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Top 10: Convertibles for £10,000 to buy in 2021

It’s that time of the year again. The sun is shining (well, occasionally), the days are longer and many an enthusiast’s thoughts turn to open-air motoring classic motoring. But there is a problem: rising prices over the last few years mean many of the classic convertibles that were once reassuringly affordable now demand a major outlay.

Don’t worry though, with a budget of no more than £10,000 (and in some cases, considerably less) you can still become the proud owner of a classic or modern-classic sports car that’s guaranteed to turn heads and entertain you in equal measure.

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Lotus Elan (M100)

Lotus resurrected the legendary Elan name in 1989 with the ‘M100’ version, this time featuring front-wheel drive. Sacrilege? No, because the new Elan’s fantastic chassis design brought incredible handling capability, while the turbocharged 1.6-litre ex-Isuzu engine fitted to most examples led to terrific performance.

A top speed of 136mph and a 0-60mph time of just 6.5 seconds was thrilling stuff back then, boosted still further with the later addition of a turbo version. As a left-field alternative to a mass-produced sportster, the Elan makes a great choice. Pay just £7000-9000 for a low-mileage example.


   on 4 June 2018

would add you can get a cracking SL R129 for this money??

Rod marklew    on 4 July 2018

Always amazed the TR7 in DHC form never makes these list, but maybe not as possibly the prices would go up and spoil the fun for those in the know, it wasn't the best selling TR for nothing.

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