The first generation Volvo S60 (the “P2” generation for some reason) ran for eight years (2000-2007) and was designed to compete with the E46 BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C Class, but it never really did. The only people cross-shopping the BMW 3-series and the S60 were more likely to have their finger to the wind of neighborhood fashion than assessing the steering response and handling of the cars. Because if they did, the BMW wins that matchup every time.
But not always. There is a breed of Volvo customers that are fiercely loyal (often born from a college-era brick packed full of memories), and for those that also happen to be driving enthusiasts the good people of Torslanda built the S60 R.
Volvo packed the R full of performance goodies to go along with all the safety gear. A 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 engine produces 300 hp and shot the S60R to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. It also sports a Haldex all-wheel-drive system and a three-mode suspension settings. All in 2004. Impressive!
While most S60Rs were sullied with a sunroof, this particular R is a slicktop and a 6-speed manual to boot. With only 58,000 miles there is plenty of life left for this battleship grey sports sedan. Bidding is at $7,700 with four days remaining on the auction.
The lovely e46 M3 (2001-2006) is even lovelier without a sunroof, I think we can all agree. (If you don’t, please go away).
This 2002 M3 is not only a slicktop, but it is a low-mileage (36,000 miles!) example, with good service records, in a rare color combination: Steel grey over Cinnamon leather interior.
This is an unusual spec (probably special ordered), as it has the optional xenon lights and the Harman/Kardon stereo along with the all-too-rare manual seats and a slicktop. The dull, Germanic exterior color goes really well with the baseball-glove colored interior. This one is on auction at Bring-a-Trailer for the second time in a year. So lightning strikes twice for whoever missed out the first time.
In our fifth round of salivating over 964 Porsches to be auctioned in March at Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s, we turn to the infamous but still fabulous RS America. When Porsche created an homage to the arguably perfect 1973 Carrera RS with the 1992 911 Carrera RS, it decided not to share it with Americans. Sad. Too hard core for the doughy American buyer, they thought.
Instead, Porsche sent us a faux RS in 1993 and 1994, called the RS America. Based on the Standard Carrera 2, it had a slightly stripped interior, non-power steering, no air conditioning, no radio, no sunroof (yeah!), no cruise control, non-powered side mirrors, RS door cards with strap door pulls, sport suspension, and a whale tale. The air conditioning, radio, and sunroof could be (and generally were) added back for no charge. Still, it was 77 lbs less than a C2 at just under 3,000 lbs. it was no RS, but it was the closest we got (excepting the 45 race-intended cup cars) and, when judged on its own merit, the RS America is fantastic car. Just not as fantastic as the RS.
This RS America in silver over black with red accents is an all-important slicktop and has only 1,633 miles. Offered without a reserve, so we can all dream of a great deal, but it is expected to hit at least $200,000. Good luck out there.
The upcoming RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island is the slicktop Porsche 964 gift that keeps on giving.
Up next is this Silver over black 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS slicktop. The RS has been enjoyed a bit, with 38,598 miles (the speedometer and odometer have been converted to MPH and miles, as God intended), but it looks factory fresh in the photos.
The RS was a non-US motorsports version of the 911 Carrera, with a higher output 3.6 flat-six, air-cooled engine, a stripped-out interior, and lightening throughout-magnesium wheels, aluminum hood, and thinner glass added up to 345 lbs in weight savings over the US- spec Carrera 2. Plus, the RS chassis was seam welded to make it stiffer – and better. Also making this one better is a slicktop roof. Much better indeed. For more reading check out this article about the RS from Total911.
Next up in our profile of slicktops in RM Sotheby’s impending 964 bonanza is the Porsche 911 RSR.
Only 51 Carrera RSRs were crafted by Porsche. They were road-legal track-ready beasts, never officially imported to our shores. The RSR sported 964 Turbo bodywork with a 350 hp 3.8 liter flat-six engine, roll cage, seam-welded chassis, and a big wing.
This one is expected to fetch over $1 Million at auction.
If you missed the first installment, here’s the deal: RM Sotheby’s is presenting a truly stellar collection of 964 generation Porsche 911s in March. We are profiling each of the non-sunroof (slicktop) offerings one-by-spectacular-one.
Next up is an incredibly rare and bonkers Porsche 911 RS 3.8. With the 3.8, Porsche took the RS to the next level of performance and let its freak flag fly (in a purely functional way) by adding the turbo body, a huge wing, an even lower ride height, and a bigger engine (3.8 liter air-cooled flat six). Only 55 we’re built. Shame. Naturally, something this amazing is a slicktop. It also won’t come cheap. The auction estimate is $1.2-$1.5 million.
We’ve gushed about the 964 generation of the Porsche 911 before, but here’s a little more: it is the pinnacle of the classic air-cooled 911. The 993 is epic in its own way, but it was a transition to a new era. The 993 looked forward while the 964 was a celebration and culmination of the original 911. And that is why we love it.
Some of the very best 964s didn’t make it to America, sadly, but that is changing as more cars qualify for importation under the 25-year rule (this year, 1993 production cars can be registered for street use).
RM Sotheby’s is doing its part to get special 964s to the people. Their Amelia Island auction on March 10 will present “the 964 Collection,” which includes some very special 964s, many of which are slicktops. We will profile each model separately, because they deserve it.
First up is the 1991 Porsche 911 Cup – the closest the USA got to a real Carrera RS, Porsche imported the Cup cars for a still-born racing series. When the racing series never got off the ground, the cars were quietly sold through the dealer network. Cup 964s had more power (265 hp), a welded roll-cage, a modified chassis set-up, lowered 55 mm, stripped interior,no power steering, and no sunroof! Fortunately for road drivers, the Cup did have a catalytic converter and ABS. This one is finished in White over black interior with only 19,000 miles. The auction estimate is $250,000-$325,000. Time to cash in that Bitcoin.