My wife and i hosted German exchange students for every year of both of our sons High School careers. They both took German for 4 years so we had a German student living with us for 3 weeks every spring. As part of the exchange program, our oldest son spent a summer in Germany in his senior year (youngest son got screwed out of his Germany trip because of 9/11). Son brought back pictures of smarts form Germany. Wife went crazy with want. When she found out they were coming to the US, that was all she wrote. Ordered a 2008 Passion (BJ). She drove BJ for 5 years. In the meantime, i picked up a "used" 2009 cabrio in 2010(IT HAD 50 MILES ON IT) Named it (BA) and drove it for 6 months. Decided to trade it in on a Kizashi when winter arrived.
After 5 years i made the wife trade BJ in on a Fiat 500(Bino) She liked Bino, but missed having a smart. In the meantime, i had leased a 2012 passion on the $139/mo lease special (Ditto) After dittos lease was up, i turned it back into the dealer and wife asked if i would take over driving Bino and get her another smart.
Soooo, after much hand wringing over colors and equipment(this was early 2015, the pickins were slim)I found her an unsold 2013 Iceshine edition at a dealer in NJ. For whatever reason, this particular Iceshine had black panels instead of White. I assumed the dealer did a panel swap but no one was able to confirm that. Anyway, the prospect of having a "one off" smart made her happy, and they gave me a smoking good deal on it so i bought it for her and had it shipped to us in PA. It just turned 31K miles and is her daily driver.
We met some great people over the years because of this little car. There used to be a fairly active club here at one tiime. We went to local meets and broke bread with like minded people and it was fun. We took BJ to local car cruises in the early days because there were so few smarts, it always drew a crowd. It still does make people smile and ask questions, as there still are not many smarts around. When i bought her the iceshine(Jerzee), i told her she could keep it as long as she wanted, and i would not force her to get rid of it. She shows no signs after 3 years of letting go. It turns 3 ion a month.