It takes commitment to restore a car, to strip it bare and realize the only way you’re going to ever enjoy it is to put it all back together. This 1982 Rabbit Convertible isn’t a tremendously valuable car, but it obviously gave the seller enough enjoyment that he swapped in a high-compression Audi motor and a new transmission. The body was repainted, interior was updated, and a new top was added – none of which are cheap enhancements. But if the car gave the seller years of top-down enjoyment in the New Mexico sunshine, then I suppose it was all worth it.
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The Z8 is a bit of a wallflower these days, its handsome looks appreciated by those who remember when it hit the roads but a less eye-grabbing than the ultra-faceted and streaked cars coming out 12 years later. Even to the trained eye, they don’t show up that often, and it seems like a lot of owners are hiding them away in the hopes of selling them for more later. I still get excited when they do come out of their garages, and the today’s silver example reminds me of the sunny afternoon drive 7 years ago that shifted my opinion on convertibles. Structural rigidity be damned, there’s nothing wrong with having your ears a few unobstructed feet from the S62’s rumble.
Click for details: 2002 BMW Z8 on eBay
I’m not often intrigued by convertible iterations of 911s, but this ’84 caught my eye for its perfect color combo and low miles. The fact that it appears mostly original, as validated by the seller’s claims of minimal paintwork and lack of panel replacement, is an added bonus. The higher-compression 3.2 liter flat-6 adds to the overall package, which is perfect for warm weather climates like Florida, where this car resides. The modest whale-tail on the back works for me, giving the classic shape some added attitude, but without the disproportionate effect of a full Turbo-style spoiler on a non-Turbo body. Speaking of shapes, the 911 is one of the few cars that looks as good as a convertible as it does a fixed-roof coupe – in this author’s humble opinion.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Porsche 911 Cabriolet on eBay
Is it just me or is this an awful lot of car for the money? I haven’t tracked the R129 market closely, but a low-mileage, late-production SL600 with the V12 and panoramic roof seems like a great way to combine open-top cruising with all-weather comfort, thanks to the glass hardtop. In terms of the seller’s comments about the color, I can’t say I disagree – I’ve never seen one stateside in this color combo. This only adds to my level of enchantment with this droptop Benz, which often seems a bit unloved in terms of other topless Mercedes. I’m not crazy about the chrome AMG wheels, but that’s easily reversible. All in all, I’m generally not a convertible guy, but if I had to spend $20K on one, there are very few others that appeal to me at that price point. And if the next owner doesn’t reside in California, the only other state that seems suitable is Florida – an ideal setting for the wind to ruffle some blue hairs.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL600 on eBay
There’s one glaring problem with the Porsche 911. With such a long production run and so many variants to choose from, which is the one to have? The dyed in the wool types would no doubt go for an air-cooled 911, but which one? The Carrera 3.2 was an icon of the 1980s but with features firmly entrenched with the first model that debuted in the 1960s. The 993 would be the swan song of the air-cooled 911 range, with styling that was both a departure from the original formula yet instantly recognizable at the same time. We’ll take a look at two Grand Prix White 911 Cabriolets, starting with this 1987 Carrera 3.2 for sale in California with under 50,000 miles on the clock.