Touched by an Angel: 1998 Audi Cabriolet

Saying that you like the Audi Cabriolet is like saying you thought Jar Jar Binks was the best developed character in the Star Wars pre-boot.

Put aside the typical top-down motoring bias and stereotype. There were more reasons to single out the Cabriolet. They were soft. They came to the U.S. in automatic only. They were powered exclusively by the yawn-a-minute 2.8 V6. Inherently it’s not a bad motor, and it had more punch than the inline-5s did (barely). But inspired it’s not. And to top it all off? Perhaps that could have been remedied if they were available with quattro, right? No, FrontTrak only. That was Audi’s lame attempt to make the basic front-drivers sound like they had some cool system. Nope, this was a one-wheel drive wonder. So that’s lame-on-lame action when you’re considering an Audi.

So this is Rocky V, or The Sum of All Fears, or that horrible ninth season of the X-Files. But I have a guilty pleasure. No, I still haven’t watched ‘X-hibit C’ above because why on Earth would I do that? But I do really like the Audi Cabriolet. I can logically admit its many shortcomings, and yet every time I see one I’m drawn to the shape. To me, it’s just a pretty car, even if I can’t fully describe why it’s a pretty car. But above and beyond my visual stimulation, this particular listing has some fun stuff to go along with it and is worth the click alone:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

Feature Listing: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

At the end of my post yesterday of a Carrera Targa Supersport I mentioned that the asking price was such that you could pretty easily find yourself an actual Porsche 930 in very nice condition for less money. Lo and behold we just so happened to receive this 930 for a feature and I think it does a pretty good job of demonstrating what I discussed with the Targa Supersport. I fully admit it’s an apples to oranges comparison (different market, different model, different mileage, etc.), it just struck me as nice and timely.

Anyway, let’s get to it:

Here we have a Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 64,500 miles on it. An ’89 930 always gets our attention. As the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission these are incredibly desirable and when one is in good condition it’s always worth further investigation. This one even has a very subtle and unique attribute: Porsche script cloth seat inserts. The first I’ve seen!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet at Auto Kennel

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 64,500 mi
Price: $124,990

1989 Porsche 930 911 Turbo Cabriolet
G50/50 5-Speed Gearbox/Limited Slip Diff.

1 of 600 Built for North America

Past PCA President Owner

1-Owner for 23-Years
Stock #0827

VIN: WP0EB0938KS070124

ENG# 68K00178 (930/68)

Numbers Matching

64,500 Original Miles

Grand Prix White on Blue Leather & Porsche Cloth with Dark Blue Top
5-speed G50/50 Manual Transmission
Clean and Clear Arizona Title
No Accidents/Mostly Original Paint
2-Southwest Owners from New
Past PCA President Owned
Clean AutoCheck Background Report
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
Offered at $124,990
More and more enthusiasts are beginning to see not only what wonderful cars the 930s are to drive, but also how important they are to the history of the 911.

1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet with 23,000 Miles

There are some obvious links to yesterday’s ’86 Golf in this 1990 Cabriolet. Beyond both being Volkswagens and based upon the Golf platform, they both have low mileage. Above and beyond that, they’re also both the base models of the lineup for their respective year.

In 1990, the Cabriolet was broken into three trim levels; base Cabriolet, the “Best Seller” we looked at recently, and the triple white “Boutique” model at the top. All shared the basic underpinnings with the 94 horsepower Digifant 2H 1.8 liter inline-4 and 5-speed AUG (010 3-speed automatic was optional) and 9.4″ front vented rotors and rear drums. The only differences came in the Boutique’s leather interior and wheel options; the Best Seller having the teardrop 14″ alloys in all silver, while the Boutique’s insets were color-matched white. You could also opt for package P24 in the Best Seller, which gave you both air conditioning and cruise control. Option package P60 in the normal Cabriolet only got you the first option – outside of color, the only selection you could make for the 1990 model year to the base model. In place of 14″ alloys, you instead got 14″ steel wheels with trim rings shared with the 1990-1992 Jetta.

But just because this model isn’t a higher-specification model doesn’t make it desirable, because here condition, color and mileage trump all other considerations:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Cabriolet

Back in the 1980s when the world was running rampant with small tuning and coach building companies, we were subject to creations like today’s car. This a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD … cabriolet. Yes, someone took a perfectly fine 300CD and chopped the roof off to fully expose you to the wonderful feel and aroma of diesel exhaust. But it was the 1980s and the money was never-ending, so doing things like this made sense at the time. Now that reality has hit us square in the face in 2017 and keeps on punching, we are still left to live with creations like this. Of course with something like this oddity, I have so many questions I can only try my best to explain – poorly.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Cabriolet on Hemmings

Year: 1982
Model: 300CD Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,235 mi
Price: $80,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Cabrio, RARE RARE (One of Five produced) I am 2nd owner / all Books/Records / Boca/Palm Beach (35 year History), Full Navy Leather w/Power top & COLD A/C / 35 mpg / $80k obo/trade. John, 561-818-1900, FL; biondo-palmbeach.com

The condition of the 300CD is actually pretty nice. Looks to be well looked after with no major visible flaws. Sure, it maybe or maybe not has a Nardi steering wheel and maybe that shift knob is a quality piece and not an eBay special. But I’ve seen stuff like this many times over. The white wall tires look odd even with the matching white paint as I’m a firm believer that white walls only belong on the W100 600 and even then I’m iffy on them. I just can’t get over the canvas top and what went into making this happen. A bunch of coachwork houses have done these conversions but none have really stood the test of time or functioned all that well and I’d bet this one is another one of those examples.…

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

It’s summer, which means plenty of warmth, plenty of sunshine, and plenty of outdoor activities. All of that is great. In my part of the world it also means plenty of humidity and the best way to counter humidity is airflow. Fans and breezes definitely are the order of the day. And on a car what better what to increase air flow than by removing the top!

With these things in mind I present this very pretty Venetian Blue Metallic 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Georgia, with Marina Blue interior and 71,555 miles on it. This color combination is a really attractive one and has a very summer feel about it with its mix of blues. And, of course, the top comes down allowing you to better enjoy that warm weather.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1984
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 71,555 mi
Price: $45,900 Buy It Now

1984 Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

Vin WP0EB0913ES170666.

71,555 Miles.

Venetian Blue.

Marina Blue Leather Interior.

Clean Carfax.

Books, Manuals, 2 keys, Tonneau Cover, Tools, Spare and a Jack.

This great looking 3.2-liter Cabriolet comes in a very appealing Venetian Blue on Marina Blue Leather Interior.

Both the exterior and interior are in a superb condition, and the car glistens on the road!

Mechanically, the car is very solid. The 3.2-litre engine has great output and pulls strong like a Porsche motor should. The 915 gearbox does not miss a beat and the synchros in every gear feel good. The clutch engages properly and does not stick. The car handles excellent, and the brakes stop straight and true. The Fuchs wheels have been reconditioned, and are fitted with brand new Sumitomo HTR A/S tires.

1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

I’m not going to belabor the point with this post. I just think this car is beautiful; I’m very taken by it and it looks like a wonderful example of the breed. I’ve always found the 356 Cabriolet to be a particularly pretty car and this one fits that bill perfectly. The 356 itself is a simple, yet elegant, piece of machinery and when paired with an open roof possesses all of the vintage charm that I desire. This isn’t really about performance so much as the enjoy of the drive; the melding of aesthetic pleasures to bring about a sense of tranquility.

Here we have the fantastic combination of Bali Blue on Tan showcased on a 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet. It has been fully restored, is stated to be matching numbers (with supporting CoA), and had 79K miles prior to its restoration, completed in 2014.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1960
Model: 356B Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet

All Matching Numbers Factory Super 90

California Car

In Storage for 20+ years

Two Tops

3 Year Comprehensive Restoration Finished Fall 2014

Offered at Cooper Classics is this rare and stunning 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet. This car is all numbers matching with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The car has just received a comprehensive 3 Year restoration that was finished in the fall of 2014. The car has spent its entire life in California and 20 years in storage. The car has driven roughly 600 miles since restoration completion and is in like new condition. The car was restored to the stunning color of Bali Blue over Tan leather interior.

1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet

The first water-cooled entrant into the Volkswagen world had remarkable staying power, just like its air-cooled brethren had before it. Construction of the first models began back in 1974, and though the convertible version didn’t begin production until five years later, the renamed (but largely unchanged) Cabriolet wouldn’t wrap up production until an amazing 1993. Granted, by that point the Cabriolet was more niche model and nostalgic throwback than practical transportation, but nonetheless it was an impressive return on investment in the chassis design that 19 years later it was still being produced. And, if you want to count the reworked South African version, technically the Mk.1 was still available for sale until 2009!

What we have here is one of the later U.S. specification Cabriolets. In 1988, Volkswagen updated the look of the aging model (which, incidentally, had just been lightly refreshed in 1985 and renamed Cabriolet from Rabbit Convertible) to the “Clipper” models. Signature would become the four-headlight grill, deeper and smoother front fascia, wider fender flares and side skirts. The Cabriolet became the first Volkswagen model to sport an airbag as standard in 1990, too, as well as a new knee protection bar to the lower portion of the dashboard. 1990 also marked the change from the ex-GTI CIS motor to the Digifant electronic fuel injection. The more upscale models, like this “Best Seller”, also received the 16V model “Teardrop” alloys making for a slick looking package:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Best Seller on eBay

1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with 1,313 miles

Ah, the price you pay for low mileage. I come across a lot of cars with seemingly outrageous price tags. Most are good for a chuckle and then I move on to the next car. Some are just confusing. Others make me pause and wonder. Those are usually the cars actually possessing a reason for that high price. In every case, however, they are something to check out just to figure out what is going on. The situation with this car, a 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet with a mere 1,313 miles on the clock, is a straightforward confluence of features. Ultra-low mileage, final-year of the 930, and the only year the 930 came equipped with a 5-speed transmission. It even comes in a nice color, though not one that is especially rare. The question is not whether a high price is warranted, but rather how high a price. Perhaps here we’ll find out.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 1,313 mi
Price: $329,930 Buy It Now

ULTRA LOW MILES

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As we’ve all become aware, the air-cooled 911 market is not what it used to be. However, there has been some evidence that very rare and/or low-mileage examples have been spared from the market’s recession. But even those cars aren’t hitting insane prices so I do wonder whether this one will have a shot. So about this one. Let’s assume the appropriate documentation exists to validate the mileage and other aspects of its history. Without that the price has no chance. Last year this car was bid to $275K when on auction at Mecum Monterey. That’s still a good bit away from this asking price and with the market cooling I don’t know if we can expect more.…

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I’ve been on quite a run of 3.2 Carreras lately and for whatever reason it seems like almost all of them have been from the ’88 model year. I don’t know why that is. I can’t recall any recent sales of an ’88 that would draw other owners out of the woodwork to try and sell their ’88 911 as well. Even if that were the case I’d still expect just as many ’87s and probably even ’89s to pop up. Anyway, here we are and here we have another ’88, this time a Carrera Cabriolet and it’s parked next to the ocean, which means it will draw my attention immediately. We are well within the warmer months so this is as good a time as any to pick up a nice Cabriolet for summer top-down enjoyment. This one here is from the lower mileage portion of the spectrum so it won’t likely come at quite as reasonable a value as some of the others available, but with the market seemingly overflowing with ’88 Carreras perhaps one like this can be had for a little lower cost. It’s certainly worth a shot.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,530 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Goodman Reed Motorcars

805-202-4557

Please Note: The car was initially photographed prior to having a beautifully refurbished and correct steering wheel installed, which can now be seen in the interior photographs. The correct shift knob has also been ordered and will be installed prior to delivery.

Offered for sale is an exceptionally clean and mechanically strong 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with 57k documented miles from new. Finished in striking and timeless Marine Blue Metallic over a Linen leather interior, the car is as mechanically sound as it is beautiful, a strong original example that comes with its books and manuals (including the stamped service booklet) and a clean CARFAX report documenting the car’s mileage history.

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – M491

The M491-equipped Carreras of the mid-80s are some of my favorite 911s to come across. They combine the aesthetics, suspension, and braking of the Turbo with the stout and reliable engine of the standard 3.2 Carrera. Not everyone wants a turbocharged 911, but some do prefer those other features. Of perhaps even greater appeal are those rare Carreras that combine the M491 package with the M470 front/rear spoiler delete option. That combination makes for one of the best looking 911s around. We almost never see one for sale.

However, these Turbo-look 911s find themselves in a difficult place in the market. 930 prices have come down for driver-quality examples and now are inching increasingly closer to the higher values of the M491 cars. At some point, the extra thrust of the Turbo might simply become too appealing. For collectors, the math is slightly changed as an M491 Carrera is more rare than those 930s and perhaps could make for a better long term option. Here we’ll take a look at one whose asking price falls squarely within that 930 range: a White Gold Metallic 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, located in Tennessee, with Tobacco interior and 84,766 miles on it.

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

Year: 1986
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 84,766 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($78,800 Buy It Now)

This gorgeous two owner factory M491 car is all it appears to be! The car comes with the original window sticker with a $53329.00 MSRP,$10248 was the charge for the 930 Performance body/chassis (M491).The car is as stunning in person as it appears in the pictures.The car has been well looked after with well documented services.The top is as new,the interior is better than pictures reflect with tight leather seats,void of cuts,scratches,or splits.The carpets are as new,the wheels are void of scratches and curb rash.The tires are a fresh set of Retro Bridgestone Potenzas.The car runs and drives as a well serviced Carrera should drive,nice deep throaty sound,tight suspension,good clutch and brakes.Review the 70 pictures posted,if you like the pictures,you will love the car.The color and body combo is so beautiful I could not stop taking pictures and yet I still did not capture how handsome this car is.The car is located in the Nashville Tn metro area,independent inspections are welcomed and encouraged.There will be an additional $99 assessed to the sale price for dealer doc fees.This and other European collectibles may be reviewed at JPFRAZIER.com.You may reach me at 615-971-4409

As far as presentation goes this Carrera Cabriolet performs quite well.…