I’m not sure if this olelongrooffan has shared with my fellow Hoons the fact that I have owned three, count them 3, different E30 convertibles. As a matter of fact, the first one I bought for then wife as a surprise on Valentine’s Day, 1996 so pissed her off that I traded my Jeep Cherokee Limited for the first gen Honda minivan she really wanted the next freakin’ day. Why do I share this information?
Well, after we split up, I sold that ragtop, which she wanted in the split and thanks to TheGoodAttorney that didn’t happen. Well anyway, I decided to part ways with that beautiful ivory over tan leather vert in favor of a second gen Sable wagon. Hey! I am the longrooffan.
A year or so later, I was thinking about a new Mini and drove over to Miami to check them out. They wanted $5K over sticker and, quite frankly, F that. I headed back to my then home of Naples and got on all things bay that are e. At that time a separate section had not yet been set up for the new Mini so they were listed under BMW.
I logged on and hit BMW and up popped my soon to be new oleragtop just 15 miles from home.
It was offered by the Bonita Springs location of my local Cadillac dealership. My girlfriend, at the time, and this olelongrooffan headed up to check it out. It was in rough shape, needing paint, rotors, struts, top, but the leather interior was in great shape. After a test drive, I returned to the dealer. This was their first time offering a vehicle through ebay and all of the bidders, except me, had no feedback so I kind of figured there was some shill bidding going on. The current bid was $2,350. I told those boys that I had been on ebay for several years and kind of knew how it worked. I then offered them $1,500. The manager looked at his guys and said okay, so long as you log on here and end this auction now and give us good feedback. I did so but neglected to leave the feedback and drove that ragtop off the lot then and there. Appropriate feedback was left later by this olelongrooffan.
So, now where the hell was I?
Oh yeah, my brother did a cosmetic restoration of that oleragtop one summer after I had moved to Slocala, Florida. Yeah, about two weeks of work and a summer of his wife driving my ragtop all over the greater Daytona Beach area. But I finally got it back and all was cool.
Then, one evening while driving home from work, as I was turning left to begin the last mile of roadway to my home, I was clipped by a tattoo bearing, slave wearing, two carseat riding toddlers in the back seat, with her boy-toy in the front passenger seat, young muffin top on her way home from a day at the springs. Whatever that means.
Well, as my fellow Hoons can see, my gold oleragtop was totalled and that yellow light running little chickadee didn’t get the citation. I got it because I violated her right of way. Running a yellow light or not!! Yeah! $186 and three points.
So, I parked that wrecked ragtop in my warehouse at work and was just waiting for the right deal to come along.
And it did.
After I moved over here to the Birthplace of Speed, I was checking out the infamous Craigslist and spotted this black beauty up in the Jacksonville area looking for $1,500 OBO or trade. I called the dude up and told him I would be interested in trading my somewhat troublesome Volvo 850 for it. He told me to come on up and we struck a deal. Ironically enough he had owned two 850’s previous to this and I left Jax with my third E30 oleragtop, this one needing an interior, I had one, a roof, I had one, and five hundred bucks in my pocket. So I switched out all of the newer parts from my oleragtop to my new oleragtop, stripped every part I could think of off that gold ragtop, including the uncracked dashboard and sold the remains to a salvage yard down in MickeyMouseLand.
So now, I am sure my fellow Hoons are saying “WTF? longroof”
Well, since I sold that oleragtop last fall, I have really been jones-ing for another E30 and tonite Mr. Emslie was able to find one for me, less than an 8 hour drive from my Taj Mahal.
However, I think the price might be just a bit out of my range. What do my fellow Hoons think?
thanks to Rob for the inspiration and the link.