; the Porsche 944 Turbo versus the 944S2. To throw a monkey wrench into that theoretical debate, there is of course the car that replaced the 944S2 – the 968. With updated styling, the addition of the Variocam variable valve timing and a 6th gear, the 968 is arguably one of the best front-engined water-cooled Porsches. Now with better fuel economy, modernized looks and 236 horsepower, it was really a match for the 944 Turbo. However, as I’ve covered before, most of the competition left it behind; in the marketplace, the 4 cylinder Porsche not only squared up against the V8 Corvette, but the refined trio of Japanese turbocharged cars in the RX-7, 300ZX Twin-turbo and Supra Turbo. If you just wanted performance, it was hard to argue that your money was best spent on the 968. However, a few decades on, the 968 is really starting to come into its own as a potential collector and is widely recognized as a great driver with classic Porsche attributes. Today, I have an interesting pair; a cheap 6-speed coupe and a supercharged cabriolet. Which would you choose?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 968 on eBay

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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – M491

Americans are somewhat used to performance cars not being available on our own shores even though they might be available elsewhere. In many cases there are no alternatives and we must simply live with this fact. Sometimes, however, the manufacturers make available a car that strives to fill this void. Such is the case with the car we see here, a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Florida, equipped with the M491 package. Referred to as the Turbo-look or Widebody Carrera these combined the standard 3.2 Carrera engine with the body, suspension, and braking of the 911 Turbo and offered buyers a 911 with some performance and appearance upgrades during a time when the Porsche 930 was unavailable within our market. Like most any other widebody Carrera, these were some of the best looking of the standard cars produced and have become quite sought after by enthusiasts and collectors alike.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – M491 on eBay

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1990 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Bel Air

While we only saw a few special edition Volkswagens in the 1980s – mostly Wolfsburg Editions – the amount of special edition VWs available in the European market was staggering. Whether it was a fashion designer or a tribute to a particular sport, it seemed there was a trim package for just about every taste. This particular one, a Cabriolet Bel Air, is one that I haven’t seen before. These Bel Airs were available in three colors, Diamond Silver, Ruby Red or the Blue Pearl we see here, all with color matched Avus wheels and color matched trim. This low mileage example is for sale by the same dealer in Germany that had the BMW L7 we featured last month.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

As the model that brought the 911 into the future, the 3.2 Carrera is one of the most important models Porsche produced. Compelling arguments certainly could be made for its predecessor, the 911SC, as well, but either is an excellent choice. The 911s of the mid-70s were relatively disappointing. Redesigned with impact bumpers and engines choked by emissions equipment, there were definite questions to be asked about the direction of the car. The SC came along and breathed new life into the model, but Porsche still questioned the long-term viability of the car, viewing the 928 as its model for the future. As the SC neared the end of its model run the Porsche brass had either to commit to the 911 or invest in other models. Obviously, they committed to the car, the 3.2 Carrera was produced and the 911’s future was secure once again. These are fantastic cars that have seen a serious uptick in value over the past year and examples like the one we see here, a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with only 26,529 miles, are becoming extremely hard to find. This comes from the last year of 3.2 Carrera production just as Porsche was introducing its new model: the fully redesigned 964. As the last of the classic 911s, these are sure to remain well loved and should make for excellent investments.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

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