Saturday, April 20, 2019

Spring Is Here! Three Convertibles...

It's going to be 70 degrees or more this weekend. That may not mean much to those of you who live in the south or southwest, but for those of us in New England (or some of the other cold areas of the country) that's a big deal. It has got me thinking about top down driving...

1996 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible - I'm not a fan of Cadillacs from the 1980s and 1990s. They are making some good cars now and the 1970s and earlier cars are interesting for their sheer size and outrageousness, but Cadillac for the most part lost its way from the 1980s through the early 2000s. (I do like the Allanté, though. I'm not sure why ;-))

Having said all that, this 1996 Cadillac Eldorado caught my attention. It started life as a regular Eldorado coupe. It was then shipped to Coachbuilders Limited, who converted it into a convertible. Coachbuilders Limited is still in business, although they are now called Drop Top Customs. They are still making some interesting convertibles.

The seller says this car appeared in the movie "Grown Ups" and shows some pictures in his ad to prove that.

The car is not in show condition, but looks like a very nice daily driver. It's powered by Cadillac's Northstar engine, which is a wonderful engine when it's running right, but needs more than its fair share of maintenance. The asking price is $9999.00 or best offer.

Located in Farmingdale, NJ, click here to see the Hemmings ad.

2009 Saab 9-3 "Spring Edition" - Now this is more my style.

I am still pissed off about GM killing off Saab. By the time this car was built the engineers / designers at Saab had figured out how to incorporate GM parts into the car yet still make it feel and drive like a real Saab. The last 9-3s were really good cars. But, just a few years after this car was built, Saab was dead.

Basically, the "Spring Edition" is a 9-3 with some special trim. The seller says that only 24 of these were built and just 7 had this color combo.

Based on the sellers's description and pictures, this car looks to be in spectacular condition. If you're looking for a summer car that is unique looking, reliable and fun to drive, this Saab 9-3 could be the perfect car.

Located in Grafton, WI, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1992 Infiniti M30 - This is another one of those "When did you last see one of these?" cars.

Nissan introduced the Infiniti brand in 1989. Its first car, the The Q45 was a big luxurious sedan. It was a hit for Nissan / Infiniti. Nissan know that no brand could survive or thrive with just one model, so in late 1989 (as a 1990 model) they introduced the Infiniti M30.

The M30 was really nothing more than a rebadged, americanized, Nissan Leopard. In theory, that wasn't a bad thing. The Leopard was a highly regarded personal luxury car in Japan. Unfortunately, the body style had been around since 1986 and it was no longer modern or exciting looking. Instead of looking like a BMW 3 Series competitor, it looked more like a Toyota, if Toyota had built a coupe or convertible version of the Camry.

All M30s started life as coupes. The convertible was created by ASC in California. ASC used to be the "go to company" for manufactures who wanted to create convertible versions of their cars. Their work was top notch.

This M30 looks to be in very nice shape and has just 96,000 miles on it. The asking price is $3999.00.

If you're looking for a small, rare (just 6000 or so were built), semi-luxurious - albeit somewhat invisible - convertible, this M30 is worth checking out.

Located in Palm Beach County, FL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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