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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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Mazda MX-5

Arriving in the UK in 1990 and remaining on sale for another eight years, the first-generation MX-5 became a legend in its own lifetime – and is now one of the most popular modern classics on the road. It also offers impressive value for money, with MoT’d cars available for £1000 or less.

You should be able to pick up a low-mileage, full-history example in original condition for no more than £2000-2500 – so what’s stopping you? Both 1.6- and 1.8-litre versions of the MX-5 provide lively performance, while the traditional rear-drive set-up guarantees plenty of fun.

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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