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Top 10: Two-seater soft-tops of the 1990s

Although Mazda reinvented the two-seater sports car at the end of the 1980s with the original MX-5, other manufacturers were keen to join this rejuvenated market sector the following decade – with stylish, fun-to-drive creations attracting a new generation of buyers.

Many of these roadsters of the 1990s now offer great value, making them a tempting alternative to an older sports car. We take a look at ten of today’s top sportsters for fans of modern-classic entertainment.

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The 1995-on BMW Z3 is still grossly underrated on the modern-classic market thanks to what many critics see as its ‘hairdresser’ image. In truth, the Z3 is a better car than some folk realise, with even the base-model 1.9-litre version pushing out 118-138bhp depending on its age and spec. The latter output was enough for a top speed of 123mph, with 0-60 in 8.4 seconds – figures that compare well with similarly-priced sports cars of the ’90s. Best news of all though, is the Z3’s exceptional value – with cars in good order available from just £1500-2000.

Read our BMW Z3 review here


Caroline Duncombe    on 11 June 2018

I love my BMW Z3 2.8 - its brilliant fun to drive - handles well, has excellent acceleration, loves curves and country roads. OK the soft top is prone to leaking if it pours with rain, but a bit of tape soon puts a stop to that. In another 10 years I may be to ancient to get in and out of it cos it is so low to the ground - but meanwhile it makes me smile and very happy.

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