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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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Smart Roadster

With just over 43,000 built during a career lasting less than three years, the Smart Roadster might just be a dead cert for future classic status. Its on-paper performance figures might not sound exciting (with ‘just’ 80bhp from its 698cc three-cylinder engine), but the behind-the-wheel driving experience genuinely is.

The tiny mid-mounted turbocharged engine revs madly, while the super-taut suspension helps to create one of the best handling and roadholding combinations of its era. Even better news is the value on offer, with £3000-4000 now buying a well-presented roadster with plenty of life left in it.

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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