As brilliant as the E46 M3 (2001-2006) was, it was lacking in variety. BMW deigned to give enthusiasts only a Coupe and convertible M3, forcing wagon and sedan fans into the cold, harsh environment of Audi, Mercedes, and Volvo dealerships.
BMW did build one E46 M3 wagon, but only as a giant tease.
Some ingenious enthusiasts in New Zealand have taken matters into their own skilled hands and created a very genuine looking 2004 M3 Touring, and it is now for sale. Finished in Silver, this M3 has 180k km (112k miles) and is offered for 48,000 New Zealand Kiwis, which is equivalent to about $34,000 American greenbacks. Even better, it is a slicktop! There are a few potential downsides, though, as it is right hand drive and is fitted with the SMG auto manual gearbox. Still, a special car definitely worth a trip to New Zealand to check out.
We are big fans of the E46 M3 here at Slicktopia. In fact, we’ve had two and the current mascot of Slicktopia is a 2004 slicktop M3. BMW just got it so right with the E46 M3, with a S54 333 hp straight-six engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a timeless design. A slicktop with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox is a very rare combo (less than 10% built in that configuration) and makes the M3 go to 11.
This 2003 M3 slicktop manual in Imola Red has the extra-special and rare manual cloth seats. It looks to be a solid salt-free southern example with good maintenance history. It is listed it on M3forum with 142,000 miles and an asking price of $15,900.
The 1972 vintage Porsche 911 is special because it was the only year that Porsche offered an external door for adding engine oil. In an effort to improve weight distribution, in 1972 Porsche moved the engine oil tank from behind the passenger-side rear wheel well to in front of the rear wheel well. This increased the weight within the wheelbase and improved handling. To facilitate adding oil to the tank, Porsche created a small external door on the right-rear quarter panel, much like the fuel door, which was placed on the driver’s side front fender.
Unfortunately, inattentive gas-station attendants were prone to fill the oil tank with gasoline, so Porsche moved the oil tank back where it was, and removed the oil-filler door for 1973 on.
This 1972 911T, the base-model at the time, is finished in Gold Metallic over black and is a one-owner car with a slicktop and a binder full of records that includes the original dealer invoice! It is for sale on Pelican Parts with 55,400 miles and an asking price of $96,000. Wow.
What do you do when you want a classic Ferrari with room for the family, but can’t stomach the service expense of a V12?
You buy a Fiat. Specifically, a 1967-1973 Fiat Dino.
The Dino was a beautiful collaboration, with the coupes styled by Bertone and the convertibles styled by Pininfarina. The convertibles are rarer and (to most eyes) more beautiful, but both versions have Ferrari’s lion-hearted four-cam V6 from the 206GT, which was stuffed into these models in order to homologate the engine for Ferrari’s racing plans. Hemmings has a great review of the model here.
This 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe is red all over, and appears to be a solid, driveable project. Even better, it is a slicktop. As a California car, rust appears minimal, and with less than 45,000 miles, it looks like it could be a good deal for an asking price of $15,950.
A return to form for slicktopia, but first: HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🍾🎆Wishing all you slicktop fans a prosperous, healthy, and sunroof-free 2018.
The 964 generation Porsche 911 (1989-1994 in USA) came with a bit of trickery from Porsche. They gave the world a stripped-down, power-boosted motorsport-derived 911 called the Carrera RS that was 350 pounds lighter than the standard Carreras, but Porsche sent the RS America to, well, America. It lacked all the motorsport goodies and weight reduction, but had a slightly stripped down interior and a whale tale. The indignity of the watered-down RS America model was plastered right on the deck lid.
Fortunately, with the 25-year Rule, we can now import the genuine 964 Carrera RS to America. Unfortunately, you may have to live in it, because you’ll have to sell the house to pay for it; these cars are very expensive.
Here is a beautiful Japanese-market 1992 RS Carrera in Polar Silver with a limited slip differential, slicktop, extensive service history, and only 22,507 miles on the clock with an asking price of $365,000. Located in California with the all-important CA smog certificate and a US title.