: Jennie Garth would be proud....or at least, Rick...



hueterm
10-01-10, 12:15 AM
I had my first ride in an E30 convertible today, and it was like "Brenda" and "Kelly" in '90210' -- Arkansas style. Or as much as you can get driving through a construction zone from my detailer, taking me to my storage facility to pick up another car.

First, I'm not the convertible fan in general. Automatically deploying rollover protection would help alleviate that somewhat -- but over and above that, it's pretty much mandatory that my head not stick out over the top of the windshield. Which was the case in the E30.

Other than a '90s SL, I'm thinking that a 1970 Deville would be more my speed in convertible land IF I were to get one. I'm not big on the neverending sun (I rarely open my sunroof), and like the A/C too much...so I doubt I will.

The one I was in was a POS, but I guess if one were rebuilt like Rick is doing, it would be fun to drive. It was just kind of buzzy and rattling and the interior was trashed... I'd have to go for a mint coupe if I dipped my toe in the E30 pond...and I'd get a stick so I could learn to drive one. All the car mags of the time did nothing but rave on BMW sticks...

orconn
10-01-10, 12:29 AM
BMW manual transmissions are not the best to learn to drive stick with; they really spoil you for when you encounter the cruder mauals out there (Mercedes spring to mind, not mention some of the American varieties). If you got one of the BMW 633 coupes youd have the benefit of the open feeling (with all four windows down) while still having a hard top over your head. Ofcourse you would be able to enjoy the full pleasure of an early 3 series though.

hueterm
10-01-10, 12:30 AM
Yeah, the 5 or 6 would be more my speed. That 3 was pretty tight...

hueterm
10-01-10, 12:34 AM
Holy whorehouse....I might make an exception for this!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1970-CADILLAC-DEVILLE-CONVERTIBLE-ORIG-48-600-MILES-/330478468930?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4cf20d3f42#v4-38

ga_etc
10-01-10, 12:37 AM
I can hear Boss Hogg now... "Rosco, you dipstick! Why'd you let them Duke boys put my car on eBay!?"

hueterm
10-01-10, 12:39 AM
Wasn't his an Eldorado w/horns on the hood?

hueterm
10-01-10, 12:40 AM
LOL -- no it was a Deville, but it did have the horns :-)

ga_etc
10-01-10, 12:41 AM
The movie used an Eldorado. The show was a '70 Deville like that, but with white leather and yes, the obligatory horns.

gdwriter
10-01-10, 12:43 AM
I can hear Boss Hogg now... "Rosco, you dipstick! Why'd you let them Duke boys put my car on eBay!?":bwahaharoll4vu:

orconn
10-01-10, 12:46 AM
Holy whorehouse....I might make an exception for this!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1970-CADILLAC-DEVILLE-CONVERTIBLE-ORIG-48-600-MILES-/330478468930?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4cf20d3f42#v4-38

Ah, yes ... a 1960's convertible! And that one looks like a beaut. I fondly remember the days and nights I had my '62 Cad convertible. For what they were they were reakky hard to beat! All the advantages and sensations of a true "open" but with the confort of a close car when the weather turn bad. I'd still like to have one if I had the garage space!

gdwriter
10-01-10, 12:47 AM
I'm not big on the neverending sun (I rarely open my sunroof), and like the A/C too much...so I doubt I will.You're such a wienie, Mike. :rofl:

Willis Carrier is one of my heroes for a reason. I still remember this special issue of Time celebrating great advancements of the 20th Century, with an essay (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989777,00.html) written by the late, great Molly Ivins:


Would you like to write about Willis H. Carrier?"
"And who the hell might he be?"
"Man who invented air conditioning."
"A lifelong hero of mine!"

hueterm
10-01-10, 12:49 AM
Proudly so. Like I'm going to drive around in the heat in an open convertible and sweat my ass off on the way to a meeting or whatever. I'm the guy that goes out and starts his car 3 minutes early so it cools off before leaving....mmm kay?

Now a day like today or tomorrow is another story entirely. I was going to get the '70 out of storage and the battery must be low as it wouldn't start.... It's been too hot this summer to drive it....

ga_etc
10-01-10, 12:57 AM
Proudly so. Like I'm going to drive around in the heat in an open convertible and sweat my ass off on the way to a meeting or whatever. I'm the guy that goes out and starts his car 3 minutes early so it cools off before leaving....mmm kay?

Now a day like today or tomorrow is another story entirely. I was going to get the '70 out of storage and the battery must be low as it wouldn't start.... It's been too hot this summer to drive it....

Exactly. Convertibles are fair weather vehicles. Anything hotter than 80* and 40% humidity is NOT fair weather.

Night Wolf
10-01-10, 03:04 AM
I had my first ride in an E30 convertible today, and it was like "Brenda" and "Kelly" in '90210' -- Arkansas style. Or as much as you can get driving through a construction zone from my detailer, taking me to my storage facility to pick up another car.

First, I'm not the convertible fan in general. Automatically deploying rollover protection would help alleviate that somewhat -- but over and above that, it's pretty much mandatory that my head not stick out over the top of the windshield. Which was the case in the E30.

Other than a '90s SL, I'm thinking that a 1970 Deville would be more my speed in convertible land IF I were to get one. I'm not big on the neverending sun (I rarely open my sunroof), and like the A/C too much...so I doubt I will.

The one I was in was a POS, but I guess if one were rebuilt like Rick is doing, it would be fun to drive. It was just kind of buzzy and rattling and the interior was trashed... I'd have to go for a mint coupe if I dipped my toe in the E30 pond...and I'd get a stick so I could learn to drive one. All the car mags of the time did nothing but rave on BMW sticks...

Sounds like you would like a '91 318is :)

Age and wear on these cars really hinders what they are all about..... but they just keep going. My 325iC was an entire mess, when I was done with the '92 318iC it was in "similar to newish stock" condition and behaved far better, though the suspension was still a bit soft (stock feeling)

Your head actually stuck out above the roof? All convertibles came stock with Sport seats... basically Recaro couldn't keep up with the demand so BMW produced very similar seats in house.... but they have manual height adjustment.

As for safety, the e30 like many if not all modern convertibles has an integrated roll bar in the windsheild frame. This car was hit, and rolled going 80mph. These little cars are pretty solid.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_0.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_1.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_2.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_3.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_4.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_5.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/timrmoore/Stuart/235036860_P_7.jpg

These cars are not for everyone, and while they were "luxury" cars in their day and still have many luxury features, they are -not- what would be considered a typical luxury car in the Cadillac sense... in fact they are quite the opposite. They tend to be rather raw and a unqie mix of refined-yet-not. The most enjoyment you can get form one, is being behind the wheel and driving -hard.

Night Wolf
10-01-10, 03:06 AM
Exactly. Convertibles are fair weather vehicles. Anything hotter than 80* and 40% humidity is NOT fair weather.

LOLOLOL I drove my Jeep around middle Georgia all Summer long with no top or doors.... except for times of heavy rain, or other times when I had only the safari top on (keep the sun off the interior all day)

It is totally a personality thing. When I drove on 7hr highway trips in my Town Car with working A/C and tinted windows - I still preferred the open and windy feeling with all the windows down.

Night Wolf
10-01-10, 03:09 AM
Yeah, the 5 or 6 would be more my speed. That 3 was pretty tight...

If we are ever in the same location and I've got the e28, you can take it for a spin..... sounds like it would be the 80s BMW of choice for ya ;) Of course if you like the car overall but want more speed/power/handling then a 535i/535is would be the way to go.

hueterm
10-01-10, 03:34 AM
Sounds like you would like a '91 318is :)

Age and wear on these cars really hinders what they are all about..... but they just keep going. My 325iC was an entire mess, when I was done with the '92 318iC it was in "similar to newish stock" condition and behaved far better, though the suspension was still a bit soft (stock feeling)

Your head actually stuck out above the roof? All convertibles came stock with Sport seats... basically Recaro couldn't keep up with the demand so BMW produced very similar seats in house.... but they have manual height adjustment.

As for safety, the e30 like many if not all modern convertibles has an integrated roll bar in the windsheild frame. This car was hit, and rolled going 80mph. These little cars are pretty solid.


Yeah, I'm not sure if it was a 318 or 325, but it had tan leather(ette?) small, bolstered sport seats. They may have been raised -- I didn't know how to lower them.

Night Wolf
10-01-10, 04:03 AM
325i would have had fog lights, cruise control, 13-button OBC (vs 6), overhead check panel and of course, 2 extra cylinders among other smaller things