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. While nothing substitutes for inspecting a car in person, this E320 appears to be the nicest example I’ve seen since I was back in high school and these things were still rolling out of the factory. The price, however, almost made me shed a tear. The best E320 Cabriolet these days may sell in the low $30,000 territory. Cresting $40,000 is pushing the envelope. Or is it? Personally, if I was in the position to do so and could grab this car for around $35,000, I’d pull the trigger. Why? Consider the current E Class Cabriolet. While it may come with a warranty and be more advanced technically speaking, it starts at over $57,000. And honestly, for that money, it can’t match the timelessness and old school quality of the 1995 model.

-Paul

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.

This does nothing to calm the voices.

~Aaron.

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.  There is some good, low miles, records, and a newer top.  Some bad including some road rash, it’s due for belts and a water pump, and it may need new tires.  Nothing tragic there but adjust your pricing accordingly.

Bidding currently sits at nearly $10k with the reserve not met.  I would be comfortable going up to $12.5k on this car given the work it may need upon arrival.  Either way it is a beautiful car and deserves to go to a good home.

~Aaron.

 

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. The wheels are all in very nice shape. The interior is still like new. The white cloth seats are in great shape. No tears or rips anywhere. All carpets and panels are like new. All of the accessories work as they should. The aftermarket Alpine CD

Mechanically this Cabrio is top notch! It was well maintained and serviced at regular intervals by the original owner. The engine starts right up and runs strong. It doesn’t leak anything either. The clutch feels good and the gearbox tight. It just had an oil and filter change, along with valve cover gasket replacement. The AC was converted to 134a and blows ice cold. At 53k it had a major service that included: Oil and filter, Front brakes and rotors, timing belt and tensioner, all three drive belts, coolant flush, and new spark plugs. At 55k the shifter bushings were replaced and the differential was serviced. The matching Sprinter tires are all nice and have lots of tread left. This Cabrio is ready to be driven.

With it’s 1.8 liter four cylinder, this car won’t light your hair on fire, but the 5 speed manual will help make it more usable in traffic. But speed isn’t what this car is about. It’s about fun, letting the sun shine in and enjoying the open air motoring without giving up the practicality of your workaday Golf. I’ve rarely seen a MkI Cabriolet, even in excellent condition, sell for more than $6,000 to $7,000, and the asking price for this example is steep. I’d estimate about $4,000 off the asking price would be enough to move this car in short order.

-Paul

1963 BMW 700 Cabriolet

Following World War II, there was widespread devastation to German industry. This led to shortages for all kinds of products, including automobiles. BMW began filling the void in the market for small, efficient cars with the Isetta microcar in 1956. Later that decade, BMW introduced a larger car, the 700, powered by a two cylinder, rear mounted engine. There were three body styles, a two door saloon, two door coupe and a convertible, which is what we see here for sale.

1963 BMW 700 Cabriolet on eBay

THE 700 IS A SMALL REAR-ENGINED CAR PRODUCED BY BMW IN VARIOUS BODY STYLES FROM AUGUST 1959 TO NOVEMBER 1965. THIS WAS THE FIRST BMW AUTOMOBILE WITH A MONOCOQUE STRUCTURE. THE COUPE MODELS WERE POWERED BY A 696 CC, 2 CYLINDER, 4-STROKE ENGINE THAT PRODUCED 30HP. THE CONVERTIBLE MODELS WERE EQUIPPED WITH TWIN SOLEX CARBURETORS GENERATING 40HP. THERE WERE ONLY 2985 CONVERTIBLE CARS WERE PRODUCED BETWEEN SEPT. 1961-NOV. 1964.

THIS BMW SPENT MOST OF ITS LIFE IN CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE A CALIFORNIA PINK SLIP DATED BACK TO 1975 (SEE PHOTO). IT WAS SOLD TO A COLLECTOR IN GEORGIA IN MARCH OF 2002. WE ACQUIRED THIS RARE BMW COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. THIS CAR CAN BE DRIVEN WITH ITS EXISTING CONDITION. HOWEVER, IT WILL NEED A FULL COSMETIC RESTORATION.

THIS RARE BMW 700 IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL AND RUST-FREE ONES IN EXISTENCE. THE PAINT APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL. IT IS VERY DULL AND CHALKY AT PLACES. IF THE CAR WAS RESTORED AT SOMETIMES IN THE LAST 48 YEARS, THEY MOST HAVE TAKEN IT COMPLETELY APART AS WE CAN NOT FIND ANY PAINT LINES. THE SEAT COVERS AND DOOR PANELS ARE ORIGINAL. WE HAVE A FEW OLD BROCHURES, MAINT. BOOKLETS, AND OTHER COOL PHOTOS FOR THE CAR. ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOWS THE PICTURE OF THE CAR BACK WHEN IT WAS IN CALIFORNIA WITH A BLACK PLATE. THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD A NOTE IN THE PORTFOLIO THAT INDICATED THE MOST RECENT WORK IN 2002 AS FOLLOWS:

* NEW TOP
* FRESH TOP END ON MOTOR
* RARE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
* KONI SHOCKS
* 5 NEW TIRES

WHEN WE ACQUIRED THE CAR, IT HAD NOT RUN FOR AT LEAST 9 YEARS. WE DRAINED THE FUEL TANK AND LINES, INSTALLED NEW SPARK PLUGS, INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY, CHECKED THE OIL AND ALL FLUIDS, TURNED THE FUEL VALVE ON, TURN THE IGNITION ON TO ACTIVATE THE DYNO,IT CRANKED RIGHT UP. THE CAR RUNS BEAUTIFUL.

EXTERIOR:

THE BODY PANELS LINE UP WELL. THE PAINT APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL BUT WE ARE NOT SURE. IT IS OLD AND DULL. THERE ARE A FEW SMALL DINGS ON THE BODY. THE FLOORS ARE SOLID. WE HAVE TRIED TO SHOW THE FLOORS IN THE PHOTOS WITHOUT HAVING ACCESS TO A LIFT. THE FRONT FLOOR PANS ARE NEAR PERFECT. THE REAR FLOOR PANS HAVE SOME DENTS IN THEM DUE TO THE LOW CLEARANCE OF THE CAR OR IMPROPER LIFTING. THE AREAS AROUND THE DOOR, TRUNK, AND ENGINE COMPARTMENTS ARE NEAR PERFECT. IN SOME AREAS, THE PAINT HAS CHIPPED AND THE BODY PART WAS TARNISHED. ITS ONLY ON THE SURFACE. THE BUMPERS NEED TO BE PLATED AND THE SS TRIM NEED TO BE POLISHED. ALL GLASS AND LIGHT LENSES ARE IN GREAT CONDITION. THE EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLES ARE BOTH CRACKED. THEY NEED TO BE REPAIRED AND RE-PLATED OR REPLACED. THEY ARE MADE OUT OF POT METAL AND HARD TO REPAIR. THIS CAR GIVES A NEW MEANING TO A 48 YEAR OLD “RUST-FREE” CAR.

INTERIOR:

THE SEAT COVERS AND DOOR PANELS ARE ORIGINAL AND IN SERVICEABLE CONDITION. THE ORIGINAL CARS CAME WITH RUBBER FLOOR MATS BUT THE PREVIOUS OWNER INSTALLED CARPET. THE TOP IS ABOUT 9 YEARS OLD. IT IS IN GREAT CONDITION. HOWEVER, IT HAS SOME TINY PINCHES AT SOME PLACES. THE BOOT COVER IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE STEERING HAS A COVER. WE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE IT APART. THE DASH BEZEL AND MISC. TRIM HAVE SOME LIGHT PITTING.

MECHANICAL:

THE CAR CRANKS UP WITH COUPLE OF TRIALS. YOU HAVE TO TURN THE FUEL VALVE ON AND TURN THE IGNITION TO ACTIVATE THE SILENT DYNO. IT THEN CRANKS. IT TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO. THE ENGINE RUNS VERY SMOOTH. IT DOES NOT SMOKE OR LEAK. THE 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION SHIFTS GOOD AND THE CLUTCH IS STRONG. WHEN WE GOT THE CAR, THE BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR WAS VERY LOW. WE ADDED SOME FLUID BUT STILL NO PEDAL. IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY LEAKS MEANING THAT EITHER THE SYSTEM NEEDS BLEEDING OR THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER REBUILT. THE HAND BRAKE WORKS. WE HAVE DRIVEN THE CAR JUST A FEW FEET USING THE HANDBRAKE. THE CAR HAS THE ABARTH STYLE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST THAT SOUNDS GOOD. THE TIRES ARE 9 YEARS OLD BUT LOOK LIKE NEW.

ELECTRICAL:

THE HEADLIGHTS, TAILLIGHTS, LICENSE PLATE LIGHT, AND DASH LIGHTS WORK. THE TURN SIGNALS ON THE RIGHT SIDE WORK BUT NOT THE LEFT SIDE. IT PROBABLY A FUSES OR BAD CONTACTS.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT:

THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT LOOKS GREAT FOR AN OLD CAR. THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF CORROSION ANYWHERE NOT EVEN AT HINGE AREAS OR EDGES OF THE LID.

FRONT COMPARTMENT:

THE AREA BELOW THE MAT, UNDER THE SPARE TIRE, UNDER-DASH, GAS TANK, ETC. LOOK GREAT. THIS CAR IS SO HONEST IN EVERY ASPECT. WE HAVE ALL THE TOOLS. THE JACK AND THE POUCH IS NOT ORIGINAL BUT FUNCTIONAL. ITS THERE IN CASE SOMEONE HAS A FLAT TIRE.

These 700s are neat little cars that helped in the postwar comeback of BMW and got the ball rolling again with BMW Motorsport. A 700 won the Nüburgring six hour touring car race in 1960 and was raced in other events by famous drivers such as Hans Stuck and Jacky Ickx. The seller has presented this 700 in an honest fashion and with some freshening, this 700 would make a practical, usable classic.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Following up to the clean, low mileage Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan just featured, here is a very mint example of the first Mercedes-Benz four seat convertible manufactured since the early 1970s: the E320 cabriolet. Just shy of 3,700 examples were produced in this last year for the W124, featuring the venerable 3.2 liter inline six producing 217 hp. This example has yet to see the better side of 60,000 miles and it shows.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Convertible on Hemmings Motor News

This E320 Cabriolet is painted in rare #721 Moonstone Gray Metallic with a Gray leather interior and black cloth top. A limited production hand-built car, this example has only 57,000 miles. No accidents ever with clean CarFax. All original paint. Meticulously maintained by its owner and used as a fair-weather driver only in Wisconsin summers and Florida winters. Must see and drive to appreciate.

It always amazes me that given how few E320 cabrios were produced, there always seems to be a wealth of clean, low mileage examples for sale. The asking prices for these models have always been strong, but $28,500 seems a bit optimistic. If this car had under 20,000 miles and was close to showroom fresh, maybe I could see it. But realistically, given the current economy, a value of closer to $20,000 seems more reasonable.

I will say that this car speaks to me, and quite loudly, because my 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was painted this very hue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, and it is a fantastic color. Subtle, with a hint of mauve about it in the right lighting. Ever since they appeared in 1992, the W124 E class cabriolet was a favorite of mine. I have no doubt that someday, when my economic and living situation changes, I will be searching for a clean, lovingly cared for example like this very car. And maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get it in Moonstone Gray.

-Paul

1990 BMW 325ic Offered by EuroWerkz

Every time an E30 BMW 3 series comes across on our site, I get nostalgic about my ’88 325is. I can’t think of a car that epitomized the optimistic atmosphere of the ‘80s more than the E30 3 series convertible. Introduced in 1987 amidst a rapidly expanding 3 series lineup, the convertible was offered with the 2.5 liter inline six found in the 325is producing 168 horsepower. This convertible became the face of BMW in the media almost in the same way the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL became the de rigeur Stuttgart darling. The convertible 3 series made appearances in a number of movies including PCU, Revenge of the Nerds and Pretty Woman, as well as television series such as Perry Mason, Columbo and Beverly Hills 90210.

Here is a very clean example for sale at EuroWerkz in Pleasantville, Iowa.

1990 BMW 325ic with 48k miles for sale at EuroWerkz

From EuroWerkz:

What is better than a barn find? How about a heated garage find? We have been trying to buy this car for two years. Finally early last winter we did and I spent many hours putting this ONE owner since new BMW back to as close to perfect as I have ever seen in a car like this. This car is like stepping back to the 90’s as not only does it look the part but it drives as new too. This was a fair weather third car for a Doctor in Des Moines and the rest of the time it spent in a climate controlled garage at his homes in the area over the past 21 years. The condition is nothing short of amazing and this could well be the nicest example of this car in the country. A once in a lifetime chance at a resonably priced beautifully preserved near classic.

This is by far one of the cleanest, lowest mileage E30 convertibles I’ve seen in a long time. The red paint appears flawless and suits the character of this car well. I’d be hard pressed to find a more original and well preserved example. For those looking for a classic, open top BMW tourer, the automatic transmissions is a logical pairing, especially for the US market.

This car’s iconic status was recently highlighted in an episode of Top Gear last season, as we see here. Thankfully, the boys didn’t get their hands on quite such a pristine original, like our subject car.

-Paul

Please note this is a sponsored listing. We welcome EuroWerkz as our latest sponsor and are proud to feature their inventory on the site. Please contact me directly with any questions about sponsored listings. Thanks for looking! -dc

Gorgeous 1989 E30 M3 Cabriolet Replica w/ S50

Like many enthusiasts, I’ve spent most of my life believing that convertibles are exclusively for hairdressers, midlife-crisisers, and the ignorant. Why would you sacrifice structural rigidity for some sunshine and windblown hair? Well, some seat time in a Z8 and a Miata (polar opposites as they may be) opened my mind about the open-top. If I could only have one car, it would never be a convertible, but if I could have a few, it might be ok to eschew lateral stiffness for some old-fashioned fun.

Case in point, today’s E30 M3 Cabriolet replica. Quick disclaimer: yes it’s a replica, but read the ad or check out the 48 page forum thread; it’s an extremely well done replica. No, it won’t be the track day star that an M3 coupe would be, but can you imagine how much fun it would be to bomb up a winding highway in this thing on a sunny day?

1989 E30 M3 Cabriolet Replica w/ S50

A most thorough from the creator/seller:

Up for an auction is my 1989 BMW M3 cabriolet replica. This is not like those look-a-like M3 replicas that you have seen on eBay or around. This project took me about 1.5 years to complete with “ABSOLUTLY NO-SHORTCUT OR EXPENSE SPARED ” approach. You have to see my car in person to appreciate the work I put into it. I spent about $50000 on this project.

The donor vehicle:
1989 BMW 325ic in Alpine White II/black leather interior, w/ only 87k miles.

Unlike most people who start such projects using a banged up or salvage donor, I wanted to do this project the right way. My idea of right way was to use a clean E30 325i convertible as a donor, so there would be no issue of body panels not lining up.

This 325ic was never involved in any accidents. The paint was original and all VIN# stickers were present (on the doors, fenders, quarter panels, hood and the trunk) before the start of the project. The car was so clean and nice that I really had a hard time to give the go ahead to the body shop. After all, it was a very nice and clean 325ic that is hard to find in that condition.

The Facility:
As I mentioned above, I wanted to do this project the right way and the right way always cost more. The body and paintwork was done at BMW Authorized Collision Center. In fact, the work was done just like factory and the BMW representative had to sign off on the work. They even ordered the original door jam VIN sticker from the factory and reattached it to the door jam.
The body shop guy who did the work had over 20 years of experience of working on BMW cars, especially the older BMWs such as E30.

The Parts:
Again, unlike the other E30 M3 cabrio projects, I decided to use brand new original European E30 M3 cabrio parts, except for the hood, the interior, the headlights, the suspension (US m3 suspension was used) and some other minor parts.

For example, I could have used the US M3 coupe fenders but these fenders are not a direct fit and they have to be modified. Or I could have used US M3 coupe bumpers but I choose to use brand new original European M3 bumpers because I didn’t want to bondo the side turn signal holes that are not in the Euro bumpers.

I also used the pictures and measurements from an original E30 M3 cabriolet that belonged to one of the forum members to replicate the door panels, consoles and the seats.

Bodywork: (everything were new unless stated otherwise)
E30 M3 cabriolet fenders, doors, quarter panels, bumpers (front bumper is from Euro Evo M3), side skirts, door sills, emergency brake lever, Euro grills, under carriage plastic covers (used from US M3 since they are NLA), etc.

Suspension:
US E30 M3 5 log suspension parts, modified by ground control into coil over with 450lbs front spring, 900Lbs rear springs, Koni adjustable shocks, Racing Dynamics Strut tower brace, cross brace, E36 M3 steering rack, front camber plates with the rear camber/toe adjustment. The handling is unbelievable! Even though I used 900 lbs springs in the back, the car is not bumpy. The handling is very tight and the car sticks to the road better than new BMWs.

Drive train and exhaust system.
US M3 S50 OBD-I engine with approx. 75K miles, E30 M3 drive shaft, new E34 M5 clutch, Dinan E36 M3 lightened flywheel, 3:25 LSD differential, new Z3 M coupe differential cover, new E36 M3 exhaust from Rouge Engineering with OEM E36 M3 catalytic converter (passes CA smog with no problem!). The motor swap was done properly and I had it certified by the State Of California inspection facility. The car can be taken to any smog facility and get it smoged because it has the state certification sticker in the door jam.

Sound System:
Alpine component speakers, Clarion FZ709 button-less touch sensitive head unit (for clean look) with bluetooth audio streaming, ipod/iphone connection, Sound Stream 5 channel amplifier and 2 x JL Audio subwoofer.

Interior:
All leather interior, including the seats, consoles, door panels with shift knob. New OEM heated seats heating elements.

Misc.:
New AC compressor, custom AC hoses, custom made pedals, US M3 instrument panel with the original odometer swapped into it (the mileage is original), new OEM Evo M3 steering wheel, custom painted E39 BBS wheels with chrome rivets, German computer and overhead panel. High end Cliford Alarm system with windows modules (one touch up and down), tilt and proximity sensor.

Things that need attention: ( I have been very busy lately, otherwise I would have taken care of these minor issues. I may still take care of them if I get the chance around my busy schedule)

-The ground control suspension is known for squeaks and suspension noises so there are some noises from the suspension at low speeds.
-Instrument panel backlight comes and goes. It sometimes needs couple of tap to make it illuminate
-There is a rattle in the right door
-The top is original BMW top and in very good condition except for the rear windows that needs to be replaced. I have always driven the car with top down so it never bothered me but it is a reletively sheap fix since the rear window is zippered into the top so it is not that hard to replace it.

Apparently I’m not alone in thinking this car is pretty kickass, as 19 bidders have driven the price up to $27k with over 6 days left. It is without question the best-looking 3-series convertible I’ve ever seen, has been done beyond properly, and has less than 100k miles. I’d have to be a much richer man to think of dropping $30-40k here, but if I were adding a convertible to the stable, it’d be hard to think of a better choice than this one.

-NR