Convertible Week: 10k-mile BMW M Roadster

In my esoteric neck of the online-car-woods, the Z3/M Roadster is almost entirely overlooked as the M Coupe is so many bushels of weird awesomeness. As a huge clownshoe fan myself, I’m as guilty as any for letting BMW’s smallest convertible lay hidden in the shadows. On a 90-degree day in the Bay Area, however, I’m thinking how great any one of these convertibles would be to cruise the coast. Today’s practically-new M Roadster would do just fine, and I can already hear the sweet S52 smoothly spinning out of the unique-for-the-time quad exhaust. It comes with a hardtop that, while no shooting brake, lends a tone of seriousness to the premium-buyers’ Miata. The price may shock at first, but with just 10,000 miles an an ///M-badge it starts to make sense.

1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay

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1998 M Roadster. Only 10,000 miles. one owner and perfect condition. I have everything that came form the factory with the car including all books. Factory Hardtop is also included. Please give me a call to discuss.

Not much description for a car whose value is based on, hopefully, thoughtful lack of use and condition. I guess he thinks it needs no more explanation. Low mileage, very fun, convertible, M-car. The only issue with this valuation is who really wants to keep this thing in a garage? They will be the last late-90s M-car to appreciate. Either get it because you want a nearly-new one and don’t care about money, or go find an S54 model for $5k less and have more fun.

-NR

Convertible Week: 1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet

Timeless doesn’t begin to describe the looks of the 911 no matter the generation and this 993 is certainly no exception. In the Porsche lineup, the 993 is the sweet spot as far as I’m concerned. The 993 is the highest evolution of the air-cooled cars and the 3.6 liter boxer six pushed the C4 to 60 in 5.7 seconds (5.2 for the C2) and topped out at 168 mph. Not too bad for a six cylinder. The 993 was the last car before the “ugly years” as I like to call them, when Porsche gave the 911 one of the worst face lifts it had ever had. Which ever generation you prefer, this low mileage 993 C4 for sale in Springfield, Missouri is a cool nice weather cruiser.

Year: 1995
Model: 993 C4 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.6 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $56,900 Buy It Now

1995 Porsche 993 C4 Cabriolet on eBay

 1995 993 “C4″ Cabriolet. Raven black with Porsche black leather. Awesome hand picked example with some super trick options! Only 33K sunny day miles. Shines like black marble. Equipment includes:

3.6 liter 270 bhp motor with hydraulic self adjusting valve lifters
Dual knock sensors
Resonant induction system
Dual exahaust
Vented disc brakes with ABS
Limited slip differential with ABD front and rear stabilizer bars
18” Technology alloy wheels
Power top and headlight washers
Power steering
Filtered A/C system
Central locking
Alarm system
Full power drivers seat with partial power passenger seat
Metal door sill with crest
Aluminum shifter and brake handle with carbon fiber inlays
Head restraint with Porsche crest
AM/FM CD with Hi Fi sound system speakers
European lowering springs
Gemballa Turbo S aero kit with front integrated spoiler
Vented side skirts and rear spoiler with integrated third brake light and chrome exhaust tips

Wow, what a cool looking car! Corners and looks like a slot car! So much fun it ought to be against the law! Just serviced and passed a 100 point PPI inspection. Just in time for the sun to come out. Buy it! You’ll love it. Money isn’t worth anything unless you spend it. Will trade.

This is a beautiful low mileage car with great mods. Gemballa is one of my favorite Porsche tuners, even though their stuff tends to be on the wild side. That said, I’m not sure where the $56K price tag is coming from. With a top dollar retail value of $45K, I don’t see where the other $10K is coming from. The modifications could add about $5K, but all in all I feel this is a $47,000 car all day long. With less than two days left on the auction, I’ll be curious to see if anyone bites.

-Brian