We team up with motoring expert Clive Wilson to identify ten cars that are relatively cheap to acquire, great for enjoying the sunshine and could even potentially be a good investment in some cases.
Clive's 5 drop tops you can buy for under £10k:
My personal pick of the bunch. This is the best-selling sports car in the world and for good reason. They are great fun to drive, reliable, easy to maintain and relatively practical so can be used every day. Because of its success there is lots of choice (including electric hard top folding roof variants) and even very low mileage examples can be picked up for well under 10k.
My choice would be the 1.8 engine as it is powerful enough and I found a 13/13 plate SE variant with only 13k on the clock in the classified for £9995.
OK so you are not going to be able to purchase a late car for under 10k but look carefully and there are some good earlier examples to be had. They are extremely well built, relatively reliable and stand the test of time but above all it’s a Porsche! Condition and history are key with this car.
There are over 300 of these cars in the classified under 10k including an 04/04 2.7 tiptronic with satnav and 52k miles for £7990.
Having only ceased production this year it is still a modern looking car with plenty of choice in the market. There are a lot of engine and trim variants so there should be something to please all tastes and most have decent factory options fitted too. Later cars have the hard folding roofs if security is a worry but check carefully they operate correctly.
If you don’t want the higher power options then I spotted an 07/56 2.0i Sport with a mere 22k all for just £7k.
Mercedes have been making variants of this car since 1996 so there is always a large choice available. Most are automatic however, there are some manuals but harder to find. They have the kudos of the badge and are easy to live with but not as cheap to maintain as some.
With over 700 cars available for under the £10k of various ages and mileage there is plenty of choice and one of the cars that stood out was an SLK200 with 45k miles and £12k of additional factory options for £9490.
**Saab 9-3 **
This is the value car within the 4/5 seat selection but have a good following and decent examples can be found between 5 and 10k depending on age and mileage. Cheaper examples are also available if age and mileage are not a concern and don’t be put off by the fact Saab no longer exists as there are plenty of parts stockists for this car so maintenance/repair should not be an issue.
£8749 can buy a one owner 9-3 1.9TiD Linear SE with options on an 11/60 so another value car in my opinion.
Clive added: “There’s nothing better than being able to combine top down motoring with glorious weather. There are some real 2 and 4/5 seater bargains to be had out there if bought at the right time. Naturally, the summer season isn’t the ideal time to buy a used convertible as this is traditionally the time of year when they are at a premium so for owners looking to sell on to those with the money to spare it can be very good news indeed.”