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Top 10: £1500 convertibles to buy in 2021

Summer’s just about here, which means the days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and every classic enthusiast’s thoughts turn to carefree open-top motoring. Well, that’s certainly the case with many of us. But what happens if you fancy some soft-top classic action but your funds are severely restricted?

Don’t worry because there are still plenty of options available to you. Okay, you might not be able to stretch to that immaculate MGB or Vitesse Convertible you’ve always fancied, but even with a budget of as little as £1500 you can get to enjoy some wind-in-the-hair fun. Check out our ten top recommendations.

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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

The archetypal four-seater convertible of the ’80s, the ragtop Golf arrived at the start of the decade and enjoyed a 13-year career. Well-built by Karmann and available in a choice of different specs (including a 1.8-litre GTi), the MkI-based Golf Cabriolet was brilliantly snug in the winter thanks to its insulated hood and heated glass rear window.

The problem now, however, is that values are rising. You might be able to pick up a MkI Golf Cabrio for £1500-2000 in good but not perfect condition; or you could just spend a grand or so on its successor of 1993-on.


Robert McMullen    on 30 May 2017

Great car - but what about spares availability?

OllyCiroen    on 31 May 2017

No Z3?

G barry Higgs    on 6 June 2017

I regained 20 years of youth when I bought my copper red 2.0i, love it. It sticks to the road like glue. There's no better feeling than having the wind in your hair and a responsive pedal under the right foot.
No problem with spares or repairs, because of the number of these cars out there the prices stay low.

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