1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

When the Porsche 968 was introduced in 1992, the 924/944 formula was in its final throes. This car had come a long way, though, from the 924 of 1976, with the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that was shared with the Audi 100 and Volkswagen LT van. Originally, the 968 was to be called the 944 S3, but with a majority of the parts modified or changed, Porsche management decided to come up with a new moniker for the car. At the heart of the 968, was an updated inline four, this time with Porsche’s VarioCam variable valve timing. Good for 236 horsepower, this engine was mated to either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic automatic.

These days the 968 is a relative bargain amongst the modern classic set. This 968 Cabriolet for sale in Kansas City has the all important manual gearbox and still looks modern over twenty years on.

Year: 1992
Model: 968 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 86,471 mi
Price: $13,700 Buy It Now

1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on eBay

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1992 Porsche 968 Cabriolet Finished in Cobalt Blue Metallic, Dark Blue Top, with Light Grey Leather interior. *** THIS IS A ONE OWNER CAR!*** All services with the exception of a couple of oil changes, wiper motor, and door handle have been done at Aristocrat Porsche in KC, which is also the original selling dealer. I do have all the service records, and due to the ridiculous amounts of request I have received for them, we will only send them when we are into a serious deal. This is a well-equipped 968 Cabriolet, sticker for this car was 55496 with out destination!

If you are looking at this car you probably saw the 968 on eBay do 9800 with 180,000 miles! We know the car had a rebuilt motor 25,000 miles ago, but it’s still a 180K car with many things that will need attention! We have priced ours to sell at a fair price, we will not accept offers and our price is firm. I bought this car to keep it, but cannot sell one of my other cars, so this one is up for sale! Only item to note that needs attention is the clocks plastic crystal is cracked. You have two options for repair, buy a new clock, or put in a Porsche CD holder.

Remember that most 968’s are on owner 3-5 and do not have the receipts and title to show the care this car has received!
We have the original window sticker, two original Porsche keys, top boot, and original mats (mats do show some wear)

We do have receipts for,

AC Condenser
Power steering pump
Replaced convertible top (due to age)
Starter
Timing Belt
Water Pump
Balance Shaft Belt
Aux cooling fan replaced
75k service
60K service
45k service
30K service
15K service

Options on this 968 are,

Cobalt Blue Metallic with Dark Blue Top
Partial Leather Seat Light Grey Classic
17” Light Alloy Wheels
Full Power Drivers Seat
Hi FI Sound System 8 Speakers
Amplifier System
Lumbar Support Drivers Seat

For purists, the Cabriolet might be a compromise, but I’ve always liked the 968 Cabriolet, as it offers a bit of open air fun into what is a fairly serious motoring equation. I’ve heard from a few 968 owners as of late, and one Cabriolet owner told me once that someone asked him if that was the “new” Porsche. This design has stood the test of time well. Not only that, the 968 offers exclusivity at a price that is hard to match. Given this is a one owner car, service records are available and it is a 6-speed, I would say the seller is being pretty fair in his asking price. It’s hard to say whether these 968s will ever skyrocket in price, but for now, it’s hard to beat this kind of performance and handling for the price.

-Paul

1993 BMW 325i Convertible, 227 Original Miles – REVISIT

The ultra low mileage 1993 BMW 325i Convertible we featured back in January is up for sale again, with a lowered Buy It Now price of $28,500. Enough to move the metal this time around?

1993 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 16, 2013:

If you could buy a new E30 convertible, what would it be worth to you? The price of a new subcompact? Perhaps even a figure approaching $30,000? Well, the seller of final year E30 Convertible in Arizona seems to think more. This has to be the lowest mileage E30 I’ve ever seen and brings back fond memories of my youth, as my 325is was Alpine white with a tan leather trimmed interior.

Year: 1993
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 227 mi
Price: $42,900

1993 BMW 325i Convertible with 227 miles on eBay

ONLY 227 ACUTAL MILES!!! This gorgeous 325i convertible is in mint condition impeccably restored with all original or BMW genuine parts. It looks and drives like it just left the showroom. This unique car is a BMW enthusiast’s dream. It was one of the last E30 convertible models produced in December 1992. It has been stored in a garage and covered throughout its life. The original white paint and exterior are flawless. The original power convertible black top is in amazing condition, raising and lowering smoothly, and with a crystal clear rear window. The interior is beautifully maintained with perfectly conditioned leather. The condition of the dash and center console appear like new.

The original tan BMW floor mats are in great condition. They are near impossible to replace as BMW has discontinued production. I have included black genuine BMW mats to be used and kept the tan mats bagged to be included as well. The trunk is spotless and looks as though it has never been touched with the original jack and tool kit included as well as full size spare tire. The engine compartment and undercarriage of the car are in amazing condition. In fact the original rust preventative Cosmoline applied at the BMW factory is still present. The tires are brand new Falken 195/65 R14 complete with a full size spare.

I have replacement BBS hubs that originally came with the car at the time of delivery and four brand new genuine BMW hubs made for the original wheels. All original manuals and binder included. E30 3 series service manual included. All 325i convertible brochures available from the late 80s and 90s are included as well. All service documentation included. Services performed on the car in the last quarter of 2012 include:

Timing belt replaced
Genuine BMW oil filter and oil replacement
Clutch fluid replaced
Brake flush
Coolant flush
Windshield washer fluid replaced
Genuine BMW shock resistant convertible battery replaced
Replaced microswitch for automatic top
Fuel tank inspected and in excellent condition
Spark plugs in excellent condition
Brake pad calipers in excellent condition
BMW recalls performed
Just passed Arizona emissions without difficulty

This is an extraordinarily rare automobile with only 227 original miles and in mint condition. It is a collectors dream or a perfect addition as a weekend convertible. The purchase of this car is “as is” without warranty offered or returns. I will not accept PayPal and will only complete transaction by wire or cashiers check. A $5,000 deposit is required at the close of auction to hold car for 10 days. $500 of the deposit is nonrefundable if the transaction is not completed. Full payment totaling $42,900 is required within 10 days of close of auction. Please feel free to email with any further questions. I would be happy to show the car in person. The car is currently garaged in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In short, this is a great car at an astronomical price. I usually try and steer clear of being too negative with the values on cars we come across, but I honestly can’t see anyone ponying up over $42,000 for what was originally a car that retailed in the mid $30k range. Even the best E30 M3 will struggle to get to this price point, so you can imagine that Bimmerphiles would be hesitant to plunk down money on a what could be considered a lesser E30. It’s cool to look back and see how one of these came right out of the showroom, but if you bought a car like this at this price, would you drive it? I certainly would be hesitant. At somewhere around $15,000 or so, I’d be more apt to enjoy it as intended.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

It never ceases to amaze me how many low mileage W124 E320 Cabriolets are out there knocking around in the streets. Here comes another one brought to our attention by one of our readers that is for sale in San Francisco. For those who want the fun of an open roofed vehicle with robustness and durability that is hard to match, you don’t have to look much further than these modern classics. They aren’t the fastest cars out there, not the most flashy, but garner a great deal of respect from those familiar with them and passers by.

Year: 1995
Model: E320 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 28,364
Price: No reserve auction

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

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Selling for no reserve…

Rare opportunity to own a modern classic 1995 Mercedes Benz E320 Cabriolet in triple black with only 28k miles! One of the lowest mile E320 cabriolets cars for sale in the country. Mercedes has not made a four seater convertible since the 1970s. This is destined to be a collectible and Mercedes enthusiasts know the value. The last of the hand made Mercedes. If you have searched for the perfect example of an E320 cabriolet this is the one. I have owned many nice cars and this one has always received many compliments on my rare outings with the car. Short trips to Napa or to the local coffee shop on a nice day.

This car was sold new on December 2, 1995 from Sutherland Motors LTD Spokane, Washington. Never driven in harsh weather. Brought to San Francisco and subsequently sold. Purchased thereafter from Monterey Jaguar in Monterey, California. I have garaged the car and maintained it very well. Only driven less than 400 miles in the past year. It just sits in the garage waiting for a nice day. The car is all original and stock condition. The way you would want to purchase one. The top is excellent with no rips or tears. Paint is excellent with on small ding on left front fender and tiny soft ding below gas tank lid. The leather seats are amazing condition. No rips or tears and the drivers bolster is not even worn at all. See the pics.

She runs and drives excellent. Drive it anywhere with confidence. Complete with owners manual and booklets. Email for more info. Clean title hand. Seller reserves right to cancel auction early.

A few of the E320 Cabriolets we’ve featured have been offered at insane prices, sometimes deep into the $30,000 range. The seller is smart by letting this one go at no reserve. I’d suspect bidding might reach close to or at $25,000, but not much more. One thing that would be good to note for potential buyers is whether the car has the original wiring harness, as these cars were known to have issues with them degrading over time. Then again, you never know with these things if the right buyers happen to get in the (virtual) room.

-Paul

1991 BMW 325i Convertible

Just a few short days after the 1993 325i Convertiblethat stirred up an intense discussion, here comes another low mileage E30 Convertible, this time two years older and with one less pedal. I’m curious…just how many more of these drop top E30s did people stash away in hopes of a handsome payday years down the road?

Year: 1991
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,500 mi
Price: $24,999

1991 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay

1991 BMW 325iC – Like New! 9,500 Miles! VIN: WBABB2319MEC26419. For sale today is my 1991 BMW 325iC in Lagunen Grün over Gray leather:

1991 BMW 325iC M20
9,5xx miles
Clear PA title in hand
LIKE NEW!
Brand new tires – less than 50 miles
Timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, filters, replaced in 2/2012 ~75 miles ago
DOT4 ATE Typ 200 brake fluid flush 2/2012
Coolant flush 2/2012
Mobil 1 full synthetic oil 12/2012
Original tape deck just serviced 6/2012
Absolutely immaculate – cadmium plating present on all bolt heads – like new
Must see to believe!

Selling to make room for a vintage Datsun

My uncle had a similar E30 Convertible in Laguna Green, albeit with a tan leather interior. This is one of my favorite colors for the E30 Convertible, as it looks rich and represents the era from which it hails. The asking price for this 325i is more realistic than the last one we saw, but is still a bit over the top for an E30 without the M badge. I doubt the automatic transmission will hold this car back much, as those looking at open roofed variants are generally more in it for cruising around than spirited driving. I’d say this car would realistically max out around $15,000 to $17,000, but there could be someone out there than wants the best E30 Convertible money could buy. If that’s the case, then this is certainly the car for them.

-Paul

1983 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

After a long hiatus, Porsche released the 911 Cabriolet in the fall of 1982 as a 1983 model. Not since the 356 Speedsters of the ’60s had Porsche gone topless. It proved very popular with 4,214 sold in its introductory year and since then, the 911 Cabriolet has been a favorite on the Porsche roster. Based on the numbers these cars aren’t particularly rare, however, they are always sought after.

Generally low mileage cars like this one are commanding upwards of $30K, with average retail on the 911SC Cab at $26K. This clean looking, low mileage car for sale in Binghamton, New York could be a steal for someone looking to get in to the 911 game.

Year: 1983
Model: 911 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0L flat 6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,000 mi
Price: $15,500

1983 Porsche 911 Cabriolet on craigslist

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This is a 1983 Porsche 911 convertible in very good shape, standard 5 speed, 36,000 original miles with current inspection, please call. Doug Hall- 607-722-0946

Well, Doug’s post here isn’t too full of information on the car with regards to history, condition, etc… but I’m sure a phone call will give you a sense if this car is for you or not. With an asking price of $15,500, and only 36K original miles, this car certainly warrants further investigation.

-Brian

1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet

Those that know me are aware I’m a sucker for oddball cars. Even though I know I’d be more likely to buy the coupe version, I’ve always been curiously attracted to the Porsche 968 Cabriolet. Perhaps it’s the fact that they are rare. Maybe I’m dismayed by the current crop of sedans and SUVs that Porsche is producing and yearn for the simpler times. When I first stumbled upon this 968 for sale in Minnesota, I was afraid it might be an automatic, like many were so equipped. Thankfully, this car has three pedals and isn’t looking too worse for wear after covering 65,000 miles.

1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet on eBay

1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet. Black exterior, black leather interior. 5 speed manual transmission. Power convertible top. 65,236 miles. Clean Carfax, no accident history or evidence of accident or collision, inside, outside or underneath. The car has had several owners since new, originally a leased car. It’s been in Minnesota for the past 12 years, used as a seasonal driver during nice Summer months. It was traded in here at our new Mercedes-Benz dealership on a used Porsche 911 C4 by a local PCA member. Recent maintenance was performed at the local Porsche dealership here in Minneapolis including a timing belt and water pump. Everything on the car works as designed, lights, HVAC, power windows, power seats, etc.

The car drives flawlessly, excellent acceleration, shifts smoothly and easily up and down through all the gears, excellent brakes, handling is tight and responsive. Exterior finish is deep and shiny. No dings or dents. The black leather interior is in great condition as well. It’s about as nice as a black car of this age can be. We fully cleaned and detailed the vehicle before taking the photos you see below. There is no RUST on the body of the car. The only non stock item in the car is a newer radio / CD player unit.

Considering the mileage and condition of this 968, I’d say were probably somewhere in the $13,000 to $16,000 range. It’s not the most exciting looking sports car in all black, but these are great handling cars and a good option for someone looking for top down Porsche thrills on the cheap but don’t want to drive an earlier generation Boxster for fear of driving the “lesser” Porsche.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Our second Featured Listing last week, the one-owner 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320, has been relisted on eBay with it’s Buy it Now price lowered by $3,000.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site December 9, 2012:

After a two decade hiatus, Mercedes-Benz brought back the four place cabriolet in 1992 with the W124. While convertibles in general are often thought of as somewhat flashy and carefree, the E class cabriolet went about its business in a more conservative, dignified manner. Today, the cabriolet is one of the most desired W124 variants, a point that is made abundantly clear by the number of low mileage examples on the market along with high resale values. This final year, one owner E320 comes to us from our reader Rainier in California.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

1995 Mercedes E320 Cabriolet. One owner car, Metallic Black exterior with Tan interior. Great condition, have all records of service, 66,750 miles and runs like new as it was a Sunday driver. This was one of the last cars built in November 1995. Seller has the right to end sale when I like. No warranty or refund after sale is complete. $18,995.00 obo

Mint, low mileage E320s can sometimes glance $30,000, with good quality runners ranging between $15,000 to $25,000. The W124 is a stout car, and the cabriolet is no different. Potential buyers should be aware of issues revolving around the wiring harness, as the material used for insulation can decompose over time. A one owner car like this is always attractive, as it helps to mitigate questions with regards to servicing history. For those in the market for a safe, practical young classic that offers a bit of top down flair, these W124 cabriolets are hard to beat.

-Paul

1990 E30 Cabrio with M3 body

We’ve discussed the merits of E30 Cabriolets made to look like M3s before. As I touched on last time, I prefer to approach reproductions like this from a more objective, ignorance-is-bliss angle than I do with most classic cars. For starters, hacking up a standard E30 convertible is no bad thing in my book. I don’t know how many were produced, but I’m sure there are enough to play with without offending the BMW provenance gods. So when I see a project like this, I try to push my preconceptions about E30 M3s out of my brain and open my eyes to a fantastic-looking convertible. Today’s is not gifted with the S50 of the last one but the stock-and-sturdy M20 2.5l. A great swap would put this on a different level, but for now I just can’t stop looking at the damn thing. Objectively, it is one beautiful little convertible.

1990 BMW 325i Cabriolet with M3 body for sale on eBay


Let me start by saying that I’ve owned and built quite a number of BMW e30 convertibles (check my gallery above). This particular example offered for sale in this Ebay listing has to be one of the best out of them all. This is a very clean, meticulously maintained, restored and tastefully modified e30! It was owned by a female owner who took care and maintained this convertible religiously! The car is very tight, free of any interior or exterior shakes/noises. This is rare for e30 convertibles, with the top closed the car feels almost like a coupe but to truly experience it, put the top down and enjoy this topless beauty!

NO RUST ! NO DINGS ! NO DAMAGE ! I have original maintenance receipts for this car, it was always maintained by the BMW dealer!

This e30 convertible should have no problems passing California smog test as there were no aftermarket modifications to the engine, intake or exhaust! Everything works ! I have all books and manuals for this automobile !

ICE COLD A/C works on all settings !

Body: Complete e30 M3 conversion including Front Bumper (Euro Evo III style – no side markers, Custom Shave, Brake Vents, Porsche Rennline Tow hook, Evo II front lip, Evo III style hood seals), e30 M3 front fenders, e30 M3 side skirts, e30 M3 rear bumper (Euro Evo III style – no side markers), F/G e30 M3 rear quarter panels, BMW e30 325iS coupe trunk. Custom Silver metallic paint job – only the best materials were used – primer, paint, clear. Brand New Smoked Euro style smiley Headlights with city lights, Brand New Euro front grills ! Front turn signal indicators and rear taillights have been re-cleared and look new ! Convertible top was replaced some time ago, the top does not leak, rear window is clear ! This convertible looks amazing in person!

Interior: Sport leather interior in excellent condition – no rips or damage, heated front seats, re-covered in new leather rear seat. ZHP shift Knob, Motorsport new leather shift boot. Premium Sound system, Brand New Sony CD/iPod/Iphone player with external plug for connection and removable face. New OEM Amplifier (replaced by the dealer), Avital alarm system with 2 remote controls and LED scanner (you can lock/unlock the doors remotely). Excellent dashboard, Excellent carpet, original BMW mats!

Engine/Suspension/Brakes: The engine has always been maintained (receipts available)! Full tune-up including the Timing belt, Water Pump, tensioner, spark plugs, wires, gaskets, seals and water hoses has been done. Rare BMW Motorsport valve covered (black powder coated) Brand New brakes all around ! (New rotors, pads, sensors, brake fluid flush). Brand New steering rack with warranty ! New Battery ! Recent maintenance included: new idle control valve, valve cover gasket, new rear wheel bearings, new front control arms, off-set bushings. New Bilstein sport shocks and Eibach lowering springs! Exhaust has been replaced ! 5 speed swap with brand new clutch, rear main seal, bearing and clutch slave cylinder ! Everything is in excellent condition! 17″x 8″ BBS RC090 style 5s wheels, powdercoated black, new bolts, new tires, new Carbon Fiber BBS center caps!

There’s no overdone show-car interior or ICE, just a sexy convertible that would be a blast for some coastal top-down days. I covet those BBSes, but get that tow-hook outta here. Swapping out the M20 would surely make it even more fun, but that can be your addition to this project. I’d just make sure there was zero reference of ///M on the car at all and enjoy the car for the what it is.

Starting at $7k, it’s hard to tell what builders want to get out of their projects. The kit definitely makes it worth more than a standard E30 cabriolet, but I still can’t see it going over $10k.

-NR

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

I’ll admit, I’m one of those Porsche 911 fanatics. I’ve never owned one, but certainly plan to before I leave this earth. The new for 2012 911 is still growing on me. I think it looks a bit more sleek from the front angle and the 7-speed manual gearbox is certainly unique. But I think the rear end is a bit too busy with the Porsche script and all of the ones I’ve seen in person have the PDK gearbox. I know, before everyone says it, I know this gearbox is more efficient and faster off the line, but I’m still one of those die hard enthusiasts that prefers to swap cogs myself in a sports car. This 911 Carrera S Cabriolet for sale in Ohio has the PDK but I am smitten with the color combination, even if the interior could be considered a bit outlandish with all that red.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet on JamesList

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 2,100 original miles. Perfect, one owner car, Agate Gray Metallic over Carrera Red, PDK transmission, Premium Package Plus, Carbon fiber steering wheel, carbon trim Deviating stitching (cream) throughout AMAZING color combination! We’ve seen our share of 911s in all sorts of colors, but this one really stands out. The way the Agate Metallic integrates with the Carrera Red interior and top is simply classic. That those finishes are draped over a gorgeous new 991 doesn’t hurt, either! You COULD have a new 991 S cab for around $109,000, but you could have this one, loaded with options, for just a few dollars more. Power Steering Plus, Premium Package Plus with 14 way heated and cooled seats, 20 inch wheels, sport exhaust, extended leather and deviating stitching as far as the eye can see. This car is optioned very, very well.

I think the seller has a point in this advertisement. What’s another $15,000 to $20,000 in options when you are spending six figures anyway? This 911 is well equipped, but it also has me longing for Porsche to make a more simple version for the more serious enthusiast. But, being Porsche, I bet they would charge more for less. Still, I am loving the combination of Agate Gray with the red canvas top and red leather. It makes me think that the new 911 is about as close to a timeless machine that is made currently.

-Paul

1996 BMW 328i Convertible

While the E36 BMW M3 certainly moved the sport compact sedan game forward, there were plenty of other great machines within this 3 series generation that rarely get their due respect. The venerable E30 convertible soldiered on until 1993, when its replacement arrived. Offered in 318i and 325i trim, the E36 convertible was an instant hit and offered an optional hardtop for those colder climates. Initially offered as a 318i (1.9 liter, 138 hp) or the 325i (2.5 liter, 189 hp), the six cylinder variant was upgraded for 1996 to a 2.8 liter engine. This larger six produced only one additional horsepower but packed a bit more torque – 210 lb. ft. versus 181 for the 325i. These days, used E36 convertibles are plentiful and can be had on the cheap. The problem is most are automatic (I prefer three pedals) and most are clapped out, high mileage examples with a multitude of problems.

This 328i convertible for sale in Tennessee, though, has but 53,000 miles on the clock, has obviously been cared for and most importantly, has the 5-speed manual gearbox.

1996 BMW 328i Convertible on eBay

Up for sale is my 5 speed, Calypso Red 1996 BMW 328ic convertible (with both soft & hardtop). It only has 53,442 original miles on it! As you can see from the pics, it’s in excellent shape. The paint is beautiful, the interior is immaculate! The car has never been in an accident and has been babied it’s entire life. Everything is original in the car with the exception of professionally tinted windows (which are needed here in the South). The paint is in fantastic shape. Still very deep and glossy.

The black leather interior all original and beautiful too. There are no holes, cracks, tears etc in any of the leather. The carpet shows no signs of wear at all. The A/C blows very cold and all electronics work (with the exception of the power convertible top). The original owner paid $2295 for the painted hard top, and I believe kept it on the car the entire time. The power top does not work for some reason. The motor looks fine (and brand new). It could be the power top switch or even a fuse. I have not had time to have it checked out. I travel 4 weeks a month now and use a rental car when I’m not flying, so I have no need for a personal car any longer. Here is your chance to own a car with only 53K original miles, that listed new for $47,545, for just a fraction of the price. Furthermore, it’s one of the most beautiful, sought after BMWs of all time! Please look at my feedback score and bid with confidence. I have worked hard to keep a 100% satisfaction with eBay! The car is listed locally, and I reserve the right to end the auction early. Thanks for looking.

Please look at the pics that shows a copy of the car’s original sticker for all options. Here is a break down of upgrade options on this car:

Base Car: $41,330
Sports Pkg: $1275
Heated Seats & Mirrors: $500
Hardtop: $2295
All Season Traction (ASC+T): $1100
Metallic Paint: $475

Most six-cylinder E36 convertibles in mint condition can be had these days for between $7,000 to $12,000. At around $10,000 with a few days left in the auction, we’re right about on the money. While this isn’t the most sporting of 3 series, the manual gearbox makes for a more involved drive, especially on those pleasant spring days or during the early fall, when you are enjoying an unobstructed view of the scenery that comes with top down motoring.

-Paul