Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts tagged Convertible
I always wondered why a convertible has never made its way into my stable. I’m the person you see around the neighborhood with the sunroof wide open on the Cooper S, windows down and heater on low when it dips below 50°F. For me, the cooler the weather the better, unless I’m near the ocean. Then I say, bring on the heat. But I digress. Maybe the idea of a convertible has been a bit unattractive due to the usual chassis flex and added weight. But what if you jam a performance engine under the hood and throw some go fast bits at a normal convertible? That’s what BMW did when they offered the E36 M3 in convertible trim, the first open-roofed M car to be marketed stateside. The purists still prefer the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, but maybe it’s time the convertible started getting its fair share of respect. If you ever wanted one of these, few come nicer than this low mileage, final year example for sale in North Carolina brought to our attention by our reader Ry.
Model: M3 Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,600 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay
1999 E36 M3 Convertible manual shift with 35,600 original miles and matching factory hard top. New house with one less garage space forces sale of my special car I patiently hunted for. All paperwork back to window sticker. Great color combination of Silver over dove grey leather. New Coco mats. New Michelin Pilot Sports (500 miles). Perfect original top with clear rear window. This has always been a fair weather toy. Garaged every day and night of it’s life. Never intentionally in the rain. Dealer installed (which has the blessing of BMW to maintain it’s factory warranty) Dinan bits when new to what I believe is called stage one which is just cold air intake, chip and a cat back exhaust. Seats show minimal wear to match low mileage. Never smoked in. Finding a manual shift, low mileage example in a desirable color combination is getting difficult. This is as nice as I have seen. Hard top comes with it’s original rolling storage cart and cover. Slides neatly to side of garage. Every option except Vadar seats as I understand they were not available with the heated power seat option. Updates done to water pump and thermostat housing. Current service done. Plenty of good high res photos available. I have owned and properly cared for this great car for a little over three years and put 6000 miles on it in that time. Fly and drive an easy option to Asheville, NC.
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Normally, the E36 M3 Convertible doesn’t get me too excited. However, if you look beyond the obvious weight disadvantage, you are dealing with a final year, manual transmission E36 M car. Considering the low mileage and a color combination that isn’t polarizing, I’d suspect a car like this may pull around the $15,000 mark. If you want to get into a 1990s M car and not break the bank, these E36 M3 convertibles are not a bad place to start looking.
The E21 is a funny little beast, but some nice examples have cropped up over the last year or two. Today’s is about as odd as they come, with the interesting and non-US 2.0l 6-cylinder topped by the rag/convertible combo assembled by Baur and factory “is” upgrades. With just 56k miles, the seller is looking for the upper echelons of E21 money. Top-down motoring in an orange little speedster with the unique sounds of a small inline-6 sounds like a good time to me.
Model: 320/6is Baur
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 56,000 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy-It-Now
Click for more details: 1982 BMW 320/6 Baur on eBay
Beautiful Henna Red #052, Euro 320/6 E21 Baur #4040 of 4595 total built, 3 series BMW in IS trim. Imported to California in late 1984, this wonderful time capsule only has 56,846 miles. Same owner since 1985. Stack of early import and service records. Serviced a Local Sacramento CA independent icon, Lubos BMW (916) 451-5826, for over the last 2 decades. Extremely rare car in the US.
Basic condition on this car is as you would expect from a car with such low miles. Very low original wear on original fabric IS optional Recaro seats. excellent Dash, glass, seals, etc. Brand new Michelin tires on flawless BBS 14″ rims. New front brake rotors just replaced a seized set from long term storage. Car is and always has been registered in CA and passes smog testing everytime. The rare, unavailable to the US 2.0L 6cyl runs fantastic with great torque and power. Equally rare 5 speed shifts in and out of all gears and reverse with ease. Car drives superb with no age related wind noise, rattles, smells or freeway wander. Cruises on the freeway confidently and very high speeds, achieved by the very tall 5th gear.
Paint and finish are above average and the car still retains much of it’s original finish. Front hood, period correct aftermarket front bumper and rear trunk have all been repainted however. No signs of accident, and if so, too minor to detect. 2 areas on the rear trunk have some pealing and are detailed in pictures attached. Prior owner remembers that they were created by the upholster when the rear window plastic was replaced. Painted areas are very old, and overall condition would rate a 7 out of 10. All door jams, trunk and engine compartments, seams, body panels, etc., look to be original, flawless and laser straight.
Baur top is in excellent original condition. Does not leak. surprisingly quite and calm when down/off. With windows up, it is as quite as a sunroof with no bothersome wind noise! Truly genius design and was advertised as such by Baur. Very unique rare car, that is a blast to drive and sure to appreciate. Almost couldn’t contain not adding some lowering/racing springs and set of vintage Alpina wheels myself!
Quite an odd little duck, but it’s rare and cool. Maybe not where my $13.5k is going, but when something this unique finds its next owner you can bet they’re going to enjoy it.
For those of us who celebrate it, Christmas is almost here. What, then, would you like to see under your tree this year? I know it wouldn’t fit, but this one owner Mercedes-Benz 560SL in Signal Red for sale in New York certainly gets me in the festive spirit. A final year model with 70,000 miles on the clock, this particular SL is the perfect for the buyer seeking something in between a museum quality and high mileage driver example.
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 70,950 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL on eBay
This is a one owner non smokers SL in the best color combination (Signal Red with Palomino). Very low miles and all works as it should. The A/C is ice cold and the heat is super hot. The tires are brand new, this comes equipped with the removable hardtop. The soft top is in excellent condition with no dulling or cracking on the windows. The top was replaced four years ago and I had it down maybe five times. The car has been dealer services its whole live and the oil changed every 4,000 miles. Don’t pass up on this classic. What a pleasure to drive. Thumbs up everywhere you go. Overall it’s a beautiful Mercedes. It has a few chips as show in the pictures and a couple of small dings – the paintless dent guys can remove. Otherwise it looks great for a 25 year old Mercedes.
We featured a low mileage 1989 560SL last month that sold for $24,101. Given what we saw with that car, and others, I’d suspect this example will probably fetch somewhere in the $15,000 to $20,000 range, probably at the higher end of that, given the one owner status. For us East Coasters, it’s not the most opportune time to be thinking about a convertible, but imagine the anticipating leading up to springtime with this piece hibernating in your garage this winter.
While BMW was lighting up the sales charts with 3 series convertibles like the one we featured yesterday, Mercedes-Benz reintroduced drop top, four-place motoring to their lineup in 1992 with the 300CE Cabriolet. While the 3 series convertible was for those who liked a bit of sporting attitude in their daily drive, the E class cabriolet was for those who wanted a more reserved al fresco motoring experience. This was a car to be seen in, encouraging a serene driving manner rather than zipping about as if your pants were on fire. This 300CE in a rich combination of Smoke Silver over Dark Brown leather has that old money look to it that resonates to the connoisseur.
Model: 300CE Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 17,835 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet on eBay
This 1993 Mercedes 300CE Cabriolet is finished in Smoke Silver Metallic Exterior with Dark Brown Leather Interior and Convertible Top. Only 17,835 miles. Nearly $80,000 original MSRP. All Original, Clean CarFax. Stored Winters, in like new condition. This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Convertible was built in Germany on May 13, 1993 and originally delivered to Mercedes-Benz of Memphis (Tennessee). It was delivered on June 22, 1993 to a local Memphis owner, where it was perfectly cared for and minimally driven. That first owner kept the car until September of 2002, when the car only had 8100 miles. The second owner was an older gentleman, also based in Memphis. He kept the car until June of 2004, when the 300CE only had 9,166 miles. It was subsequently purchased by a seasoned automotive enthusiast and all around knowledgeable car guy in 2004 which is who we bought it from.
This 300CE Convertible is extremely clean and is in as-new condition. It has been both cosmetically and mechanically maintained to a fastidious level throughout its entire life. It has never seen snow/salt and has rarely seen rain. You will not find a nicer and better documented 300CE/E320 Convertible. It is 100% stock and unmodified. The car is well-equipped, with automatic climate control (with cold A/C), heated seats, CD changer, power/memory seats, cruise control, and integrated rollover protection. All original tools, owner’s manual, window sticker, records, etc. are included. The Mercedes-Benz 300CE was introduced for the 1993 model year and was the company’s first four-seat convertible since the 280SE Cabriolet which was last offered in 1971. Only 766 300CE Convertibles were built in 1993 and the car cost nearly $80,000 when new $77,855. It features seating for four adults, a 217 horsepower 3.2-liter inline-6 engine, and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
This is a Mercedes from the era of old school, over-the-top build standards. It offers open-top motoring for four adults at a fraction of the cost of what the car sold for new. Full Specs: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Convertible Exterior: Smoke Silver Metallic (702) Interior: Dark Brown Soft Leather (263) Options: -LF Orthopedic Seatback (404) -Seat Reinforced, Left (561) -Seat Reinforced, Right (562) -Dark Brown Soft Top (746) -Electric Heated Front Seats (873) -California Emission Control Equipment (494) Total Production 6140 for the three years in the USA. USA production for the three years, 1993 766 1994 1698 1995 3676
These were pricey machines in their time, some optioned examples exceeding $80,000 when new. It’s not surprising, then, that these are some of the most valued W124 models barring the limited edition, high-performance 500E. With under 20,000 miles on the clock, we’re not too far off in terms of value on this one, however, given that it’s an earlier, pre-facelift model, that may hold it back from getting top dollar versus a later model.