5 Surprisingly Affordable Luxury Convertibles
The sun’s out, the top is down, and you’re coasting down a long and winding road. You’re behind the wheel of a 2020 Lamborghini Huracán. Life is good. You feel the warm rays against your face as you enter a straight away. You decide to open the throttle and let the 5.2-liter V-10 engine loose. The adrenaline starts coursing through your body as it connects with 630 horsepower. The speedometer reads 80 MPH, 90 MPH, 100 MPH, 110 MPH. The wind is whipping around you, and for a second you feel like time has frozen.
*BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!
Your Monday morning alarm brings you back to reality and now you are Lamborghini-less. You’ve always wanted a luxury car that you can drive (in real life). Even if the Lamborghini Huracán’s $260,000 price point is beyond your budget, don’t dash hope yet.
We’ve compiled a shortlist of five surprisingly affordable luxury convertibles you can be cruising in, with a budget of under $65,000!
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Convertible
Mercedes is one of those brands that doesn’t go out of style. Driving down the coast in a 1999 model earns just as much respect as a new 2020 version and in some cases more among the thriving Mercedes R129 enthusiast base. The SL 500 features a 5.0-liter V8 SMPI engine with a max output of 302 horsepower, and while you’re not going to be setting any land speed records, your cruising speeds will be smooth under the control of the 5-speed automatic transmission.
The two-seat convertible provides the driver with the traditional German build quality that reassures that they are behind the wheel of a powerful piece of machinery versus a dainty metal cutout. With wood accents and heated black leather seats, the SL 500 provides luxury features for a bargain price. With a mere 66,000 miles on the clock, this 1999 Mercedes SL 500 can be purchased for only $17,900.
2002 BMW M3 Convertible
Another German luxury car manufacturer has crafted the definition of an affordable luxury convertible. The BMW M3 convertible is one of the most recognizable, and beloved convertibles in the United States, especially the E46 generation M3. With sleek black leather interior and a passenger capacity of four, the M3 allows drivers to share their convertible love with friends.
With a bit more punch than the SL 500, the M3 features a 3.2L DOHC inline-six-cylinder engine that produces 333 horsepower. This equates to about a 5 second 0 to 60 MPH time. With exceptional handling, the M3 provides one of the classic, visceral BMW M experiences that cements the brand’s reputation as the ultimate driving machine. Featuring a sequential manual transmission, this M3 version sits with only 23,000 miles on it. If you don’t snag this for a generous $25,900, someone else will, and they won’t be regretting the decision.
2004 Porsche 911 C4S Cabriolet
Porsche 911 carries with it an aura of excellence. As a fan favorite in the luxury industry, the 911 model has provided some of the best driving experiences to date, and it is for that reason that these cars remain a top seller year after year.
The 2004 C4S model features a 3.6-liter DOHC six-cylinder engine with a 315 horsepower at 6800 RPMs. This example features the desirable 6-speed manual transmission that keen drivers will fawn over. Moreover, despite its age, the 996 Carrera 4S will still achieve impressive numbers, such as its top speed of 174 mph, on legal roads like the Autobahn of course. The Porsche 911’s chassis provides a solid foundation that reassures the driver the car won’t be slipping and sliding while taking corners at speed.
Originally retailing for $93,000, you can drive away with this 911 for $49,900. With under 13,000 miles logged, this car’s lifespan has only started.
1988 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet
Ferrari needs no introduction, and there is hardly a reason to explain why the 1988 Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet model, a classic late century luxury sports car, would be a prize in any garage. The Mondial 3.2 saw an engine upgrade from the 3.0-liter V-8 that was present in the Mondial 8 and the 3.4-liter V-8 in the Mondial QV.
This version is also the final Ferrari model that included the lower maintenance costs provided by the 308/328 drivetrain. Unlike some other Ferrari models, the 1988 Mondial 3.2 allows items like the timing belt and clutch to be replaced without removing the engine and transmission from the body; a potential benefit for any needed upkeep. Additionally, Ferrari parts are readily available for the 3.2 since it shares common components with its Mondial predecessors.
This version features the classic Ferrari russo corsa look, and sounds crisp off the cold start. With under 15,000 miles on it, this convertible legend has many more miles left in it. Did you think you could be the owner of a humming Ferrari for only $55,900?
2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible
Premiere. Elegant. Sophisticated. These are just some of the words that come to mind when you see a Bentley drive by. With a Bentley, you’re never going to receive a second rate experience. From wheels to the leather interior, every part of a Bentley is of the highest quality material. The British manufacturer builds cars to last decades and decades — not to be burned and turned like a Toyota Corolla.
The 2007 Continental GTC features a twin-turbocharged W-12 engine. With a timed 5.0 second 0 to 60 MPH, this car packs plenty of get-up-and-go, but the Continental GTC is truly a luxury touring car. With the ability to pack in three other passengers and luggage to boot, this Bentley creation meets at the intersection of high class and practicality.
The 2007 model originally retailed for nearly $200,000, however, you can own one for nearly a fourth of that price — $63,900. Once you sit inside this blacked-out model you’ll understand why Bentley’s luxury cars have such a high price point, the build quality means it looks just as good as it did when it left the production factory in Crewe.
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