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Top 10: £5000 Roadsters to buy for summer 2021

Even with a budget of no more than £5000, it’s still possible to invest in a classic roadster offering real entertainment value.

Some of the cars featured here are available for even less than that. So however much cash you’ve got lurking in the bank, why not release it and enjoy some summer fun out on the road? There’s never been a better time to invest in any of these ten affordable sportsters.

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MG Midget

The 1961-79 MG Midget went through several incarnations, with styling tweaks and engine upgrades being announced over the years. Through its life the Midget’s A-series powerplant went from 948cc to 1098cc and on to 1275cc, before being replaced completely by the Spitfire’s 1493cc engine with the arrival of the black-bumper Midget 1500 for 1975.

In an ideal world you’d spend £5000 on a chrome-bumper MkIII Midget, arguably the prettiest and most useable of the lot. But with values on the increase, you might struggle to find a stunner. Happily though, a Midget 1500 will be well within reach.

Comments

Bronan the Brobarian    on 3 August 2016

Uh-huh. Quite a lot of very average junk on here (I mean who's going to pay £5k for that Fiat or Suzuki!?). Good luck with your £5K Elan too.

A Boxster, S2000, higher-mileage XK8, BMW Z3 and Z4 can all be had for £5K. They'll be faster, more reliable, more modern, more comfortable, and much safer! Although possible slightly higher running costs, but hey do you want to have fun or not?

Try to see past the rose tinted glasses, these old buckets are not comfortable, fast, reliable or safe at all compared to more modern cars. My £5K would go to a Boxster or S2000, possibly a Z4, all of which will be future classics.

Rod marklew    on 17 December 2018

So glad to see the TR7 finally getting a few decent comments - its cheap fun but actually a decent classic affordable roadster. I have driven a number of MGBs and even dabbled with an old SL but for sheer pound for pound fun I love my TR7 and in red all polished its looks amazing and lots of passing smiles and warm comments.

Not bad for a £5k motor.

Bell Ringer    on 15 February 2019

With exception of the MX5, surely these must be the worst cars you could buy for £5k? How could a Boxster, MR2, BMW Z4 or an SLK be worse than these?

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