1962 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet

If you weren’t up for a big project like the 356 Super Cabriolet we featured almost two weeks ago, then this might be the Porsche for you. This 1962 356B Super Cabriolet is a well documented, numbers matching example that lived in Europe until 1968. It has been repainted once in its original color of Smyrna Green and has had certain other mechanicals overhauled but retains an original interior.

Year: 1962
Model: 356B Super Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 88,488 mi
Price: $125,000

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1962 Porsche 356B 356 B Super Cabriolet, Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous, very original, award-winning, matching-numbers 1962 Porsche 356 B Super cabriolet in striking factory correct Smyrna Green over Brown leather seats. The 1600 Super was created as a high- performance option to the regular 1600, offering 15 more horsepower with larger valves, increased compression, and improved performance. Featuring the more sought-after T6 body style with twin-engine grilles on the deck lid, and an outside (rather than in the trunk) fuel filler, this best-of-the-breed 356 B 1600 Super is highly desirable. This well-loved example presents wonderfully and has an interesting documented provenenace.

On December 2, 1961, Richard Steppler walked into the Volkswagen—Porsche dealership owned by Dr. Guy Beretich in Pordenone, Italy, and bought himself an early Christmas present – this magnificent green 356 B Porsche. Eventually Mr. Steppler passed the car to his nephew, Richard Kubacki, and it is known that the car stayed in Europe, largely Munich, Germany, and Monte Carlo until 1968, when it was shipped to Chicago. At some point the car was repainted silver and in 1988 it was purchased by it”s last owner (of 25 years) in Milwaukee with 79,000 miles on the clock.

Under his stewardship the car was systematically stripped and returned to its original color – the stunning Glasurit Smyrna Green you see it dressed in today, complete with wheels of the same color. The brakes were overhauled, the engine was gone through, and the top half of the motor was rebuilt with new heads so that the car could run on unleaded gas in the US. Despite these vital improvements, the car”s originality was respectfully maintained, and the car still has the original radio, luggage rack, date-stamped wheels, six-volt electrical system, and exceedingly rare and valuable complete tool kit with Porsche-inscribed wrenches. In addition, much of the interior of the car is as it was the day it left the factory with the same steering wheel, gently worn brown leather seats, headlights, dash panel knobs, and clock. The soft top has been freshly replaced with the correct German Happich material and the carpets have been redone. The car”s undercarriage and battery box are immaculate and completely free of rust and the car”s an absolute joy to drive.

Its unusual preservation and exquisite aesthetics made it a perennial favorite at car shows, claiming many first, second, and third place trophies, plus over 30 other award plaques, many at Porsche Club of America events. The car also made appearances in An Eye for an Eye, a movie set in Chicago in 1991, as well as an advertisement for Cellular One.

This documented matching-numbers car has 125,000 original miles and comes with the rare, signed, early Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and the original sales receipt showing the purchase price from the dealership in Italy, with the Italian tax stamps dated 1961. Also included in the sale are many boxes upon boxes of Porsche-stamped spare parts, the original boot plus a traveling boot, the original car cover, trophies and awards, original Porsche sales brochures and the original owner”s manual.

The rare color combination, powerful Super engine, popular T6 body, and legendary reliability make this exceptional, fully documented 356 B the perfect Porsche enthusiast”s choice and it deserves the serious consideration of anyone in the market for an exceptional 356.

Price: $125,000 805-202-4557

Vintage Porsches are not a cheap proposition and this one for sale in California is certainly no exception. It’s price is about spot on with what similar examples are bringing these days. I can’t say that I remember seeing one painted in this hue and to be honest, I love the way it looks. Sitting by the ocean, with the California black plates, it has a real period vibe.

-Paul

1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet Etienne Aigner Edition

Special edition models are nothing new to the automotive world. Many times a manufacturer will release such a model due to lagging sales, to commemorate an anniversary or to signify the end of a model run. By the time the early 1990s rolled around, the Volkswagen Cabriolet was getting a bit long in the tooth, still being based off the MkI Golf introduced back in 1973. A new Cabriolet would appear with the introduction of the MkIII Golf in 1993, but before the MkI Cabriolet rode into the sunset, Volkswagen introduced the Etienne Aigner Edition Cabriolet. This was merely an appearance package for the Cabriolet, consisting of special interior fabric and leather trim, pinstripe and logos on the outside and the rather attractive La Castellet alloy wheels. The majority of these Etienne Aigner edition Cabriolets I’ve seen have been burgundy, making this Mangrove Green version for sale in Arizona a rather interesting find.

Year: 1991
Model: Cabriolet Etienne Aigner Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 91,700 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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Please read entire description and research shipping costs before bidding. Car is located in Tucson, AZ and is available to see and drive. Over 100 pics available here. Bids will not be accepted from bidders with less than 10 positive feedbacks without contacting me first. Bids from buyers with unpaid items will not be accepted. Final payment for full auction value due within 5 days of auction close via direct bank transfer, cashier’s check or cash in person. I will accept paypal but buyer to add 2.9% to cover paypal fees. Once payment has cleared I will send the notarized title to the buyer via USPS priority with delivery confirmation and car will not be driven. I can provide up to one month storage of vehicle but it is responsibility of buyer to research and arrange shipping quotes from zip 85704 before bidding on vehicle. Shipping/Insurance costs to be paid by buyer. International buyers welcome, please research shipping costs before bidding.

Extremely rare 1991 Volkswagen Etienne Angier edition Cabriolet. Only 1460 Etienne Cabriolets were imported to the US and only 639 were made with this mangrove green metallic color. 91,800 original miles. Title is an original “A Box” verifiable original mileage title. In AZ, there are 3 designations of titles; B box – means mileage is in excess of mechanical limits and C box means odometer discrepancy. A Box status is what CarFax uses to determine original mileage status. There are no liens or any brands on the title of this car. This is a very original and complete survivor with low miles.

The interior is in great shape, no tears or stains at all in the original fabric. All seat adjustments work as designed. The driver’s seat has an extra adjustment for seat height. The seats are very comfortable. All the seats are trimmed with color coordinated leather with the Etienne Agnier logo in gold. The little plastic trim piece around the seat release lever on the driver’s side is cracked but does not affect operation. This pieced can be sourced easily if desired. Door panels are in great shape and fabric has the Etienne Agnier logo embroidered in a repeating pattern like the seats. The shift boot and arm rests are trimmed in the same leather as the seats. The shift knob used to be covered in the same leather but came off and is now the bare black plastic. Door sills are in great shape with no cracks. Working factory cruise control. Car always has floor mats so the original carpet is in great condition.

Some of the vinyl covering on the glove box door is lifting around the edges, hard to tell when the glove box door is closed and does not affect opening and closing. The rest of the dash is absolutely perfect with no cracks at all. The car comes with a brand new, black DashMat that has never been installed. The car has manually adjustable rear view mirrors with little joysticks in the door panels that work well. The passenger side window glass has a noticeable ring where the mirroring is missing, probably from having a wide view, domed mirror at one point. The mirror works fine and could be easily replaced if desired.

All of the original Etienne Agnier Le Castellet wheels have some level of finish loss to the clear coat and 2 have some curb rash. These are rare wheels that only came on the Etiene Cabriolets. They are straight with no cracks and could be refinished or polished easily. The paint is %100 original and still looks great. It has numerous small chips, mainly along the front edge of hood and front bumper. There is one faded spot the size of a grapefruit on the hood but is not very noticeable. There are a few very small dings that are hard to notice. I think with a little effort, possibly a clay bar treatment, the paint would look even nicer. The car has never been in an accident, no previous repairs or bondo anywhere on the car. Undercarriage of car is rust free.

The headlight and fog light on the driver’s side both have chips to glass but work fine. All gauges and lights work. The car has the optional gauge cluster in the center console with VDO, oil pressure, volt and oil temp gauge that all work. The dash has a coolant temperature gauge with low coolant level light that works well. Tachometer, odometer, speedometer and clock all work. The console has the original, illuminated 3 cassette holder. This cassette holder pops right out to reveal the normal storage compartment found on standard cabriolets if desired. The original cassette player has been replaced with a Blaupunkt CD player that works fine.

Doors open and close well and seals are good, very solid feeling for small doors. Car is equipped with power windows that work great, no hesitations or issues. The rear windows are manual and work correctly also. Car has the original keys, locking gas cap key and key ring has the factory key code tag for replacement keys if necessary.

The convertible top was replaced 5 years ago by the original owner at a cost of over $2,800 by the Volkswagen dealership in Tucson, AZ. This is the original Haartz Stayfast canvas top that was unique to the Etienne Agnier cabriolets. This is the same fabric that Porsche and Mercedes use on their convertibles and is much better quality than the more common, vinyl tops. The top is in good shape but has a few very small (1/4” to 1”) tears. The top has lots of life left and still looks great. The convertible top mechanism works well, I have only had it down a couple of times since I owned it. Original glass rear window with good seal. The car comes with the original Etienne Angier top boot that cover the top when it is down. The boot is in great shape and has the logos like the door panels and seat upholstery. The headliner is in great shape with no rips.

Trunk are of car has the original spare which holds air and the original jack. I do not have the original lug wrench so a universal 4-way wrench will be included. The cardboard backing to the carpet is gone, this was a flat piece that was the shape of the carpet and could be easily cut from some ¼ inch masonite to replace. Trunk lid works as designed with original keys, hatch shock still works well.

All original literature including original window sticker showing a purchase price of more than $19,000. Original owner’s manual and sales literature specific to the Etienne Angier model.

Car was purchased new and Bates Mazda VW in Presque Isle Maine. Original owner purchased the car for his daughter to use while attending college. After she graduated the car was used by the original owner at his retirement house in Green Valley, AZ where it was garaged always and saw very little use. I purchased the car in 2010 and have used it as my daily driver for 3 years, the car has proven to be a very reliable car for me. In the time I have owned it I replaced the radiator, battery, fixed the cruise control, installed new shift bushings, and replaced one taillight with an original OEM Hella taillight. The tires are brand new with less than 100 miles on them with a transferable, lifetime road hazard warranty. Transmission was flushed and new oil replaced approximately 200 miles ago. Recent air filter, oil change, distributor cap and rotor.

The transmission shifts smoothly in all gears and has a very tight feel due to the new shift bushings. The clutch engages late in the stroke which could be an indication of clutch wear but the clutch is not slipping at all and still works fine. Shifts through all gears with no grinding or noises.

The engine runs great and passes AZ emissions with no issues. No leaks and has never overheated. Good compression on all 4 cylinders, good oil pressure and no smoke at all. Exhaust is in good condition with no leaks. The car has all the original emission equipment and there have been no modifications to the engine. The car drives great, goes down the road straight with no wobbles or play in the front end. Very sporty and fun to drive little car.

The front strut cartridges should be replaced. They are the original oil filled cartridges and most people replace them with the gas filled versions. Rear struts are fine. Included with the purchase is a complete set of good struts with Neuspeed SoftSport springs, font and rear. These spring will lower the car a little bit – (3/4 to 1”) and will be a little bit firmer without sacrificing ride quality like the firmer sport/track struts. The outer CV boot on the passenger side is cracked. The axles work fine with no noises. I was quoted 280 in labor to replace the front strut cartridges, replace cv boot and alignment. Strut cartridges vary in cost from $50 to $150 each depending on brand. I planned to put the Neuspeed struts on myself which can be done in an hour with no special tools.

Trunk area is clean and has original spare tire which holds air and original jack. I don’t have the original lug wrench, a 4 –way lug wench will come with the car. The original cardboard backing to the carpet is gone, easily replaced with some masonite cut to same shape as the carpet.

When I purchased the car, the AC was not blowing cold. I sourced a good used compressor and charged the existing compressor. The AC worked fine for about a month but there is a leak somewhere. I should have used the dye to find the leak but unfortunately did not. The original compressor works fine and the car comes with the extra used compressor. AC system should be charged with dye again to find the leak, I suspect it is a hose or O ring. Heater works well. All components of the AC work otherwise. I have an extra, used alternator that will come with the car also. Charging system works correctly and battery was replaced recently.

The car is ready to drive anywhere. I would not hesitate to drive this car cross country as-is. Overall this car is a very solid and complete original Etienne Agnier Cabriolet that would be a very easy restoration or great daily driver. Thanks for reading!

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We’ve had a couple of lower mileage MkI Cabriolets featured here on GCFSB in the past year. While they get chided for being a car favored by teenage girls and hairstylists, they do have their following, especially within the Volkswagen community. In spite of that, they aren’t highly valued in the market. Typically a Cabriolet in good condition with under 100,000 miles will fetch around $5,000. The Aigner edition package may bring a little more money to the right collector, but for most, it would boil down to a matter of taste. Perhaps bidding may reach closer to $6,000, but anything over that will bring you close to E30 3 series convertible territory, not to mention other drop tops like the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT and Porsche Boxster. Whether this particular Cabriolet will bring a premium depends on if those bidding have a desire to step back into the early 1990s and bask in a shade of green that was then all the rage.

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

In the world of affordable 911s, the Speedster is not one of them, nor has it ever been. Known as option M503, the Speedster appeared for the 1989 model year only, with only 2,104 produced. Development on the model began in 1983 at the direction of Dr. Helmuth Bott, the research and development head at Porsche. The introduction of the 911 Cabriolet that year provided an optimal basis for a stripped down, low cowl version in the spirit of the 356 Speedster. It would also serve as a bookend to close the 3.2 Carrera chapter before the dawn of the 1990s brought four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged engines and later, the demise of the air-cooled engine. This Speedster for sale in North Carolina is a well optioned example finished in Grand Prix White over red leather.

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 25,384 mi
Price: $145,000 Buy It Now

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From the moment the 1989 911 Speedster was brought to market, it was truly beloved. After a 30-year wait, Porsche brought back the “Speedster” with this stylish, high-performance successor to the 356. With a very limited number of cars (824) sent to the United States, the beautiful and powerful Speedster was an instant collector’s car. Road Scholars is delighted to offer this impressive, heavily-optioned example featuring low mileage, original paint, gorgeous original red leather interior, and a well-documented provenance.

1989 911 Speedster
VIN: WPOEB0913KS173742
Exterior Color: Grand Prix White
Interior: Full leather in color to sample “Red”
25,384 Miles (Original paint and interior)
Four owners from new and documentation on the mileage.
Note: Original exhaust comes with the Speedster (After market exhaust currently on it).
Includes all the original books (tools) and even PCNA letter to new Speedster owners dated 1989.

Options from the factory include:
1. Leather color to sample
2. Rim cap with Porsche crest
3. Three spoke steering wheel with horn button and enamel crest
4. Leather shift cover
5. Leather shift knob
6. Steering wheel with raised hub
7. Limited slip differential
8. Shorter gear shift lever
9. Heavy-duty windshield cleaning
10. Headlight washers
11. Grand Prix White painted wheels
12. Sport Seat (left) electric
13. Sport Seat (right) electric
14. Automatic speed control
15. Amplifier
16. Alarm system
17. Air conditioning
18. Radio with CD player
19. Luggage compartment “Black Velour”
20. Leather Piping to sample
21. Seat stitching in black
22. Leather welting color to sample

A fully documented, low mileage 911 Speedster such as this won’t come cheap, but closing in on $150,000 is a bit steep. Most 911 Speedsters you come across will be in good condition, as collectors and enthusiasts alike knew from the get go that these cars were destined to become classics. It is still possible to find a choice example of a Speedster for between $90,000 and $125,000. One wonders if the days of the under $30,000 3.2 Carrera are numbered. If so, will the Speedster variant soon move deeper into six figure territory?

-Paul

1998 BMW M3 Convertible

I feel as if it will be a matter of days now before E36 M3 prices start skyrocketing like the E30. This aggravates me, because I want to add one to the stable but do not have the space at the present time. If my logic is correct, though, the one E36 M3 that may still be within reach would be the convertible. While an E30 convertible was sold in other markets, the E36 would be the first open air 3 we would see on these shores. It didn’t raise a lot of eyebrows with the M faithful, but for those wanting more speed with their al fresco motoring experience, you couldn’t fault it. Four seats, that smooth straight six and a buttery smooth manual gearbox were enough to get the mind racing about a weekend getaway.

This Dakar Yellow M3 convertible for sale in Missouri has just over 100,000 miles on the odometer and is a color you don’t see every day on the open roofed variant.

Year: 1998
Model: M3 Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 104,903 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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1998 BMW ///M3 Convertible w/ Hardtop and Dinan

Yes, Dakar Yellow e36 M3 convertible with OEM Hardtop!! This M3 is clean clean clean. Wow does the yellow still shine! This is an adult owned and maintained M3. There are service records from day one, til present. It has a clean carfax, and appears to have had 3 owners. Most of its life spent in Georgia.

The soft-top is about 3 years old and looks brand new. The rear plastic window is haze free. It goes up and retracts just like it should. The car is completely stock + Dinan parts. It has Dinan Factory installed Throttle Body Sensors, Cold Air Intake, and exhaust. MAN DOES IT SOUND GOOD. This is how an e36 M3 should sound and feel from the factory!! Only the best mods on this car. The S52 engine is SMOOTH and free of any unwanted noise. The 5 speed manual transmission is very smooth thru all gears. All fluids and belts are completely up to date.

The M Contour wheels looks amazing on the car and are all very clean with minimal wear. All four tires are nearly brand new. It also has OEM splash guards. The OEM hardtop comes with a stand and a cover. Also has a cover for the car (both BMW brand). The only con I can think of is the Information Center isn’t working in the interior.

Get in this M3 and go! The cars needs nothing!! I have been around E36 & E46 M3’s and this is not one you run across everyday!! If you’re in the market for something like, this is the car. Text or Call Jared Kinder @ 573-450-0305 anytime about this e36 ///M3

Every time I see an E36 convertible, I’m reminded of the Seinfeld episode where the school journalist outs Jerry and George by mistake. And thus goes the tagline for me with this car “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Sure, it’s heavier and more structurally compromised than its coupe and sedan counterparts and the enthusiast in me would rather have the sedan, as it is a tad lighter than the coupe. But, if the right convertible came along, I might just be inclined. It would obviously have to have the manual gearbox and truthfully, I think I could probably live with the yellow. You’re driving a convertible so there’s always going to be a little flash in the equation, anyway. For an M3 convertible with mileage in the six figures, expect to pay anywhere between $7,000 to $12,000. The manual transmission may or may not be a bonus, depending on how is buying it. Unlike the coupe or sedan, most people buying the convertible are seeking a little bit more cruising ability than outright sport. Taking into account the records and Dinan bits as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this car crests $10,000.

-Paul

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

As the last of the classically-styled 911 models, I’ve always had a particular fondness for the late-80s 911s more than any other iteration. Known also as the 930, the Turbo version of these cars was introduced in 1975 as the first turbo-charged version of the 911 and featured a 3.0 liter flat-6 that produced 256 bhp. Enlarged to 3.3 liters in 1978 and fitted with an intercooler, engine output was raised to 300 bhp, which resulted in a very quick car that, due to being rear-engined and suffering from turbo lag, was somewhat at odds with the laws of physics.

After briefly being removed from the US lineup due to emission regulations, the 930 returned in 1986 with a slightly lower output 3.3 liter engine (282hp) and for 1989, the last year of this model’s production, it received a 5-speed manual transmission. In addition, Porsche’s Sonderwunsch (“Special Wishes”) Program allowed 911 buyers to customize their car in a variety of ways, most famously through the availability of a flatnose version of the 930. But sometimes an owner simply wanted to upgrade the interior, which brings us to the car featured here today. This 1989 911 Turbo Cabriolet, located in Texas, with just under 21,000 miles has had its interior specially fitted almost entirely in burgundy leather.

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Year: 1989
Model: 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Engine: 3.3 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 20,900 mi
Price: $92,500 Buy It Now

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Diamond blue metallic/Burgundy, 20,900 mi, factory “Special Wishes” leather interior options, limited slip, supple leather, heated seat-left, short shifter, steering wheel with raised hub, velour luggage compartment, fresh service with new tires, $102,999 MSRP, immaculate condition.

Factory “Special Wishes” Options

Special leather enclosed speakers
Special leather center console with additional instruments
Light rootwood dashboard
Leather instrument rings
Leather door lock rosette and knobs
Leather ignition lock rosette
Leather control knobs (4)
Leather glove box knob
Leather turn signal/wiper switch
Leather fresh air vents side dash
Leather heat/vent control knobs
Leather shift lever cover
Leather shift lever knob
Lighted make-up mirror, right sunvisor
Belt line leather- burgundy

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I’ll just come right out with it: I love the interior. Burgundy is easily my favorite color for a leather interior and I wish it was available more frequently. The original buyer of this car clearly felt the same since it appears that anything that could be covered in burgundy leather, has been covered in burgundy leather. For some, it might be a bit too monochrome, but I think it’s gorgeous. I’m not sure I’ll ever appreciate the dissymmetry of the whale tail on a cabriolet (I love a whale tail on the coupe), but regardless, it’s still an eye-catching car. The asking price, however, is at the top of the scale for a 911 of this vintage and while it is low mileage, quite unique, and the Sonderwunsch options were very expensive, I think it would take a very particular buyer for it to sell at $92,500. Without the “Special Wishes” options a car like this probably goes for around $70,000. So at $90,000+ we’re looking at a pretty high premium, no matter how beautiful the leather.

-Rob

1989 BMW 325i Convertible

Everyone has different criteria when they set out to buy a car. Some prefer used cars, others want a new one with warranty. Some prefer style over performance. Some want practicality or economy ahead of everything else. When it comes to BMW consumers, these folks are usually looking for a bit of a performance edge with style mixed in. But, there are some BMWs that are geared for those who want to take it a bit easy. Case in point this E30 325i Convertible. These open-roofed four seaters were wildly popular in the 1980s and are a good choice for those seeking a bit of style and performance on a budget. This 325i Convertible is a well preserved example with just over 75,000 miles and is a perfect companion for those lazy Sunday afternoon cruises.

Year: 1989
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,914 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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1989 white BMW convertible with blue soft top, only 75,912 miles. This is my wife’s car that she bought in 1995 with 11,000 miles. She has owned it and cared for it the last 18 years. Water pump was replaced at 65,000 miles as well as the timing belt and battery. Car shows really well with little wear, the top is fine but the rear window is starting to yellow and will need replace. The car is all original and in good working order and all fluids are changed every year. The only thing that comes to mind that needs fixed is the passenger side power mirrior has a lose connection that needs fixed. Car runs and drives great but because of kids and a busy schedule it just sits in the garage with a cover on it. I want my garage back so the car needs to find a new home to make room for my new toy. If you have any questions or want more photos please let me know. Thanks.

The convertible is the dark horse in the collectibility race when it comes to E30s. Whatever the car may be, drop top variants usually bring the most money but not in the case of these cars. We’ve seen 325is coupes gaining in value, no doubt a result of the M3 mania that is going on at the moment. But the convertible remains rather affordable. There’s a lot of bidding interest in this car already which will probably push this close to what E30 325is coupes are bringing these days. But those looking at the convertible probably wouldn’t be cross-shopping that variant.

-Paul

1990 Porsche 944S2 Cabriolet

The Porsche 944 Cabriolet is a bit of an orphan in the Porsche lineup, but like many forgotten cars, it has its merits. It’s not a super rare car, but less than 6,000 were produced during its short lifespan, so it’s not that common, either. With collaboration from American Sunroof Corporation (ASC), this car showed up late in the 944’s production run. With the appearance of the redesigned 968 in 1992, the 944 Cabriolet was quickly forgotten. Now those who are looking for a vintage Porsche Cabriolet without the 911 price, these drop tops are a good alternative. This one for sale in New York has just under 45,000 miles on the clock and includes some tasteful updates.

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Year: 1990
Model: 944S2 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 44,589 miles
Price: $21,000 Buy It Now

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Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet maintained regardless of cost! This car is almost perfect and NOT your average S2 944. She has been cared for regardless of cost by Porsche and has important but subtle upgrades including the M30 front and rear sway bars, which are impossible to get. Gorgeous new wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Upgraded sound system with blue tooth and iPod connector. She has a hugely expensive Xenon headlight conversion which transforms night vision and driving. This is not a garage queen but a true driver from my personal collection, everything works as it should.

She has new OEM shocks and springs, all new bushings, belts all done, AC converted and all gassed up. New brake pads and rotors, wheel bearing checked and all good. The leather interior has zero tears and is soft and well looked after. There is a small rip in the convertible top which could be fixed, I never have because it doesn’t leak. All the rubbers and seals are as they should be and there is no wind noise coming through. This is one of, if not the best S2 on the market and will give her new owner years and years of fun reliable driving as these cars (good ones) are bullet proof.

Year: 1990

Transmission: Manual

Interior: Blue

Body: 2 Door Coupe/Cabriolet

Dealer Location: Southampton

Mileage: 44,589

Engine: 3L Naturally Aspirated Straight 4

Fuel Type: Gasoline

Exterior: White/ Blue Hood

Seating: 4 People

Vehicle Weight: 2954 LBS

Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 Gallons

0-60: 7 Seconds

Top Speed: 149 MPH

Gear box: 5 Speed

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I like a lot of what the owner did in terms of modifications, but the wheels aren’t particularly to my taste. A lot of times older cars look a little weird with larger, more modern wheels. I think these could stand to be about one inch smaller to help proportions. The price of this one is a little on the high side. Cabriolets will fetch a little bit more than their hardtop counterparts, but you can typically find a good 944 Cabriolet in the range of $14,000 to $20,000. The 944, in all varieties, is still one of those sports car bargains. With people waking up to the merits of these cars, such as famed 911 enthusiast Magnus Walker, values may begin to take off over the next few years.

-Paul

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Short of the Corvette in some circles, is there any car out there that embodies the mid-life crisis dream? Or, for that matter, a dream for just about any age group? I have a 1:18 scale model of this exact 1988 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet sitting on my desk, right down to the same color. I use it as a daily reminder that someday, as a result of all this toil, I will achieve the 911 dream. This 911 Cabriolet comes to us from our reader that brought the Ruf Slantnose Cabriolet to our attention. In Guards Red, it is just about how I’d order up my classic 911.

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Year: 1988
Model: 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,100 miles
Price: $29,500 Buy It Now

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This Porsche will exceed your expectations. Loads of service history, stamps in book up to 51,000 miles, log documents that show from 51,000 miles to 90,000 every time the previous owner filled the car up and serviced it he put dates, miles and what he did. Rear wind deflector, rear shelf mat, floor mats, new wheels and tires including new lugs and center caps, (I have a nice set of black center fuchs if you prefer the back) newer top, exceptionally clean in and out, 2-owner, all service history, all manuals with pouch, tools jack and most importantly all original paint! (see photos for paint meter readings) 4.0mm-5.3mm. SUPER NICE! $29,500.

Looking over these pictures, it’s hard to believe this car is closing in on 100,000 miles. This is one mint 3.2 Carrera. Normally a late model 3.2 Cabriolet with this kind of mileage would bring a few thousand dollars less, but with two previous owners and a comprehensive service history, I’d say this one is priced rather realistic. As we’ve seen, the market for the 3.2 Carrera is not going down. Most of us don’t get into the car hobby for investment reasons, but a classic 911 is a great way to spend your money on something you can enjoy everyday. Consider it a different kind of investment “vehicle.”

-Paul

1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE

From 1993 to 1997, Land Rover sold the Defender in the US market, but the truck was eventually done in by ever increasing safety standards. Replaced by the smaller but less rugged Freelander, the Defender has become sort of a cult car for those who have serious off-roading to do or for those who live in the urban jungle and sport Patagonia apparel. Now prices for these SUVs have gone through the roof, with exceptional examples bringing north of $50,000. Luckily, there is a less expensive, German option. The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen.

It took guts for Mercedes to introduce this off-roader into the US market over twenty years since it first debuted, but it has become an icon here. While few will dare scratch the surface on what this off-roader can tackle, those who have pushed the boundaries with these vehicles know they are worth their weight in gold. Earlier G-Wagens, such as this 1984 280GE are a good choice for those wanting to experience the G-class magic but who might not need all the modern frills.

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Year: 1984
Model: 280GE Cabriolet
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,550 miles
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280GE Cabriolet on eBay

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This Rare Mercedes 280GE (G-WAGEN) is in EXCELLENT mechanical and cosmetic condition; all signs of a loving owner! This vehicle was a special order grey market truck. The 280GE G-Wagen combines classic styling, safety, comfort, performance, all terrain capability and unmatched build quality. Many have considered the G-Class to be the ultimate All Terrain Vehicle on the market.

These G-Wagens were the first of there kind. In 1984, when this car was built, there was no such thing as an SUV. These trucks were built originally designed for the military, years before Hummers or SUVs were even thought of! The 280GE “G-Wagen” offers a rare opportunity to own unique vehicle with all of the modern conveniences. She sports a leather trimmed interior, an abundance of comfort and convenience options and the performance of the venerable 2.8 Liter, inline 6-cylinder engine. This motor offers great economy and value. The quality and craftsmanship of the build is exceptional. It carries on the tradition of Mercedes-Benz quality, elegance and safety, that has been the envy of all other car manufacturers.

The exterior is finished in smooth gloss black paint, complemented with a soft and supple tan leather interior. The paint is in excellent condition with very light signs of use. The interior is also in excellent condition with very light signs of use she is clean and fresh. The sharp, classic lines, and timeless styling of this vehicle are unique and unmatched. There are many pre-owned luxury SUVs out there but if you are looking for a unique and beautiful SUV, this is the one!


The engine has just been rebuilt, and is the smooth and responsive 2.8-liter, fuel injected, inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a smooth shifting 4-speed automatic transmission. This G-Wagen is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. She has been owned and maintained by a collector, has had frequent services and shows only 58,524 carfaxed miles. The soft top is new! This is a rare truck and one of the nicest on the market. Enjoy the G-Wagen experience for a fraction of the new truck price!

VEHICLE CONDITION:

· Body: Excellent condition

· Engine: Rebuilt! Less than 100 miles

· Paint: Excellent condition with very light signs of use, great shine and luster

· Bumpers & Fender Flares: Excellent condition

· Interior: Excellent condition with very light signs of use

· Soft Top: New!

· Mats: Excellent condition

· Windshield & Glass: Excellent condition; clear with no cracks or chips

· Tires: New matching set of BF Goodrich all-terrain tires

Wheels: Excellent condition. Rear wheel painted black to match the truck. Please feel free to email at Steven@classiccargallery.com or call at 203 256 9800 if we can answer any questions.

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The 1979 230G we featured last month sold for just over $12,000. That particular G-Wagen was down two cylinders, had a manual transmission and while well-kept, wasn’t as nicely presented. As of writing this post, this 280GE has hit over $20,000 with almost 30 bids, but hasn’t met the reserve. On the seller’s website, they have the vehicle advertised at $46,900. This G-Wagen is a nice truck, but it may be tough getting that kind of scratch when the first officially imported G500 four-doors are almost 20 years newer and fetching less on the used market. But, for the person wanting

-Paul

1999 BMW M3 Convertible

I’ve never quite wrapped my head around the idea of the M3 convertible. Sure, there are people who like to go fast with the top down, but usually when it comes to doing that, a roadster will fit the bill. People who buy convertibles with a back seat aren’t normally looking for warp speed. Or are they? Apparently BMW thought so with the introduction of the E36 M3 convertible. This wasn’t the first M3 convertible, but it was the first one to be officially imported to the US. Carrying the same 240 horsepower inline six under the bonnet, this car had to cope with a bit more extra weight and body flex than its hard top counterparts. More often than not, these drop top M3s are equipped with an automatic gearbox, making hardcore drivers cringe even more.

This M3 convertible for sale in Maryland is thankfully a 5-speed manual and has a curious combination of a white hardtop to go along with its red paintwork.

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Year: 1999
Model: M3 Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 miles
Price: $15,850 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay

Up for sale is a pristine 1999 BMW M3 E36 Convertible with only 79k pampered miles, Hellrot Red on black, excellent condition, this is about as good as it gets. Everything is 100% original. 100% original PAINT. There are absolutely no stories with this M3. You will be very hard pressed to find a scratch or ding anywhere. You may find a few stone chips if your standing 6 inches away from the car. You can view many more pictures at the following link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/103908307163778160743/E36m3?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPXtpeqq56qTBA&feat=directlink

Feel free to contact me with any questions. 202-258-2428

Cooling system refreshed with new thermostat, water pump and coolant flush. This a preventative maintenance required on all S52 motors. All fluids have been flushed.

• 79k original miles
• Garaged entire life; adult/enthusiast owned
• No accidents or paintwork whatsoever; all VIN stickers present
• PERFECT original finish.
• Fresh oil change with Lubro Moly Synthetic
• Interior in excellent condition; like-new dash, carpets, leather
• Leather is soft and in new condition; seat bolsters show very minimal wear
• Undercarriage is clean and virtually spotless

Comes with OEM Alpine White hardtop. If hardtop is not wanted I will adjust the price of the car accordingly.

I’m strangely drawn in by this M3 for some reason, perhaps due to the contrasting colors. This particular example has just enough miles to signify that it was neither abused nor a museum piece. This M3 is priced at the high end of the market, as these M3s have yet to take off in the manner of the original E30 variety. I’d suspect somewhere in the $12,000 to $14,000 range would be a bit more realistic, as the closer to $20,000 you get will move you into E46 territory. Then again, some people do prefer the E36 for its chiseled looks and simpler character.

-Paul