The image of the fifty something cruising country lanes in his open topped sportster belongs to the days of the Good Life and To The Manor Born.
Open necked shirt, cravat and cufflinks sat alongside sexist observations of women in this stereotype. Times have, thankfully, moved on and a little open topped sports car can be the dream of anybody.
Here is a selection of convertibles which can be bought for under £5000, just about…
- Toyota MR2
What’s Good? With tight and responsive handling, the little Toyota puts the driver very much in control. There may be quite a few of these mini gems on the road, but that should inspire confidence. They are omnipresent for a reason. 0-60 in around 8 seconds gives the thrill of a more powerful car as well.
Watch out for – imports; there are a number of these on the road and coming from overseas can make the history of the car harder to check out.
- Jaguar XK
What’s Good? Well, the answer is obvious. You are driving around in a Jaguar XK. If you found the description at the top a little more engaging than you might like to admit, then this could be the car for you. You get power, luxury and amazingly stylish looks.
Watch out for – old models. There were a number of engine problems on the early cars, and a Jag not only costs a bit to run, but even more so to repair.
- Nissan 350Z
What’s Good? This is a car that packs a punch. The 3.5 litre V6 engine will deliver speeds over twice the speed limit with ease, so a trip to the Autobahn or a race day might be on the agenda. You will also get Nissan quality reliability with this vehicle, which is worth far more than you lose by choosing a mass market badge.
Watch out for – not too much really. Nissan is such a brand name that parts are readily available and the car is, for a sporty model, pretty inexpensive to repair.
- Caterham Seven
What’s Good? The looks of a Caterham will turn heads wherever you go. You will be really stretching that five grand budget, but given time and patience, plus perhaps a bit of mechanical skill yourself, you will find one. As well as the evocative looks, the car has great handling.
Watch out for – reliability. You will have scraped the bucket to get one at this price, and you do get what you pay for. Expect to incur costs – but it will be worth it.
- Lotus Elise
What’s Good? We’ll just give you a second to get up off the floor and put your jaw back in place. Yes, search hard enough and you will find one of these superstars for your budget. As with the Caterham, there may be the odd compromise required, but for your money you get a car that’s as good for the daily commute as the weekend spin.
Watch out for – see Caterham 7 above.
Ready for your new toy? You can use a sell my car service in London to dispose of your boring old wheels and upgrade to a machine which puts a grin on your face!