2005 BMW M3 SMG

This 2005 E46 M3 is an unusual spec: a highly optioned slicktop coupe. SMG transmission, silver over imola red interior with full power seats, and HID xenon lights.

With 111,000 miles, a new clutch, service records, and what appears to be good cosmetic condition, this one looks promising. Find it in Austin for an asking price of $13,800.

Some interesting E46 resources:

Grassroots Motorsports project car

EVO Review and buyer’s guide

E46 M3 Stats

Model Years: 2001-2006

Engine: S54 3.2l straight-six, 333 hp / 262 ft-lb torque

Weight: 3,415 lbs (coupe)

Body styles (and North American production): Coupe (26,202) / convertible (17,577)

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1998 BMW 323is

The E36 3-series BMW is coming into its own as a classic German sports sedan/coupe.

This 323is slicktop looks like it might be a nice way to get into the E36 world.

A turbine-smooth inline-6 engine, 96,000 miles, attentive owner, lots of recent maintenance, and a slicktop roof add up to a very nice car if everything checks out. The only negative is the automatic transmission.

For more on the 323, check out this review by Richard Hammond (of TopGear fame), or this Motorweek review.

BMW 323is Stats:

Engine: 2.5-Liter, Dohc, 24-valve, In-line 6 Cylinder

Horsepower: 168

Torque: 181 Lb Feet

0-60 MPH: 7.3 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 15.5 Seconds @ 90 MPH

1977 Porsche 911S Project Roller

If you are mechanically adept and interested in investing your time and talent, a project 911 can be a great, affordable way to get into Porsches. It could also be a nightmarish rusting money pit, so proceed with caution.

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This project 911S with no engine looks like it could be promising for a spec racer or DE car and is worth a look, especially since it is a slicktop!

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Find it on Pelican Parts, a great source for air-cooled Porsche parts and information.

1966 Porsche 912 Project

The Porsche 912 is a beautiful factory mashup of a 356 and a 911. Think of it as an improved 356, and entry level 911, or the ultimate beetle. For what the car magazine’s thought of them at the time, check out this Car & Driver comparison of the 912 against the 911 models in 1969. However you look at it, the 912 is a special car.

Here is a solid-looking 912 project in Oklahoma for $8500 (or $10,200 with engine). Rust looks minimal but reconstruction looks significant. Still, could be a solid deal.

2010 Porsche GT3

The 997.2 GT3 (2010-2012) is the last of the Le Mans-winning, GT1- derived Mezger-engined GT Porsches and the final manual-transmission GT car until Porsche came to their senses and resurrected the manual gearbox for the 991.2. It is a beautiful, classic Porsche that is both an instant classic and a solid future investment.

(Brief aside: for an interesting comparison of the first three GT3s, check this out.)

This low-mileage (14,xxx mi), one-owner 2010 GT3 is in the proper Motorsport white with the all-important slicktop. At $117,575, it is priced well for a coddled weekend driver that apparently has seen no track time (shame).

2008 BMW M3 Sedan – Manual Slicktop

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Here is a rare sight: a manual, slicktop E90 M3 for sale with modest mileage and the lighter-weight, better-handling 18″ wheels. Yum.

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As BMW fanbois know, with the E90 (sedan) / E92 (coupe) / E93 (cabriolet), BMW dropped the legendary inline-6 engine for a somewhat scandalous 4 liter V8 motor. Was BMW going Detroit? Not really – the V8 was lighter than the previous 3.2 liter inline 6 from the E46 M3, produced 400 hp, and sounded like an Italian exotic when it revved.

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Besides weak low-end torque (very un-American) and weak rod bearings, it is a marvelous engine, as is the rest of the car. With the E9x generation BMW came back to their senses and offered a sedan again (available in the 1990s E36 generation, but dropped for the E46), and it is certainly the most practical package for making an M3 part of your daily routine.

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This particular M3 is a one-owner California car with 61,000 miles and is listed on Bring-a-Trailer. Wearing “Sparkling Graphite Metallic” paint over a black leather interior, this M3 is really an excellent spec: no sunroof! 6-speed manual! sensible 18″ wheels! No ridiculous BMW front-grill stripes! Buy Now!

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2016 Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche’s 991 generation of the 911 was a quantum leap forward in many ways but it also moved the Carrera closer to grand tourer than sports car.

To rectify that in the non-GT cars, Porsche offered the GTS, which is the closest you can get to a GT3 in a Carrera model. Incidentally, since the 991.1 GT3 was only available with a dual-clutch automatic (aka PDK), the GTS was the closest you could get to a GT3 with a manual transmission.

This 2016 GTS is finished in rare Agate grey and is special because it was ordered special with lightness and performance in mind. The owner spec’d ceramic brakes (a $8500 option), manual gearbox (7-speed), and most importantly – a slicktop roof, and avoided most of the heavy luxury options. Sold new with an MSRP of over $130,000, the original owner is selling it with 6800 miles and an asking price of $120,000.