Top five classic convertibles

Top five classic convertibles

Jul 29, 2016

Top five classic convertibles

1 - Alfa Romeo Spider

Year: 1996
Mileage: 160,949km
Owners: 1
Location: Waterford
List price: €1,500 (plus approx. €450 in VRT)
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

They say you're not a true car enthusiast unless you've owned an Alfa Romeo, and this is a great opportunity to get on that ladder in a relatively inexpensive fashion. The exterior of the Spider is designed like only the Italians know how and the interior is just as lovely to behold. Check the electrics before shaking on the deal, but this isn't the kind of car you buy for long distance, hassle-free commuting in any case.

2 - Bentley Corniche

Year: 1980
Mileage: 80,467km
Owners: not listed
Location: Dublin 4
List price: 'on application'
Engine: 6.75-litre V8 petrol

Now this is an elegant looking car, isn't it? Apparently there were just 40 right-hand drive examples making it's a rare beast too, so potentially an investment. Both Bentley and Rolls-Royce sold the Corniche in coupe and convertible forms. They're all huge, exceedingly comfortable and spacious enough inside for five. Or just you and your chauffeur, naturally.

3 - Jaguar XJS Convertible

Year: 1993
Mileage: 99,860km
Owners: 3
Location: Dublin 12
List price: €19,950 (plus VRT, not specified)
Engine: 4.0-litre straight-six

This well-presented Jaguar XJS convertible is both stylish and unusual. There really are very few of these on the road in Ireland. We've featured a post-1991 facelift model, denoted by restyled rear lights and more. Jaguar also removed the dash from the old 'XJ-S' name. Under that long bonnet is a 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine that sounds good and has plenty of go.

4 - Mercedes-Benz 250 SL 'Pagoda'

Year: 1967
Mileage: 140,174km
Owners: 2
Location: Dublin
List price: 'price on application'
Engine: 2.5-litre straight-six

Here's our star find this time around, a simply gorgeous example of the SL 'Pagoda' built from the mid-sixties to 1971. We've found one of the rarest models too, the 250 SL with its 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine and, get this: disc brakes on the rear. Futuristic! The Pagoda nickname, incidentally, comes from the shape of the removable hardtop. Undoubtedly an appreciating classic.

5 - MG Midget

Year: 1979
Mileage: 103,339
Owners: 1
Location: Waterford
List price: €6,400
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol

Given the likely high price of that Merc above, this itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow po... MG should be the star of this feature and its 'robust' pricing reflects demand for this very usable classic roadster. The MG Midget is smaller than the more widely known MGB, and was lower down the pecking order when new, but it's just as sought after now. This car is NCT exempt and road tax costs just €56 a year.