With the hoped-for arrival of hotter weather, many drivers’ thoughts turn to buying a convertible. Here we look at the country’s five best-selling convertibles. But rather than forking out for a new one, there are plenty of used bargains to be had with some models selling for hundreds rather than thousands of pounds.
This was the car that started the modern trend for folding hard tops. Although the first generation model was far from perfect, the concept was clearly right because Mercedes is still making the SLK 20 years on. And as with the Mazda MX-5, there are models to suit all budgets.
Why choose this
A pick of our £12,000 convertibles, the warming sun, an open road and the wind in your hair: it’s the dream drive for many British car owners. Our love affair with the drop top is a peculiar one; despite our unpredictable and frequently inclement weather Britain has the most buoyant convertible car market in Europe. Although frequently bought to be seen in rather than for driving thrills, there’s still a world of difference between a soft top that’s good to live with and one that just looks the part. Here we outline three that are worth considering if you have a £12,000 budget.
Folding soft top on the Fiat 500C is like a sunroof and then some (Picture © Fiat)