My first 2-seater Roadster experience was in a 1996 BMW Z3, which my husband and I purchased last spring to fix up. Its color is Hellrot (bright red) with a black interior and black top. It had been completely neglected, but the engine and body were sound. I had admired and wanted one since they came out, but they were out of my budget at the time. We picked this one up for a very reasonable price, considering it needed paint, seats (it had badly worn racing seats with incorrectly installed harnesses), a new top, and new intake hoses. I got to drive it home from Naples, FL (about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive). Even with crappy paint and intake leaks making it run like crud, it was a blast to drive and it got a lot of attention. With the intake leaks fixed, the car now runs like a champ. We are going through it and fixing anything and everything we find that needs attention. I am keeping a spreadsheet of total costs (in case we decide to sell it). If my husband fits in the car with factory seats, we may buy a sporty body kit (because he likes that) and keep it.
I tried to convince myself I would be content with the BMW and not want the 124 Spider when it was released--YEAH, RIGHT! As soon as I laid eyes on the FIAT 124 Spider, I knew I was done for--had to have one!