1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

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Every now and then, I spot a black W124 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet tooling around the neighborhood. These days, this is a car that sticks out. It doesn’t necessarily look vintage, but has a crisp, stately appearance that is sadly lacking in most new vehicles these days. As we move further towards vehicles with all kinds of computer assistance and, dare I say it, self-driving cars, it’s nice to look back two decades and find a car like this with classic style mixed in with modern convenience. This 1995 E320 Cabriolet for sale in New York represents the final year for the W124 and this one is mint, showing almost 30,000 miles on the odometer.

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Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

A couple weeks ago I wrote a sort of ode to purple as an exterior color in regard to an Aubergine 911T. Here we have another purple 911 and while Amaranth Violet doesn’t quite possess the same elegance and beauty as Aubergine it is probably an even more rare choice among the models of any marque. Like Aubergine, this color doesn’t hide its purple, in fact it’s even more upfront about it and wouldn’t be mistaken for any other color. For some that in itself might be an issue, but it kind of works on the 993 in a way that I think it would not on earlier 911s. Regardless, owners of these cars are likely to very rarely, if ever, come across another one. We certainly can’t decry its uniqueness. Here we have an Amaranth Violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Texas, with 81,088 miles on it.

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Feature Listing: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

Feature Listing: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

Having just returned from a much needed trip to the coast, seeing this Cabriolet come our way seems like perfect timing. What better way to enjoy the sights, smell, and feel of that ocean environment than through some open-top motoring? The 964 Cabriolet is a rarer sight to behold than some other models, especially among the more modern water-cooled 911s where the Cabriolet appears to have become increasingly popular. Though I see them come around for sale fairly often I almost never see one on the roads. Some of that, of course, is due to their age as seeing a 964 of any variety on the road is a rare treat. But still the Cabriolet is fleeting. As I believe I’ve mentioned previously, when looking for some open-top fun, why sacrifice motoring pleasure just because the roof has been removed? There are plenty of enjoyable options among the truly wonderful machines Porsche has produced. The example here comes to us from Encore Motors: a Triple Black 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet with 58,800 miles and a rare rear seat delete option.

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

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I was pleased to see Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car prominently featured the transaxle Porsches in their latest issue. These are sports cars which are finally getting their day both in the Porsche and general collector circles. With increased respect comes an increase in values, of course. However, many of these cars are still within reach of the more modest collector, such as this 968 Cabriolet for sale in New Jersey. With well over 100,000 miles, you wouldn’t have to worry about using this Porsche as intended. Tired of the usual 911 Cabriolet? This might be the cure.

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1997 Audi Cabriolet

1997 Audi Cabriolet

For enthusiasts, the removal of the Coupe Quattro – even if it was a bit slower and softer than it could have been – and replacement with a front-drive, automatic-only convertible was a bit of a sad commentary. But it looked pretty nice, keeping the Coupe’s profile and opening the top on Audi’s foray into convertibles. Audi sold a little over 1,000 per a year for the end of the B4 run, extending the life of the model to an impressive 13 years into 1998. End of the run Cabriolet models also offered some sport options including rarely seen seats and more often sported 16″ Votex/Ronal wheels, such as this ’97 wears:

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

It’s been hot. But as we slip past the mid-point of August cooler temperatures are on the way and some of the best days for open-top motoring are on the horizon. So why not begin investigating those options? Cars like the 911, with their strong sporting pedigree, aren’t always the most likely choices for convertibles, but that open-top experience has been a part of the Porsche lineup since nearly the beginning. And why feel like you have to drive something boring just because you want the wind in your hair and sun on your face? The first 911 Cabriolet was released in 1983 and they’ve been a consistent presence in the lineup ever since. The one we see here also combined some new technology in the guise of Porsche’s all-wheel drive system. This certainly wouldn’t be your most sporting 911 available, but its 911 DNA will insure in makes for a captivating drive. Here we have a Black 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, located in California, with Grey leather interior and 71,610 miles on it.

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1993 BMW 318i Baur TC4

1993 BMW 318i Baur TC4

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We’ve reached a point where the BMW E36 has probably dipped about as low as it will go in terms of value, with exception of some mint M3s on the upward tick and the exclusive M3 Lightweight. Most of us are familiar with all the different models of this range, including some of those which did not make it to US shores, like the Touring. This 318i Baur TC4, however, is a different proposition altogether. The relationship between BMW and Baur goes back a ways. Baur is a coachbuilder based in Stuttgart, Germany that has been collaborating on BMW convertibles since the 1930s. Their targa variants of the E21 and E30 3 series helped them gain notoriety, but they didn’t stop there. When the E36 3 series debuted in the early 1990s, Baur decided to try something different.

What you see here is a rarity amongst modern day automobiles, the four-door cabriolet. From the side profile, you’d be hard pressed to figure out this was a convertible of some sort, with fixed door frames and a canvas roof which would fold discreetly behind the rear seats. This 318i Baur TC4 is claimed to be the first on US shores. While it wouldn’t be an easy claim to verify, it is probably valid, as a little over 300 of these unique open-roofed sedans were made.

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1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

Contrasts: they don’t always work, but when they do they create something that is much more interesting than the norm. I think we see this a lot with modified cars where contrasts in style become much more prevalent. With factory cars these contrasts usually come about through color combinations between the interior and exterior, but even more so when those colors appear to contrast with the ethos of the car itself. That is what we have here. The 930 needs little introduction. As Porsche’s turbocharged rear-engine Goliath it provided rewards to those able to master its dynamics and treachery to those who could not. Subtle is probably the last adjective that might be used about it. In neither appearance nor performance is it anything approaching subtle. Cassis Red Metallic seems a near opposite. A color that is both vibrant and also soft that may even suggest playfulness. It’s beautiful in a way that belies the nature of the 930. When combined we get a stark contrast, one that has been found on many Porsches before and after it and which remains one of my favorite hallmarks of the brand. Does it work? That will be up to individual buyers. But it’s about as far from triple black – the über aggressive alternative – that we can get.

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1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet

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In the last few years, the Mercedes-Benz lineup has grown substantially. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the S-class Cabriolet. While the myriad of SUVs that Mercedes sells are responses to growing trends in the marketplace, the S-class Cabriolet is a revival of an old theme, the car you see here: the 280SE Cabriolet. The 280SE Coupe and Cabriolet were the swan song of the W111 chassis, with production of the 3.5 V8 variant lasting through the summer of 1971. This restored 1970 280SE Cabriolet for sale in Chicago is fitted with a 4-speed manual gearbox, an option not often seen on these grand tourers.

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I don’t usually go out of my way to feature a 911 with Tiptronic, but for whatever reason this 993 really got my attention and more or less seems like just the sort of air-cooled 911 one might look for if a Tiptronic actually was desired. The 993 itself has always struck me as a particularly elegant design within the air cooled world. Some of the more aggressive edges of earlier 911s have been smoothed and the curves accentuated. The color combination of this particular 993 further enhances that elegant look. Add to that the very fact that this is a Cabriolet and I think you have the recipe for a 911 cruiser where an automatic might be preferred. Here we have a Forest Green Metallic 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Nashville, with Red leather interior and 58,279 miles on it.

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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Transporting the ’70s into the late-80s sometimes results in something a little disjointed. Even only a decade on items that were once loved now no longer are seen in that same light. The 911 we see here may fit into just such a category. Here we have a Cognac Brown Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Oregon, with Cashmere leather interior and 68,400 miles on it. Porsche has offered a variety of shades of brown for their cars throughout most of the marque’s existence, but we tend to see them most frequently in the late-70s to early-80s. Those seem to be the years when such natural tones predominated. In recent years, I’ve begun to notice some of these colors making a resurgence, especially among the darker shades, but still a lighter metallic brown like the one we see here remains pretty uncommon on the roads these days. To be honest these aren’t the most dynamic of colors but in the right light they do look good. And, of course, for those that are a fan the lack of love usually results in a lower cost of entry.

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1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

This is a first: I have never seen this color on any Porsche let alone a 911. Here we have an Apricot Beige 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet, located in Cleveland, with Mahogany leather interior and just 21,575 miles on it. Apricot Beige was only offered for two years and this is the only year it would have been available on the 930. So we have a final-year 930, meaning it has the 5-speed transmission rather than the 4-speed the 930 had borne for its entire existence, and a rare exterior color only available during that final year. While the color isn’t likely to garner the widest appeal since its fairly obscure and doesn’t fit into most people’s typical preferences, the combination of these details should draw attention. I think that this is a Cabriolet actually helps this color as the contrast with the interior stands out more and on a Coupe I don’t know if it would look quite as good. It certainly would fit the personality of the 930 even less so than it does here.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Cabriolet

Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Cabriolet

There are days when I look at my Audi Coupe GT and think I did it all wrong. I stripped it out, made it hot and uncomfortable; too loud, too stiff, too track biased. It’s fun to drive in short bursts when it’s not hot, or cold, or raining, but there’s a bit of regret that I’m not able to drive and enjoy it more regularly. And it’s too black – it looks fantastic when it’s briefly clean, but every single scratch, nick, and scuff stand out like pimples on a teenager’s face before prom. But, you’d say, it’s a lowly Audi Coupe. Most people don’t even know what they are, and even 95% of those who do wouldn’t care if I made it however I wanted it to be. But what if I had a bigger budget? And, what if I was even more crazy?

I might have made something like this 911. It started life as a ’87 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Maybe. But then someone had an idea, a lot of drugs, and even more money. The result is an absolutely crazy 935-inspired 911 Turbo Slantnose Cabriolet that is so wildly awesome and horrible at the same time you’ll never unsee it:

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2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

RS4Cab1In 2008, if you had a lot of money to spend and wanted a powerful convertible with seats for four, chances are you bought an M3. But if you wanted to stand out a bit, the RS4 Cabriolet offered an interesting alternative, with ownership of one of these cars putting you in a very exclusive club. Available only for the 2008 model year, Audi imported a mere 300 examples to the US and they were priced accordingly: an astounding $85,000 when new. For your money you got loud and aggressive, wide-boy styling, grippy all wheel drive, a six speed manual gearbox and a power soft-top to fold away so that you could hear the burble produced by the wonderful 420 hp 4.2 liter V-8. True, they were not as composed as the extraordinary RS4 sedan, but if you were in the market for a convertible you probably didn’t mind, since all convertibles are by nature compromised versions of their solid-roof counterparts.

These days, there are usually one or two RS4 cabriolets on the market at any given time and, owing to the god of depreciation, they can be had for around half their original asking price.

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1939 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabriolet

1939 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabriolet

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We don’t see a ton of pre-war Mercedes featured on this site, but when you do it’s something you might find on the 18th green of Pebble Beach. Not today with this 1939 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabriolet located in North Carolina. About a year ago Paul featured the brother of this car, a 1935 V170 from the same seller. This W136 cabrio can still give you pre-war Mercedes lure without the seven-figure price tag.