1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

Searching for the combination of reasonable price and interesting model/color/options can be a tough row to hoe in the world of air-cooled 911s. This model tends to defy that difficulty: the 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet. Of course, there are caveats. The model is interesting only to those who find a particular appeal in the first ever Cabriolet model Porsche offered for the 911. There are plenty of people for whom a 911 Cabriolet never will be a serious consideration. But I do think this model is interesting. It’s not only the first year of the 911 Cabriolet in general, but also the only year of the 911SC Cabriolet. And Porsche long has shown an interest in open-top motoring so the debut of that concept in its full form for the 911 – somewhat ignoring the short-lived Soft-window Targa – should attract our notice. The other caveat is that the 911SC Cabriolet isn’t always a reasonable value relative to other models of the 911SC. They don’t tend to be super expensive simply because few examples of the 911SC are, but value is always relative and in that sense the Cabriolet can seem a little pricey.

Here we have one in pretty standard form and I think it looks quite nice. The asking price ain’t too bad either:

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Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,627 mi
Price: $37,995 Buy It Now

1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet: Beautiful black/black factory color combination; garaged California car; low miles. Stored for several years and not driven, recently tuned up and brought back to driving condition. During the period it was not driven the service history was lost or misplaced; all the documentation included is pictured.

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I think this 911 has been for sale for a while. I could be wrong, but I know this dealer has had a decent number of very-low mileage 3.2 Carreras and I’m assuming this one is part of that group. So why feature it now? Because it’s 4:30 am and I can’t sleep. I’m looking at cars and this one piqued my curiosity, to a degree clearly more than usual, and now I’m writing about it. The asking price, the mileage, and of course the interior. I love a red leather interior, a point that perhaps comes into focus during insomnia-fueled car trawling. It is in such moments of clarity that greatness can be achieved. Ok, so that’s probably a stretch, but I am realizing that I do like this 911. The interior isn’t for the fainthearted – the CoA is hard to read, but the color actually is Lipstick Red – and on a Cabriolet it stands out even more. There’s nowhere to hide, but that’s the idea.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,330 mi
Price: $77,800 Buy It Now

1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
We have just added to our extensive exotic car inventory a beautiful 1988 Porsche 911 Cabriolet in Black with Lipstick Red special leather interior and only 19,300 miles. This 911 is equipped with: 5 speed manual transmission, full power left seat and four way power passenger seat, limited slip differential, steering wheel with raised hub, Blaupunkt Reno radio, 16″ forged light alloy wheels, automatic heating control, power operated top, cruise control, spoilers front and rear, alarm system, luggage compartment in black velour, complete books, extra keys, certificate of authenticity, tool kit and jack.

1998 Audi Cabriolet

Looking for a performance car? This isn’t it. It’s also about as far from a classic Audi as you could get in the U.S. market; there was no turbo, no inline-5, no manual and no quattro drivetrain. But the B4 Audi Cabriolet was ironically the last 1980s holdover for the company, and it survived until somewhat amazingly 1998 here, with the basic chassis construction from 1985. To the end, it remained a competent and handsome convertible, a conservative alternative to the more expensive Mercedes-Benz drop-tops and the flashier BMWs. The Cabriolet really only came in one configuration here, with the 2.8 liter V6 linked to the 4-speed automatic driving the front wheels. On the fly, this was a fine setup and certainly potent enough to rustle your hair, though it was far from lighting it on fire. Pricing at the end of the run was surprisingly high at $34,600 base price. Added to that were the packages many came with for the 1998 model year; Premium Package added a power roof, burled walnut wood trim; Kodiac leather seat upholstery, remote locking and alarm. Ironically for the convertible, the “All Weather Package” added heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated door locks. Also optional for the end of the run were the Votex Competition 16″ 6-spoke alloy wheels and even high backed sport seats; both (especially the latter) are very rare. Today the market ignores these last B4s, and often they can be had for a song:

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S … Cabriolet?

Coming across a factory version of a model that doesn’t actually exist is always a lot of fun. At least it is for me as someone who will view this 993 from afar, analyze and read about it, and then write. Were I an actual interested buyer I’d either be very anxious – perhaps because I was already aware of this car’s existence and waiting for a sale – or befuddled as I try to track down all of the necessary verification to support the factory production of such a rarity. But either way there’s plenty to look at. The 993 Carrera S, also known as the C2S, was only produced as a Coupe. It’s a wonderful car; one of my favorite 911 designs Porsche has released. It seems, however, that at least one buyer convinced Porsche to make a Cabriolet and it is that car which we see here. The asking price is astronomical and the mileage is very low. All of which combines to make for a very special 911.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 10,200 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($499,000 Buy It Now)

Absolutely rare example of a 993 „S“ Convertible with turbo body.

Original Porsche factory conversion to turbo body according to special customer request. This model has never been available through the official Porsche sales program.

This Porsche has been ordered new in late 1997 by a gentleman, who had been a Porsche enthusiast for quite a long time. Therefor at that time he already had purchased a significant number of vehicles from Porsche in Stuttgart. Obviously he was able to convince the engineers at the Porsche Exclusive Department to convert his brandnew 993 convertible to a 993 „S“ Cab with a turbo body.

1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet

I’ve been big admirer of the W124 Cabriolet because of the massive design and engineering project it was. Like I mentioned a few months ago, making this car wasn’t just chopping the roof off the coupe, sticking a soft top in the trunk and calling it a day. But sadly despite the huge undertaking and investment, you were only left with one engine choice in the 3.2 liter M104 straight-6. It wasn’t under powered by any means, but it wasn’t exactly a speed demon either. Besides, if you want a fast Mercedes convertible, you ponied up for the SL500 or SL600. I’m going to assume that if they offered the M119 V8 in the W124 Cabriolet,  the price would have been even greater than already high $79,000 (and that’s in 1995 money!). The price point probably would have been right at the edge of the $87,000 SL500 and it probably wouldn’t of sold very well at all. Plus, you are factoring in even more engineering and cost to a project that like mentioned, was very expensive.

So it makes total sense why there was no V8 W124 Cabriolet. But of course it doesn’t stop someone from building one which is exactly what we have here today for sale in New Jersey. What started life as a 1995 E320 Cabriolet has been transformed into a “E420 Cabriolet” and it even has a few other interesting details.

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Year: 1995
Model: ‘E420’ Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,921 miles
Price: $69,999

ORIGINAL PAINT, ONE OF ONE E420 CONVERTIBLE

OVER 160000 DOLLAR INVESTED IN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION,

$199 Dealer Fee

Price: $69,999

From the looks of it, this swap was done by the people at Wolfgang’s Inc., a Mercedes- Benz specialty facility in Tenafly, New Jersey.…

1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet

I’m pretty sure this will be the oldest car I’ve featured. And I don’t imagine I’ll happen across any that are much older given how rarely a Porsche of this age even pops up. I’ve written before about how much I enjoy the 356 for its simple and elegant lines, the vintage charm of the painted dash, and the nostalgia of having a chance to experience such an early icon. Here, with this Azure Blue 1953 Porsche 356 Cabriolet, I’m going back even to the early days of this very early model. While there are mechanical differences between this “Pre-A” 356 and its successors, the basic blueprint of the model is there and the elegant lines remain. With its Telefunken radio the interior takes on an even greater level of vintage charm and the quad round tailights at the rear give a very clean look. As with most any 356 a Cabriolet in a lovely color like this really brings out the best in the design and it exudes grace.

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Year: 1953
Model: 356 Cabriolet
Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 381 mi
Price: $425,000 Buy It Now

1953 Porsche 356/1500 ‘Bent Window’ Cabriolet

Chassis No: 60115

$425,000.00 OBO

– Rare “Pre-A” example – in most desirable open-air form

– Solid example benefiting from expert restoration

– Well-equipped, including restored and working ‘Telefunken’ radio

– Options and numbers verified by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

– Stunning color combination

1,488 cc air-cooled, horizontally-opposed OHV four-cylinder engine, 64 HP at 4,400 rpm (SAE)/55 HP at 4,400 rpm (DIN), four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with parallel trailing arms and laminated torsion bars, independent rear suspension with swing axles and transverse torsion bars, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 82.7”

Rooted in humble origins as the “two-seater Volkswagen sport” project on June 11, 1947, from a converted sawmill in Gmünd, Austria, Porsche’s sporting dynasty soon took physical form with the emergence of the sleek 356 “No.

The Porsche 911 Cabriolet – An Air-Cooled Chronology

I don’t know what exactly has lead to my decision to feature Porsche’s various air-cooled Cabriolets. I suppose it was a confluence of circumstances. During one unseasonably warm February weekend, I found myself sitting outside enjoying a beverage and the warm sunshine. As one does. A very pretty 3.2 Carrera Cabriolet drove by. The condition looked very good and it was one of those subtle but interesting color combinations. The exterior was some shade of metallic grey and it had a nicely contrasting green interior. Perhaps the exterior was Granite Green Metallic; I’m not really sure, but it was nice looking. It was a perfect afternoon for enjoying such a car.

Then I started coming across some interesting 911 Cabriolets for sale. After a couple of them I wondered if I could find one from each air-cooled model. I was successful and a post was born. I’ll say from the outset these aren’t from the value part of the 911 spectrum; interesting enough they are all priced within a few thousand dollars of one another. None is inexpensive, but all look in very good shape and promise enjoyable drop-top motoring. We’ll look at them chronologically starting with the first 911 Cabriolet Porsche produced: this Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet, located in Illinois, with just 19,016 miles on it.

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Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,016 mi
Price: $69,000

19,016 miles; 1 family ownership; Last year of the 911 SC; First year of the 911 Cabriolet (only 5337 made); Numbers-matching collector car; Guards Red original paint; Meter confirms factory specifications; Full black leather interior; Black leather sport seats; Heated & tinted windshield; Blaupunkt Monterey AM/FM/Cassette radio; Factory alarm
Black top – excellent; rear window – perfect; 16” Fuchs alloys – excellent; Yokohama tires; 3.0 liter engine; 180 hp, 5-speed 915 trans; All tools, air pump, jack, etc.; All books, manuals, touch-up paint, etc.; Window sticker & original dealer paperwork; No winters, no rain, no bad roads; 19,016 mile time capsule; No modifications since new.

Sonderwunsch 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet

I’ve come upon this one a little late as there isn’t a lot of time left in this auction, but it’s a wild and interesting enough 930 that it’s worth our time. Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (“Special Wishes”) program provides customers with a wide array of features from which they can build themselves a very unique car. In most cases buyers keep things rather sane and choose a specific color for either the exterior or interior, or they select a couple of interesting interior details. Every now and then a customer goes further…quite a bit further. From the outside this 1989 Porsche 930 Cabriolet shows a few obvious touches with the side strakes and revised front air dam similar to what we see on the Slantnose. When we step into the interior that is when the customization really takes off. Just take a look:

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This stunning 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet is one of just a handful of Sonderwunsch Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolets produced in that model year, and presents beautifully in black with a green custom leather interior. Sonderwunsch translates to special wishes, and serves as Porsche’s in-house customization program that builds bespoke automobiles at the request of the owner. Their range of available services is all inclusive—drivetrain, suspension, exterior or interior—and nothing falls outside the scope of their capability and quality standard.

This 930 Turbo has been factory customized with the following features: custom body work consisting of rear-fender air intakes with horizontal strakes, a special-order (leather-to-sample) green full-leather interior, a center console with extra gauges, leather dash, and additional under-dash glove boxes.

This car has been babied all it’s life.

Wanna get weird? Let’s get weird – Centro 911 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Have you ever looked at the McLaren F1’s centrally mounted seating position and thought to yourself, “Yes, this is what I need for my everyday commute”? Well have no fear because a solution has presented itself under the guise of this otherwise fairly basic 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The cliche is that a picture is worth a thousand words so I will leave it to the pictures to describe this Carrera’s transformation. I won’t lie, things get a little weird.

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