1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet

After a production hiatus from the early 1970s on, Mercedes-Benz tried its hand once again at a four place convertible with the introduction of the E class cabriolet in 1991. When the 300CE cabriolet arrived in the US, it cost a staggering $76,500 in 1993 money. For this, you got a 24 valve, 217 horsepower inline six cylinder mill mated to a four speed automatic transmission and an innovative roll bar that consisted of two headrests that extended out at .03 seconds in the event of a roll over. There when you need them, hidden when you don’t. This 1993 300CE represents the first year this open top E class went on sale in the US and has a distinctly nautical feel about it in white with a blue canvas convertible top.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet on eBay

1993 Mercedes 300CE with only actual 52800 actual miles. This car has been very well cared for. Everything works as it should. There are no dents or dings. It just finished a 1500 mile trip with no problems whatsoever. These cars are very rare and finding one in this condition is
very hard to do. You can fly into OKC and we will pick you up and you can drive it home. It gets a lot of attention and is very fun to drive.

While some may prefer the later model W124 with its flush mounted grill and updated headlamps, I don’t particularly mind the earlier look of this 1993 model. Present day, these W124 cabriolets bring strong money. You’ll have no trouble finding a good example of a 300CE/E320 with under 50,000 miles in good condition, but be prepared to shell out good money for one. Anywhere between $17,000 to $25,000 will net you a very clean driver with mileage anywhere from 40,000 to 70,000 on average.…

Theme Week: 1998 Audi Cabriolet

The Audi Cabriolet was a rather unremarkable vehicle in the history of Audi, but nonetheless one worth highlighting. Seemingly as generic as its name implies, the Cabriolet was based on the B3 chassis, which was introduced in 1987 and featured design language that would carry Audi into the next century. Sold in some markets until 2000, this 1998 example represents the last year the Cabriolet was sold new in the US market. With its 172 horsepower, 2.7 liter V6 engine mated to a four speed automatic, it never set the world on fire with performance, but it struck a restrained, handsome pose. Even though Princess Diana sported one for a while in the 1990s, few people stateside took notice of Audi’s open roofed offering, opting for more exciting versions from companies like Saab and BMW at the time. As a result, these open roofed Audis can be had for not much cash, this example for sale in Long Island being one of them.

1998 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

1998 Audi Cabriolet VIN# WAUAA88G4WN001789 Black/Tan. This a very rare super clean Audi Cabriolet with only 86k original miles. The car runs, drives and looks great. Plus it has a Power Soft Top, Leather, Wood Trim, Premium Package and more. And we just serviced (for over $1,300) the car so it’s ready to go for the summer!

I have a soft spot for the Audi Cabriolet, which most likely comes from my attraction to obscure automobiles. Most of these Cabriolets have been driven hard or scrapped by now, so it’s nice to see a clean one like this surface. While it’s missing the Audi badge on the trunk, everything else looks pretty tidy. I’d say almost $6,000 is pushing it in terms of value. About $1,000 to $1,500 less would be just about right.…

1990 Porsche 944 Cabriolet

The last 944 we featured sold almost as fast as I posted it. No surprise, given that car’s pedigree and price. Enthusiasts seem to be waking up to the fact that the 944 is a great way of easing into the realm of Porsche ownership. One of our readers, Paul, mentioned he was on the hunt for a red 944 Cabriolet and coincidentally, I stumbled across one this evening. This is possibly one of the lowest mileage examples you’ll ever find. I was always a bigger fan of the hardtop, but this cabriolet in red with a pristine black leather interior and the all important 5-speed manual gearbox is a stunning example of a uncommon al fresco Porsche motoring.

1990 Porsche 944 Cabriolet on AutoTrader

If you’re looking for a time-machine 944 Cab to drive and enjoy, this is your car. I am the second owner and it’s my fourth 944. I’ve only owned the car for a short time – the original owner had it until the end of February 2012. There’s no such thing as a perfect used car (run screaming from anyone who says their used car is perfect), but this car looks and performs just as one would expect of a lovingly owned 22 year old Porsche with 12k miles. The body is straight as a pin, the paint looks fantastic, the CarFax and AutoCheck are clean, and I can find no evidence of paintwork.

I just performed a timing belt service on the car and installed a new Porsche battery, the Dunlop tires have so few miles that they still have the factory paint in the tread grooves. It’s bone stock – no mods. Cosmetically, it has a handful of tiny chips, there’s some light scuffing at the bottom of the front bumper cover, and some stitching on the passenger seat has unraveled in the place it always does on 944s.

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The last air-cooled 911, known internally as the 993, is revered amongst the Porsche faithful. This generation had its run while the sun was setting on the front engined Porsche 968 and 928 and the mid-engined Boxster was being introduced. A variety of improvements were made over the previous generation, the 964, most notably a new look, accentuated by headlights slanted at a steeper angle for better aerodynamics and a sleeker rear end. Underneath was a new multi-arm suspension in the rear. Along with a wider track, handling was greatly improved. The 3.6 liter flat six cylinder engine now produced 270 horsepower and was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Just in time for summer, our reader Joshua forwarded us his Aventurine Green 993 Cabriolet for sale via a broker in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I am the second owner and have all records from new. Just before putting the car up for sale the brakes – genuine Porsche pads and rotors – have been replaced front and rear as well as the steering rack. A lightweight flywheel and new clutch were installed about 10k ago, along with rebuilt top end and new pistons and cylinders (due to oil loss from bad valve guides). 60k service items taken care of at time of motor work. About 15k on new Bilstein shocks and euro Porsche sport springs and sway bars. Car is well cared for, with attention to detail, such as worn carpet replaced and recent engine lid shocks. Top shows some wear, but is water tight.

The 993 is one of the most highly prized 911s these days, no doubt in part to the lukewarm reception its successor, the 996, received upon its arrival in 1998. Like the BMW M Roadster we featured last week, this color combination may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the deep blue green accented by red leather does it for me.…

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Following on to the E320 Estate we featured not long ago, here’s that car’s open roofed sibling, the E320 Cabriolet. With exception of the 500E/E500 which was sold from 1992-1994 in the US, this particular W124 variant is the Mercedes that holds its value best of that mid 1990s era. Even comparable SLs have a hard time bringing the same kind of numbers. This particular car for sale in Georgia is unreal. It appears to have been stashed away in a collection, racking up just under 6,000 miles. While it’s fairly easy to find these cars with around 20,000 to 30,000 miles, I’ve seen very few under the 10,000 mark. This, then, is quite the unique opportunity.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

A 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with only 5k miles. This beautiful E320 is Imperial Red over Parchment hides. This hand crafted W124 Mercedes is in museum collector condition. The paint is perfect, no chips or scratches and all original. The wheels are perfect and have never been repaired or painted. The interior is flawless with no wear. The tires are completely brand new including the spare. The spare was replaced with a new tire as well due to time. All the service is up to date including a brand new battery. This stunning cabriolet is a one owner vehicle and was purchased new on September 6, 1995 by the original owner and then later transferred ownership to his spouse. All paperwork including original MSO from 1995 comes with the vehicle. It is mechanically sound and would be great for a collection or daily driver. This E320 is the finest example of all original E320 we have ever seen.

This car transports me right back to 1995. The engine bay is spotless, there is no visible wear on the seats or leather wrapped steering wheel and the paint has such depth it looks like you could dive right in.…

I’ve Got The Itch: 1996 Porsche 993 Cabriolet For Sale

I have had this thing going on in the back of my head, my wife calls it “the voices.”  Well they have been strong and they want another Porsche.  I am guessing it is a 993, preferably a soft top, you know because Oregonians get so much sun.  Something a little like this…

1996 Porsche 993 Cabriolet:

From the seller –

“Stunning 1996 993 Convertible Low miles, Rebuilt Engine less than 1K miles ago, Rare Color combo.

Very nice paint and super clean Chestnut Brown Interior.

Beautiful 1996 Porsche 993 911 C2 Convertible. Polar Silver metallic with Chestnut Brown leather interior. Only 77,XXX original miles. 6 Speed manual transmission, AC with climate control, keyless entry, 18 turbo Chrome twists wheels, cruise control Porsche, 6-CD changer aluminum gauges star shield on hood supple leather seats. Includes Manuals, Receipts and service records, Original Tool wrap, Air Pump and chestnut brown Convertible to Cover.

Engine was rebuilt less than 1K miles ago, Runs excellent, Fresh brakes and Clutch.
Rebuilt included, all new bearings, full head job including guides, chains, rails, ect.

$37,000 obo

911, 930, 993 trades welcomed.”

Neat car, I love the interior but this is coming from someone that owned a SLK with a similar color treatment.  It looks to be in wonderful condition and will treat the new owner very well.

The question I have is, why did the motor go at 76k miles?  I know it is a Porsche and there really is no rhyme or reason to these sorts of things.  But the fallacy is that the air cooled motors are more reliable than those new fangled water cooled engines.

Guess not!

All things being equal I would rather have a rebuilt motor than one in questionable shape I suppose.  At $37k it is no bargain but it is one of the last of the air cooled 911’s with a rebuilt motor, in a rare color combination, in very nice shape.…

1991 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

Even though they were somewhat derided by Porsche purists at the time, the 944 and 968 are getting a second look these days, no thanks in part to the fact you now have Porsche SUVs and sedans roaming the planet. One of the rarer versions of the 944 was the S2 Cabriolet, which was sold only in 1990 and 1991. The S2 version of the 944 brought a revised engine and gearbox, along with subtle styling updates. These 944 Cabriolets are a great way to enjoy open air Porsche motoring on a budget.

1991 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet on eBay

1991 Porsche 944 S2. Fresh service, new timing belt, new water pump. Electric top. Low miles, 90% remaining on tires. Great first Porsche!

The ad’s description is rather sparse, but from the looks of things, this appears to be a rather honest, unmolested 944 Cabriolet. From the clean interior, original Blaupunkt radio and tidy engine bay, this car is making the right noises for me. I’ve always wanted a 944 or 968, but to be honest, I’ve always had my sights set on the hardtop. This car is making me rethink that preference.

-Paul…

It’s Um… Er Convertible Season, Low Mileage 1993 Porsche 968 Cab For Sale

One of the things that I am noticing the older I get is that I am, well, cheap.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate quality, I do to no end.  It is I will through ungodly amounts of trouble to save a buck.  If that means buying something off season on the cheap so be it.

Case in point, soft top values are squishy now.  This happens every year, the holidays have come and gone and warmer weather is a bit off.  I purchased a ’02 Audi TT Quattro today, which makes no sense as I am at least 90 days from something that resembles top down weather.  But I purchased it for 20% less than I would in the middle of summer.

Yep, I am cheap!  Here is another great car to spend your summer with.

1993 Porsche 968 Cabriolet For Sale:

From the seller –

“1993 PORSCHE 968 CABRIOLET – 6 speed – LOW MILEAGE 51,060 – Garaged ARIZONA Car

This auction is for a 1993 PORSCHE 968 CABRIOLET, convertible, 6 speed with low mileage. This ARIZONA car has been garaged and taken care of.

According to the Porsche 968 Register website (the following information was taken from their website): There were approximately 2000 cabriolets and 2000 coupes imported to the United States between 1992 and 1995.

The 968 was Porsche’s last new front-engined vehicle before the introduction of the Cayenne SUV in 2003. It was sold alongside the 928 GTS through 1995 when both models were dropped. As of 2006, Porsche has not yet built another front-engined sports car.

DESCRIPTION:

Color: Blue with tan interior and tan top

Mileage: 51,060

6 Speed

4 cylinders

3.0 liter

Leather interior

Power Windows

Power Steering

Power Brakes

Power Seats

Power Convertible Top

Cruise Control

Air Conditioning (works great)

Chrome Wheels

Pioneer AM/FM/CD

Driver Airbag

INFORMATION:

No accidents

Usual paint chips (see in photo) from road

Very slight dimples on top of front fenders

Arizona car – always in garage – originally purchased in Scottsdale, Arizona

New top and liner (work great)

Convertible top frames, bows and cables replaced and serviced (2002 with paperwork)

New rack & pinion

NEW battery: November 2011

Rebuilt transaxle

New headlight relay

New Weltmeister performance chip

Seats in good condition – no tears or rips (just normal wear)

Non-smoker

Tire condition: good

Extra keys

Gearbox replaced from Porsche ($3,250) in 2007 with paperwork

Steering Rack rebuilt and installed ($1,223) in 2003 with paperwork

New belts installed ($612) in 2003 with paperwork

PAPERWORK:

Original manuals in leather-bound jacket in glovebox

Service records with receipts (see photos for all work completed by professionals and mentioned above)

Always professionally serviced (receipts for all)

Clean title.”

When I first saw this car I was certain it was a tip which is a deal killer but was pleasantly surprised to see it is a manual. …

1987 BMW 325i Convertible

The E30 BMW 3 series needs no introduction here at GCFSB. The darling of the range is most certainly the M3. This model represents Genesis, which has garnered the attention of enthusiasts, driving prices into the $20,000 to $30,000 range for top notch examples. This has subsequently increased interest in other E30 models in the lineup. The convertible wouldn’t be my first choice if I was in the market for an E30, but this example for sale in The Hamptons is making the right noises.

1987 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay

This is a 1987 BMW 325i Convertible with 79642 original miles. This car is in very nice condition, interior was restored in 2010 and is beautiful. This car has been owned by a local owner of a high end car repair shop and has been properly serviced throughout. There is a factory hard top as well that can be purchased separately.

This black on red color combination looks like a million dollars. It’s a nice departure from the usual red and white 325i convertibles you come across. Hats off to the upholsterer who recovered the seats, because it looks exactly like it did in 1987. The asking price of $11,000 is a little higher than what I’ve seen lately, but 80,000 miles is not that much for a 24 year old car. All the rubber, brightwork and paint look in good order, except for a few blemishes on the leading edge of the hood. The only thing putting me off is the automatic transmission, however, for certain buyers, this would be a plus.

As the saying goes, buy the best you can afford. This particular 325i convertible is certainly up there with the best the market currently has on offer.

-Paul…

1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

The MkI Volkswagen Cabriolet was one of those cars with staying power. Sold from 1980 through 1993, it was to soldier on through the MkII era, as no soft top version of that chassis was ever developed. This was not a very masculine car, however, it did have strong sales in the United States. Several special edition variants were offered, such as the Carat, Wolfsburg and Eitenne Aigner.

With one owner on record and 62,000 miles, this is an impossibly impeccable example of a later model Cabriolet. My compliments to the owner for keeping all that white clean over the years.

1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay

This week for auction, Volkswagen of North Scottsdale offers an immaculate 1989 Volkswagen Cabrio. This is a pristine example of the MKI Cabio. It is part of our vintage collection. It is a true ONE owner car with only 62k miles. It is fully documented since new. The original owner babied this car and kept meticulous records. The original purchase order indicates the car was sold new at Granite State Volkswagen of Concord, New Hampshire. The impeccable condition indicates this car was stored inside and not exposed to the elements. It is rust free. The car was brought to Arizona in 2009. We acquired this Cabrio earlier in the year and added it to our collection. Now it is time to offer it to sale to the public. If you have been looking for that special Cabrio that you once knew years ago, this is your opportunity to own one of the niceset in the country!

Cosmetically this Cabrio is in excellent shape. It has the special “Best Seller” package that includes color matched wheels and mirrors. The paint is all original and like new. No paintwork or bodywork. No dents or dings. It is Carfax and Autocheck Guaranteed to have NEVER been in an accident.