of the Golf platform (Golf hatch/coupe/sedan/GTI) and that was certainly the case in 1986 when this Golf Cabrio was born. It was sold alongside the Mk2, but sits on a Mk1 chassis and is one of the nicer preserved Cabrios you’ll find on craigslist. Find this 1986 Volkswagen Cabriolet offered for $12,500 in New Canaan, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Who doesn’t love a nice looking C4 Corvette offered in a shade of white paint with matching white wheels — this is so late 80s/early 90s that it might as well be a mix tape on cassette. It comes as a seller submission from DT regular David S who writes: Yes, it’s mine. Yes it’s a good deal on a nice 6-speed Corvette, as the gods intended. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $8500 in Tampa, FL via craigslist.
We featured a chopped Silverado the other day that was generally appreciated by the crowd for being tidy and subtle modification. However, today’s next feature is anything but understated. It does appear to be a decently conceived 4 seat convertible pickup truck conversion, which is not something you hear very often. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado offered for $6000 in Buffalo, MN via fleecebook mothership.
This next car put me into a spin for a few minutes. I’m certain I’ve seen a convertible 300ZX from the Z32 generation before, but I didn’t recognize the roll hoop — it almost looks like a Bauer Targa conversion or something similarly custom. But maybe that makes sense because the convertible version did not come from a Japanese factory and instead was an American Specialty Cars (ASC) conversion done in the States at the request of US dealers. Find this 1996 Nissan 300ZX Convertible offered for $6,800 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
The Chrysler LeBaron was by 1987 a K-car pile of parts that was using the legendary Chrysler badge as an attempt to trick people into thinking it was a personal luxury car. But not even a VNT (variable nozzle turbine) equipped turbocharger attached to a Chrysler Turbo II 4-banger could make a K-car (okay, technically this is a J-body) anything other than…oh boy, I don’t want to upset the K-car-community again, so I’ll be nice. Find this 1990 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo GTC Convertible offered for $4,200 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Tyler.
It seems like only yesterday when Volkswagen Cabrios seemed to clog SoCal freeways with their tops down and in the sun. A few decades later, and I have to wonder where they went? Probably to the crusher by the thousands, but the few that remain are pretty beaten up, so it is nice to find […]
Cars that are born to be driven hard around race tracks or tricky mountain roads (lookin’ at you Nurburgring) need to have certain assets like power, handling, and torsional rigidity. But if you chop the top off that same car, you’ve now got something that is more for cruising and now the vehicular aesthetics are more important than the ratio spacing of the gearbox. Because when you’ve got a soft top, you need cool looking wheels…and this next car delivers in spades. Find this 1983 Toyota Celica ST convertible offered for $8900 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist.
The Saab 9-3 was built on the GM2900 platform which was shared with the Opel Vectra, Saab 9-5 and Saturn L-something-that-you’ll-quickly-forget. Anyway, the 9-3 was a replacement for the outgoing Saab 900, which had transitioned from classic Saab platform to some GM based thing in 1994…but the 9-3 still kept a degree of Saabiness that is clear and appreciated by Saab fans. The Viggen model was a nod in name to the Swedish fighter Jet, but it was unmistakably a reincarnated Saab 99 Turbo. With 230 horsepower and gobs of torque in a 2.3 B235R turbo 4-cylinder, this was a car that had more forward thrust that it’s competition, particularly in the 40-70mph range where turbo Saabs are known for spanking sports cars and muscle cars alike. Find this 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible offered for $7200 in Boise, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
WHOA! A ’60s Lotus Elan for $10k? This thing is just a few cans of spray paint and some bed-liner to cover the frame rust away from being a $50k car on one of those fancy car auction sites. Take some dramatic photos, add a made up back story about the legacy of the previous owner and step 3 — profit. Find this 1968 Lotus Elan offered for $10,900 in Sarasota, FL via hemmings. Tip from BP.
If you found yourself in the position of being forced to drive a convertible with a Chevrolet LT1 V8, I can imagine you could say no to the ’96 Roadmaster with the “custom” chop-top or the ’95 TTrans Am without a title…but this next car has a title and is an original Vette Convertible with a low 42k miles on it. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible offered for $12,500 in Pleasant Hill, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!