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Porsche 718 Boxster
Arguably the benchmark for all convertible sports cars. Placing the engine behind the cabin affords this two-seater almost perfect weight distribution. Turbocharged power whisks the Porsche to 60mph in 5.3 seconds – faster versions are available, too. The boot is spacious and there’s extra luggage room under the bonnet.
Mazda MX-5 RF
The MX-5 is the world’s top-selling two-seater convertible for good reason. Reliable and cheap to run, it is brilliant fun whatever the weather. Its driving dynamics make every journey a thrill. Choose from a pair of efficient petrol engines – 1.5 and 2.0 – and, if you don’t fancy a soft-top, Mazda also offers the RF, a folding hard-top version that adds a little more security when parking in the street.
Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet
SUVs constitute such a large-selling sector of the UK car market that it was only a matter of time before designers dreamt up a convertible one. Land Rover’s oddball Range Rover Evoque wasn’t a success but Volkswagen has done a much better job with the T-Roc Cabriolet. Effectively, it’s a high-riding Golf with a soft-top.
Tom Cruise rode a Kawasaki motorcycle in the original 1986 Top Gun, but it was actress Kelly McGillis who drove the most memorable car. Her 1958 Porsche Speedster was an open-top dream machine on the streets of San Diego. A similar restored model today would cost from £150,000 – depending on condition. Fortunately, a number of UK companies – such as Chesil or Pilgrim Motorsports – offer detailed replicas based on a Volkswagen Beetle chassis and engine. Pick one up for £30,000+ on the second-hand market.
This is a thoroughly modern version of Jeep’s original Second World War design. Unstoppable off-road, the 2.0 petrol Rubicon model will squeeze in five passengers. It has huge appeal, even if unclipping and storing the roof panels is fiddly.
Price £12,000 upwards for a restored, usable example
The original and iconic British convertible was launched in 1962 – the ‘B’ remained in production for 18 years and became the world’s best-selling sports car, defining open-top motoring. Thankfully, MG’s popularity means parts are still plentiful and cheap.
Jaguar XK convertible (2011-15)
Jaguar killed off the XK in 2015 to make way for the F-Type, which can’t match it. The XK is a beautiful convertible with a long, sweeping bonnet and curves in all the right places. It’s blessed with a potent 5.0-litre V8 engine, offering a real turn of speed. There’s room in the back for a couple of grandchildren and it has a spacious luggage area.
BMW 4 Series Convertible
Four-seat convertibles are few and far between, with design often compromised for backseat space because of the roof mechanism. The latest BMW 4 Series is a technologically advanced cabrio with a folding hard-top roof. It is light and drives well. Petrol and diesel engines are available.
To ensure your convertible is covered, call Saga Motor Insurance on 0800 092 3188 or visit saga.co.uk/insurance/car-insurance
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