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5 great convertibles for less than £1000

Open air thrills on the cheap

2y ago

Admittedly, this time of year isn't the best time to be buying a convertible with lowering temperatures, rain, wind and even snow affecting the roads in the UK. However, this doesn't stop people going out and buying convertibles.

I've returned to AutoTrader this week in search of some of the more interesting convertibles you can buy for less than £1000. The selection this week is quite diverse.

BMW 325i | £1000

Starting off at the very top end of the budget, we have the BMW 325i convertible. This one is also an E36 which demands a slight premium over the newer E46. The example I found has 126,000 miles on it which is decent for it's sage. The car is finished in a dark blue metallic paint with a grey leather interior. This one is powered by a 2.5 litre straight six engine with 170bhp, a 0-60mph of 8 seconds and a top speed of 144mph.

These cars are getting rarer by the year and I'd say £1000 is a good price for one of these.

MG TF | £999

Next up, we have the MG TF. The MG TF was built at time when BMW owned the MG Rover group and was quite a popular rival to the Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000. Unlike it's Japanese rivals, the MG TF hasn't quite held it's value which means it's a used car bargain. For the money, you're getting a mid-engine, two seat convertible with a perky engine. Said engine is a 1.8 litre petrol unit with 134bhp, a 0-60mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 127mph.

As tempting as it might be, long term reliability may be a concern. However, £999 for a mid-engine convertible is something you cannot argue with.

Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0 TwinSpark | £995

This was the only Alfa Romeo Spider I could find which was priced under £1000. The Spider is one of the best looking cars from the early 2000s with it's elegant design and strong design lines. Also, if you follow the wise words of Jeremy Clarkson, you'll become a petrol head if you buy one of these. This one is powered by the 2.0 litre TwinSpark engine which produced 150bhp when it was new, could do a 0-60mph run in 8.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 131mph.

Despite this one costing £995, I would suggest looking for a slightly more expensive example and less things are bound to be wrong with it.

Toyota MR2 1.8 VVT-i | £990

The Toyota MR2 is one of the best budget sport cars you can buy, with them being basically a budget Lotus Elise...in a way. The last generation MR2 is the cheapest version of the MR2 that you can buy, but this isn't a bad thing. These MR2's have Toyota's 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine with 138bhp, a 0-60mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.

For £990, this example needs some work but I would personally get one of these over the MG TF as listed above.

Mazda MX-5 1.8 | £700

The Mazda MX-5 is one of the best sport cars you buy regardless of your budget. This one is one of the original 1st generation MX-5's (known as NA), and more importantly, it's a Japanese import. This is a give away due to the rear number plate holder design. This one comes with the more powerful 1.8 litre petrol engine which pumps out 130bhp, has a 0-60mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 122mph.

It may need a bit of work to the body but £700 for a JDM spec, NA MX-5 is really good value.

What one would you have?

I would personally go for the BMW as I like the practicality of the car as it has the largest boot, four seats and is also the best when it comes to performance numbers. But what would you have? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments (46)

  • I’d probably buy the NA Mx5 but since I already have a NA Mx5 and a NC Mx5 I feel

    I’d just be hoarding with a third 😂

      2 years ago
  • I'd take the Alfa every time. All of these cost at least three times more in my country...

      2 years ago
  • No SAAB convertibles? They can be had for very cheap these days

      2 years ago
  • MX-5 all day can’t beat JDM style

      2 years ago
  • I live in the wrong country. Here in the US tripple the number and use a dollar sign and that’s the pieces here for those cars.

      2 years ago