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    I am looking into buying a classic (1960s I suppose) convertible. I haven't really looked into the market at all and this is pretty much on a whim, but I am wondering the best places to look, autotrader? ebay?

    I have about 10k to spend so if anyone would care to point me in the direction of some nice looking ones, point away.
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    I would say MG B, MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire (maybe considered a "poor man's" sports car ) , Alfa Romeo Spider, or Jensen Healey (a little bit different). I realise these cars are probably more from the late '60s to 70's. Hope this helps.
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    Ummm, have you got a garage to store this in? Old convertiables are really not that waterproof like modern ones!

    Personally, I would get the Triumph Spitfire Mk.IV because I think that is one of the best looking British Sports Cars ever made, and the only thing better, TR6/E-Type are waaaay out of your price range.

    You could get a cracking Spitfire for £10k, probably recently rebuilt that won't give you loads of trouble (it is British, so expect some trouble!), but you really will need to have it garaged and molly cuddle it.

    I think MGBs are fugly, so definitely the Spit if I were buying for that money.
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    Id get a spider any day of the week
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    Alfa Spider or an Austin Healey Sprite 4 defo
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    I have seen a pastel blue spider and that is what sparked my interest in getting a car like it, it looked mighty fine.
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    If you want a painfully cute convertible I would recommend a AH Frogeye Sprite

    http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C136716/

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    MG Midget or a Triumph Spitfire.
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    (Original post by cRaig)
    If you want a painfully cute convertible I would recommend a AH Frogeye Sprite

    http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C136716/

    My Mum LOVES these, but there may lie the problem, you know, having a middle aged women liking the car, er...I think the Spit or Spider is better!

    But gorgeous example, bloody hell, that is pristine!
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    (Original post by itsalion00)
    I am wondering the best places to look, autotrader? ebay?
    Get someone who knows about cars to come and have a look (like a mechanic or similar). You can pick up a great deal often at classic car auctions. Most serious enthusiasts would avoid e-bay so be careful, you could try more specialist sites like this: http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/

    You could pick up a nice MGB, TR6, Spitfire or Stag for that sort of money, if you go for something rare it could be more difficult to find parts.

    Have you considered a replica? A well built on may give you less headaches.
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    I don't think you can get many good TR6s (i.e. full restoration, paintwork, immaculate) for £10k, that is more like 12-13k I think. So I would steer clear of a TR6 if you cannot afford the top ones, unless the OP is mechanically minded!

    Mind you, he hill have to be if he buys a classic!

    I just think for £10k you are better off buying a cheaper car and keeping a few grand in the bank for rainy days! Like needing to source parts, labour, tools, etc. You could spend it all on a perfect TR6 or Stag, but then you run the risk of the first problem meaning it sits in the garage for a while.

    OP:- Do you have a garage or shelter for this car, because you WILL need it, classics need a workshop to do work on, and most importantly to keep them warm and the damp off. Otherwise rust, electrical problems and a very damp interior will be bestowed upon your £10k classic sports car...
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    What was that convertible Mercedes Clarkson drove on TopGear a few years ago?

    It had a top speed of about 60, and **** Cheney (or someone) is supposed to own one.
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    (Original post by AnythingButChardonnay)
    What was that convertible Mercedes Clarkson drove on TopGear a few years ago?

    It had a top speed of about 60, and **** Cheney (or someone) is supposed to own one.
    the SL?

    They are worth an absolute fortune! Good one is around £25k.
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    (Original post by gbduo)
    the SL?

    They are worth an absolute fortune! Good one is around £25k.
    Ah, bugger.

    One to save up for then! Although the price will probably have gone up when that happens.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by AnythingButChardonnay)
    Ah, bugger.

    One to save up for then! Although the price will probably have gone up when that happens.

    Thanks.
    They are beautiful cars, absolutely amazing. I would love one, but the good ones are getting really rare and that just makes the price go up and up!

    I mean it gets ridiculous, the 50s Gullwing, costs an absolute fortune!

    This example is LHD and is worth close to £400k!

    http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/1489540.htm

    I think this is one JC drove:-

    http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/1399433.htm

    That is like £45k, for £25k you get mediocre ones...
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    That's another dream down the swanny.

    I think Clarko was making the case for "manly" convertibles. I think the one he was driving was a bit squarer at the bonnet end. Were there different models?
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    (Original post by AnythingButChardonnay)
    That's another dream down the swanny.

    I think Clarko was making the case for "manly" convertibles. I think the one he was driving was a bit squarer at the bonnet end. Were there different models?
    Yeh, that might be a bit of a later model then, 70s one, still bloody expensive!
 
 
 
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