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2003 Audi A4 3.0 Sport Cabriolet (Manual) View Photo Dossier

2003 Audi A4 3.0 Sport Cabriolet: Striking and distinctive colour combination of Atlas Grey Pearlescent paintwork with Carmine Red cloth hood and Light Grey Pearl Nappa full soft leather upholstery. The original and rare 18-inch Audi S-Line alloy wheels complete the tasteful package.

This is a very rare specification car which makes it one of the most attractive Audi A4 Cabriolets for sale in the country, you will not chance upon another like this in a hurry. It also happens to be totally factory standard, bereft of any tacky modifications and comes with a full and documented service history, this was Audi main dealer maintenance up to 100K and independent Audi specialist servicing thereafter. It has a low number of owners, the current gentleman keeper has owned the car for four years and the car is HPI clear with certificate. Its impeccable provenance differentiates my A4 cabriolet from the average offerings for sale as does its outstanding condition.

This handsome and modern classic soft-top is not fitted with the ubiquitous and peaky 1.8T four-cylinder entry model engine but the range-topping 3.0 litre V6 30 valve engine with variable camshaft timing resulting in an impressive and effortless 220PS giving a maximum speed of 151mph and the 0-60mph dash in 7.8 seconds. The 3.0 front-wheel drive model is rare enough but this one distinguishes itself further by having the rare manual transmission specified rather the usual lazy (and notoriously problematic) Multitronic automatic gearbox, the manual cogs swapping turns this car into a real performance car and appealing driver’s car.

Furthermore the soundtrack is something to behold, a rich and deep-chested V6 burble that sounds both muscular and cultured, making the 1.8T sound quite impotent by comparison. If you have had a sad life and had your ears become inured to the dismal clatter (however well insulated) and whistling turbos of commonplace dirty diesels, then you will really be in for an aural treat as the engine note and exhaust rasp from this car is utterly beguiling. I have owned a good few Porsche 928 5.0 litre V8s and other big and brawny motors and the noise that this 3.0 emits is up there with the best.

Not only is the manual 3.0 V6 car faster than both the Multitronic and Quattro versions but it is more frugal too, and considering what a heavyweight car it is and how fast it is, the fuel consumption is nothing short of staggering, I achieve 30mpg+ with ease, and I do not hang around. I have not experienced another engine of this size giving such outstanding fuel consumption.


Not only is the 3.0 litre much stronger in performance than the 1.8T but having an extra two cylinders makes it creamily smooth too, as V6's are famed for being. This is especially relevant when driving with the roof down as it encourages your driving style to alter from being of the press-on type to sauntering around at a more leisurely pace, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air and marvelling at the refinement of the drive train.

I must point out now why it is so important to favour a manual transmission in an A4 Cabriolet and it is because the more commonly specified "Multitronic" automatic transmission is such a flakey piece of technology and really a ticking time bomb for very expensive and specialist repairs.

The clutch and flywheel were replaced 20,000 miles ago so one could easily expect a good ten years or 100,000 miles before this job is required again. The action and take up on the clutch is superb and cannot be faulted. There is no trace of whine from the gearbox and the changes are always very satisfying, crisp, slick and ultra precise. Changing down a gear is actually a pleasure as simply feels special going through the gears.

This alluring Carmine Red cabriolet roof is probably the single item that make my Audi Cabriolet stand out from the crowd, it looks beautiful, very classy and extremely distinctive. It is actually a talking point, EVERYONE comments on how lovely the red roof is! If this Carmine Red mohair number gets a ten from you, then be aware that you will struggle to find another car in this beguiling colour scheme. While it was not an extra-cost option to have the hood in red instead of the ubiquitous black, it is nonetheless a very rare colour way and therefore all the more desirable.

The power-operated roof works at the touch of a button, no catches to mess about with or hood covers to pop on, the whole sequence is fully automatic and achieved from the comfort of your sports driving seat. It works exactly as it should each and every time.

The highest quality mohair roof is in wonderful condition, no rips or stains, zero evidence of algae or mould build up and totally water-tight, but also free from draughts too.

There is only the lightest of wear to the driver's seat bolster and the interior has definitely been looked after as it is quite immaculate and will stand up to future miles better than the mock suede alacantara seat fabric panels that many A4 Cabriolets seem to have from this era, which stains and bobbles in a heartbeat. The gloss grey door panel and dashboard inserts suit the car more than artificial wood inserts would and give the car a more sporting and contemporary feel which ties in well with the striking exterior. There are no cigarette burns, no broken or damaged trim, the wear to the steering wheel, gearknob and pedal rubbers is negligible and the interior really does an excellent job of belying its 12 year vintage convincingly.

The door shuts and door jambs are equally immaculate, normally one would expect to see a decade of old blackened grease, leaves and generally unattractive gunk when opening the doors and surveying the hinge areas, but this car looks factory fresh and again reinforces the overall impression of being a cherished specimen that this car conveys throughout.

The automatic climate control system works exactly as it should, the temperature adjustment and distribution flap motors operate perfectly, it is not uncommon for these flap motors to play up and it is fiddly and expensive to fix, so I am happy to report that there are no such glitches here. The air-conditioning blows absolutely ice cold and is fully charged, so again this is something that does not need money pouring into it as it works properly. The red digital displays on both the heating system and instrument display exhibit no pixellation or "bleeding" whatsoever and look as smart as they did when new.

There are two original remote control fob keys, both working correctly.

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1990 Rover Metro 1.4 GS View Photo Dossier

1990/H Rover Metro 1.4 GS: Rare luxury flagship model of the original Rover Metro line up finished in the ultimate colour scheme of British Racing Green with opulent Stone Beige leather upholstery.

Factory original car, low mileage, low owners and FSH. This car cost close to £11,000 in 1990 which was a substantial sum indeed as one could buy two entry level 1.1C Metros for the price of one GS. While I would not give a 1.1c a moment's consideration however, a 1.4 GS is a special Metro - and this one of mine is the only one I have seen in the metal, and I am a life long Metro aficionado.

Rather than the later and more commonplace GSI Metro, this GS benefits from the faster and more charismatic 1.4 carburettor K-series engine with no catalytic convertor to stifle its oomph, the performance is superior to that of an MG Metro and the GS is more frugal, substantially more refined and so much more pleasurable to drive with its super slick Peugeot-derived 5-speed transmission - world's apart from the whining and recalcitrant in-sump 4-speed 'box from the Austin Metro.

The interior is the principle lure of the GS, leather upholstery, burr walnut dashboard and door cappings, deep cut-pile carpeting, electric windows, central locking, tinted glass, sunroof, rev counter, remote control wing mirrors, 4-speaker radio/cassette player and central cassette stowage console, variable intermittent wipe and rear wash wipe make this the most comprehensively equipped Metro of them all.

The last two keepers have owned this Metro for a decade each and it comes not only with a fully stamped up service book but a dossier of invoices, all its original booklets, an original Rover Metro sales brochure, separate Rover "Colours & Interior Trims" brochure and a selection of contemporary road tests when the "Metromorphosis" Rover Metro was revealed in 1990. The spare wheel and tyre have never been used and there is the full array of original tools and jacking kit. One key operates all door locks and there is a spare too. HPI clear with certificate.

I have had my specialist perform a major engine service including fitting a new timing belt and water pump, new HT leads, distributor cap and rotor arm, rocker cover gasket, Bosch battery. New front brake discs and pads, new rear brake drum linings and cylinders as well as new brake fluid. As the car is so rare I also had a brand new clutch kit fitted.

The car is a delight to drive and really is a spirited and zingy motor and having such a well executed luxury interior (Rover really did excel in producing beautiful interiors) makes the driving experience all the more pleasurable.

If you have only sampled the original A-series Austin Metros then you are in no place to judge the K-series Rover Metro which was a revelation. This is a modern, light-weight and very efficient engine and is robust and reliable and really can be run on a shoe string.

The Achilles heel of the Rover Metro is rear wheel arch corrosion, I have had the OSR wheel arch professionally replaced as it had been filled over the years and needed properly sorting. I have had £750 of professional bodywork rectification carried out as the car warranted it I felt and I now believe this to be the best surviving example of the super rare GS edition.

The car sports Rover-approved Dunlop SP30 tyres all round and the smart wheel trims are absolutely as new with no kerbing rash. I have thoroughly detailed the wheel wells and floor pan so the car is as near as dammit in show condition, it is incredibly smart and thoroughly resplendent in all aspects

As the price of really shabby MG Midgets and Triumph Spitfires and other crusty relics go up, the humble Metro is really catching on as a viable and more practical alternative to those wanting a beginner British classic, and this "best of breed" Rover Metro GS is an excellent buy. Prussian Blue and Granite Grey leather interior were also available but it is this Stone Beige interior that creates the biggest impact, looking so tasteful and classy and complementing the beautiful British Racing Green coachwork so magnificently, and naturally it is this beige cabin that features in the original Rover Metro brochure.

You will never chance upon another like this.

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2002 Volkswagen Golf Avantgarde Cabriolet View Photo Dossier

VW Golf Avantgarde Mk3.5 Cabriolet: Superb Indigo Blue Pearlescent paintwork, lovely Mauritius Blue Cloth roof, the exterior is completed by striking BBS alloy wheels. Inside there is smart black sports cloth upholstery with black & royal blue interwoven centre panels with contrasting blue stitching.

This beautiful Golf Cabrio is all original and has been well-maintained with a FSH and HPI clear with certificate. One key operating all locks and a spare.


As with the original Mk1 Golf Cabriolet which ran from 1979-1993, VW was adamant that it would get its money's worth out of the expensive soft-top development work that went into the Mk3 Cabriolet of 1994. So in 1998 when the Mk4 Golf hatchback came on stream, the Cabriolet was face-lifted front and rear with Mk4 headlamps, streamlined colour-coded bumpers and the rear number plate dropped to below the bumper leaving a flush tailgate to become known as the Mk3.5 Cabriolet.

Often specified in lurid shades of yellow or Jazz Blue with equally flamboyant interiors, my Avantgarde does away with the naff 1990s "in your face" element and its restrained deep blue coachwork and high quality blue cloth hood make this modern classic soft top all the more timeless and elegant. The default hood colour incidentally was black and the default interior scheme was black/grey interwoven velour, so this blue on blue specification is most alluring and distinctive. This is a classic Cabriolet that still cuts a dash basking in the sunshine on one's driveway, an Escort or Astra Cabriolet will just look tragically démodé by comparison.

The original roof is the more expensive and attractive looking mohair cloth type, no splits, no receding and no fraying to report. No leaks and the power operation works faultlessly. I have had new side tension cables fitted to the hood which means it locates perfectly over the side windows. I guarantee that every other Golf Mk3/3.5Cabriolet you will see for sale will have snapped cables, and this is a 6 hour job for a professional coachtrimmer.

The engine has been treated to a major service, genuine VAG Quantum oil, genuine VAG oil filter, genuine spark plugs, brand new distributor cap and rotor arm and the breather system has been overhauled too with new components. My GTI specialist has fitted new brake discs, pads, brake hoses and rear wheel bearings. Brand new performance premium Gabriel gas pressure front shocks absorbers with new top strut mounts and rear shock absorbers were fitted too, these are heavy cars and the extra flexing of the open bodyshell puts more strain on the shock absorbers so all Mk3/Mk3.5 Cabriolets will benefit from new shocks all around. The original clutch was showing the earliest signs of occasional judder so I have bitten the bullet and had a brand new high quality clutch kit fitted which has eradicated any judder completely and will serve the car for another 100,000 miles I should not wonder.

I should mention the striking 16-inch 2-piece alloy BBS RS2 alloy wheels. Wheels, especially on dark colour cars, form the focal point of a car's side elevation, so often these fancy BBS wheels can looks so shabby. Not so on my car, in fact I have had the wheels split apart, the centres shotblasted and re-painted and the outer rims machine polished to a bright mirror sheen, each bolt carefully cleaned, before being bolted and sealed back together and new 205/45/VR16 tyres fitted at the front. With new BBS centre caps, these fabulous wheels are absolutely eye-catching once again.

A stonechip in Zone A of the windscreen meant I have had a brand new quality Pilkington windscreen professionally fitted.

Forget about the flaccid 1.6 Cabriolets and the 1.8 - they will cost you no less on insurance or tax and in real driving you will end up spending more money on petrol as you labour the engine to squeeze just a modicum of acceleration out of it. By contrast my Cabriolet is endowed with a 2.0 litre 8 valve "AWG" power plant sired by the Mk3 Golf GTI, it is a legendary and wonderfully durable engine and gives this car a healthy of speed, a good power:weight ratio, a subdued but sporty exhaust note and an easy 38mpg, yes 38mpg - that is extreme economy for a heavy 2.0 litre soft top. You will not find another Mk3.5 that drives as smoothly, swiftly or tautly as this. You will not find another in such superb and original condition. You will not find another that is finished in such an attractive triple blue colour scheme. Finally you will not find another Golf Cabriolet that has had as much spent on it in terms of service and mechanical parts expenses or the man-hours I have spent detailing it throughout, turning into the most exceptional Mk3.5 Cabriolet on the market today.

Comes fully serviced and with 12 months MOT - passed first time with no advisories.

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2001 Volkswagen Golf SE Cabriolet 'Trendline' View Photo Dossier

VW Golf Mk3.5 2.0 SE "Trendline" Cabriolet: Uber rare Blue Anthracite Pearlescent paintwork, superb black cloth roof and black sports cloth upholstery.

This beautiful Golf Cabrio is all original and has only had 4 former keepers and has been well-maintained with a FSH and HPI clear with certificate. One key operating all locks.

As with the original Mk1 Golf Cabriolet which ran from 1979-1993, VW was adamant that it would get its money's worth out of the expensive soft-top development work that went into the Mk3 Cabriolet of 1994. So in 1998 when the Mk4 Golf hatchback came on stream, the Cabriolet was face-lifted front and rear with Mk4 headlamps, streamlined colour-coded bumpers and the rear number plate dropped to below the bumper leaving a flush tailgate to become known as the Mk3.5 Cabriolet. Often specified in lurid shades of yellow or Jazz Blue with equally flamboyant interiors, my Trendline does away with the naff 1990s "in your face" element and its restrained blue-grey coachwork and high quality black cloth hood make this modern classic soft top all the more timeless and elegant.

This is a classic Cabriolet that still cuts a dash basking in the sunshine on one's driveway, an Escort or Astra Cabriolet will just look tragically démodé by comparison.

Blue Anthracite Pearl (LC7V) is worthy of special mention as was so seldom specified on the Mk3.5 Cabriolet this is the only example I have ever seen in the metal,being only available for the last full year of Cabrio production, it is more commonly seen on the Mk4 Golf hatchbacks including the potent V6 4-Motion. This colour has a wonderful iridescence thanks to the fine mica particles in the pearlescent finish and the colour looks most eye-catching when the sun shines.

This is one of the later Mk3.5 Golf Cabriolets manufactured (before the Volkswagen Eos with its fault and leak-prone retractible hardtop took over), and can be thought of as a "roll out" edition. It sports its original 15-inch BBS "Solitude" alloy wheels which were originally seen on the end of line Corrado Storm edition, the Golf Mk3 VR6 Highline edition and the Golf Mk3 GTI Colour Concept edition, and are a design which particularly suits the Golf Mk3 silhouette. The tyres are almost new all round and matched on all four corners.

The cabriolet roof is power-operated, I have replaced both rams as they had just started to weep hydraulic fluid, the fluid reservoir has received new fluid along with a secret additive which will prolong the life of the hydraulic seals and ensure a smooth operation for many years to come. The power operation now works perfectly.

The roof is the more expensive and attractive looking mohair cloth type which was an extra-cost option on this model - no splits, no receding and no fraying to report. I have had new side tension cables fitted to the hood which means it locates perfectly over the side windows. I guarantee that every other Golf Mk3/3.5Cabriolet you will see for sale will have snapped cables, and this is a 6 hour job for a professional coachtrimmer.

The engine has been treated to a major service, genuine VAG Quantum oil, oil filter, Bosch spark plugs, brand new distributor cap and rotor arm and the breather system has been overhauled too with new components. Naturally I have had a new timing belt and tensioner kit fitted too.

Additionally my GTI specialist has fitted new front and rear brake discs, pads and front and rear wheel bearings. Brand new performance premium Monroe gas pressure front shocks absorbers with new top strut mounts too, these are heavy cars and the extra flexing of the open bodyshell puts more strain on the shock absorbers so all Mk3/Mk3.5 Cabriolets will benefit from new shocks all around. The other significant expenditure is that I have had the original clutch replaced. This is a real boon as the clutch always needs replacing on these cars at about this age, I had the clutch replaced on both the previous Mk3.5's I sold.

Forget about the flaccid 1.6 Cabriolets and the 1.8 - they will cost you no less on insurance or tax and in real driving you will end up spending more money on petrol as you labour the engine to squeeze just a modicum of acceleration out of it. By contrast my Cabriolet is endowed with a 2.0 litre 8 valve "AWG" power plant sired by the Mk3 Golf GTI, it is a legendary and wonderfully durable engine and gives this car a healthy of speed, a good power:weight ratio, a subdued but sporty exhaust note and an easy 38mpg, yes 38mpg - that is extreme economy for a heavy 2.0 litre soft top.

You will not find another Mk3.5 that drives as smoothly, swiftly or tautly as this. You will not find another in such superb and original condition. You will not find another that is finished in such an attractive and rare colour scheme.

Finally you will not find another Golf Cabriolet that has had as much spent on it in terms of service and mechanical parts expenses or the man-hours I have spent detailing it throughout, turning into the most exceptional Mk3.5 Cabriolet on the market today.

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2003 Audi A4 3.0 Sport Cabriolet (Manual) View Photo Dossier

2003 Audi A4 3.0 Sport Convertible Manual: Beautiful Moro Blue Pearlescent paintwork with contrasting Anis Yellow Pearl Nappa leather upholstery with special Vavona polished wood door and dashboard cappings and dark blue cloth convertible roof.

This really is the most exquisite colour combination, it puts my car into a different league of classiness and timeless elegance. Silver was the most common A4 Convertible colour and a silver with black leather car just looks so ordinary and forgettable compared with my striking and sexy Moro Blue example. It is THE exact colour combination I would have opted for had I had £35,000 to spend in 2003.

This is not the usual tired and tatty underpowered A4 1.8T or dirty diesel 2.5TDi that abound on Ebay, rather this is the flagship petrol 3.0 litre V6 30 valve 218bhp variant, made rarer still by virtue of its manual transmission. 80% of the 3.0 litre A4s came with the CVT automatic transmission which not only robs the car of its brawny driver appeal but was also the flakiest transmission ever fitted to an Audi, with the CVT automatic it is not a case of if the transmission will require a £1500 rebuild but when will it need it, some are on their second rebuild I hasten to add.

The provenance is impeccable too. Only 128,000 miles with a lady owner for the last 9 years and only two former keepers, thus a very low ownership status for a 16 year old soft top car. It has a fully stamped up service history, every MoT certificate, and also an extensive invoice dossier which is far more instructive than a service book alone. An original Audi A4 sales brochure completes the impressive history folder. The original Audi Owner’s pack comes with every manual and booklet supplied when the car was in the showroom, there are two original working keyfobs and the car is fully HPI clear.

My A4 3.0 litre is totally factory standard and correct in every detail. I am not selling it as a regular cheap old soft top, rather as a modern classic, that is the very best of breed and one that cannot be compared with cheaper and lowlier variants, and the one that is sure to attain true classis status soonest.

If you are enthusiastic about A4 Convertibles then you will know that the 3.0 litre manual version is the most coveted of all and also the best to buy. Why? I have already informed you that the CVT automatic transmission is blighted with a troublesome gearbox. The 1.8T 4 cylinder is saddled with an engine that went into a Golf Mk4 and is expected to lug a heavy open top car around and is totally reliant on spiky turbo power delivery to get anywhere, in real driving its poor power to weight ratio means it is no more economical than the effortlessly powerful 3.0, the 2.4 V6 only had 5 bhp more than the aforementioned 1.8T at 168bhp, yet you will pay exactly the same on tax, insurance and servicing as the 218bhp 3.0 so why would you bother with a 168bhp 2.4? Finally the 3.2FSI engine that replaced the 3.0 suffers with the dreaded cam chain stretching malady, again like with the CVT it is not an occasional issue but virtually endemic and costs £1000s to fix. The 3.0 litre engine in my car has a timing belt that only requires replacement every 80,000 miles so there are no timing chain stretch worries at all.

To make my already lovely example as good as I could, I had my specialist perform a full service on it that included new spark plugs, fuel filter, and 3 coil packs, in addition to the usual service items. I also had brand new brake discs fitted front and rear and new brake hoses, not that the existing items would have failed an MOT, but they did not meet my standard.

My big expense was the once in a lifetime job that all A4 V6 manuals will need at about this age if they have not been treated to it yet and that was the replacement of the clutch. It shows what a charmed life my 3.0 litre has had, especially with a lady driver for nine years (am I allowed to say that?!), that the car got to 125,000 miles on its factory clutch. I had a brand new OE top quality LUK Germany clutch kitted and the clutch operation and gear change is absolutely as good as new and should be good for another 15 years.

The car has a matched set of tyres on all four wheels with excellent tread. The alloy wheels are in superb condition with perfect centre caps.

A major issue with all A4 Convertibles is the heavy rear glass screen becoming unbonded from the roof fabric. Again it is not a malady that afflicts only a few car it is actually far rarer to find a car that isn’t suffering from a gaping rear screen (and yes that means it will leak rain water into the car, and what you probably don’t know is that once it gets in to the interior it finds its way to the lowest place which is the passenger front footwell, which it so happens is the location of the convenience and comfort module ECU which governs all of the car’s gizmos, which makes for huge headaches when this suffers water ingress). Unscrupulous sellers will fob you off saying you can have it re-glued, no you cannot, once it has separated beyond a certain point the only solution is to get an entire new fabric roof replete with new screen professionally fitted, you will get no change from £1000 for this. Thankfully my A4 has a wonderfully affixed rear screen, no gaping, no separation and no unsightly glue residue marks from previous attempts to bodge it together again!

So my car is finished in the ultimate colour scheme, it being the 3.0 litre petrol V6 with manual transmission makes it the most desirable A4 variant. S4 V8 aside (which are vastly more to not only buy but maintain, I would not pay the extra for the "extra" over a 3.0 manual), it is the fastest and most invigorating to drive, it really does impress and is dreamily smooth with just enough of a deep bass meaty rortiness when you put your foot down to remind you that you are not in a humdrum 1.8T, it has the best provenance one could hope for – find another 3.0 manual that has been cherished by a lady owner for the last decade, and is factory standard in every respect and has not been “Nedded” up with dubious tinted this and that, naff and blingin’ oversized aftermarket wheels, or slammed suspension and crap aftermarket air filter nonsense.

If this is not enough my car also has a raft of desirable factory extra-cost optional extras: headlamp pressure washer system, refrigerated glovebox compartment, Bose hi-fi system with uprated speakers and separate amplifier, automatic headlamp operation, photochromatic automatic dipping rear view mirror, electrically fold-in wing mirrors, nappa full leather upholstery, Vavona wood veneer (this is much more beautiful and striking than the more common burr walnut option and certainly oodles more attractive than the standard polished plastic inserts) and the 17-inch flat 6-spoke alloy wheels are a desirable upgrade over the standard 5-spoke Sport alloy wheels, indeed the flat spoke design wheels feature in the original Audi sales brochure and suit the muscular and angular lines of the A4 bodywork and really make the car look stunning.

The car will come with a full 12 months MoT for the new keeper. Kick the tyres of a few cheaper and ropier examples, prepare to be disappointed and then come and be beguiled by my outstanding and perfectly prepared specimen.