You don't have to break the bank to get a fun convertible for summer. Here are some cheap used options perfect for enjoying the weather on a budget, according to you.
While not everyone loves the look of the first-gen Boxster, there's no denying it's great to drive. With a mid-engine layout and a naturally aspirated flat-six, it's easy to see why. If you can get passed the looks, it's one of the best-handling cars you can own for under $10,000.
Ask any enthusiast which convertible will get you the most smiles per dollar, and odds are they'll tell you the Miata. For years the Miata has been the go-to for car people everywhere looking for a reliable, good-looking, enjoyable driving experience.
We called the Honda S2000 the best all-around sports car back when it was new. That should tell you all you need to know about Honda's drop-top two-seater.
The Cappuccino is a Japanese-market car that is now over 25 years old, making it eligible for importation into the US. It's a two-seater convertible with a peppy turbo three-cylinder engine and removable top.
If classic motoring is more your thing, the E30 is one of the best cars to choose from. Convertibles are cheap, easy to locate, and come with a mountain of aftermarket support.
The Crossfire is one of those cars that you forget exists until you see one on the street, and it makes your day. Convertible versions are plenty cool, and quick too. Find an SRT-6 version for the right price, and you'll be sitting pretty.
Early used versions of the 500 Abarth convertible have depreciated significantly these past few years, and now, enthusiasts can take advantage.
Nothing beats the cool-factor of a classic Alfa. The Spider, sold in the US for decades, is no exception. Running examples in good condition can be found under the $10,000 range.
The Solstice wasn't the American-made Miata many were hoping it to be, but it was still a great car in its own right. If you can find one for a good price, it's worth taking a closer look.
For a long time, the Z3 was the go-to car for BMW roadster fans on a budget. Nowadays, early examples of the newer, more modern Z4 have dropped in price enough to be noticed as well.
The Spyder version of the MR2 might not be as loved as earlier hardtop and targa cars, but that doesn't mean it was bad to drive. In fact, thanks to its lightweight structure and mid-engine layout, it was incredibly fun to toss around corners.
What better way to improve the Mini driving experience than to have the wind flowing through your hair? The convertibles are nearly as nimble as their coupe counterparts, and just as cheap on the used market.
Though we believe the Mustang is a car most enjoyed with a metal top, there's no arguing the fun factor of having a convertible. It might not be as rigid, but that extra V8 noise is totally worth it.
If off-roading is more your style, there's no reason not to have a Jeep Wrangler. Older examples like the TJ shown here can be bought for reasonable cash, and provide more capability than you could imagine.
The SLK is often overlooked as a cheap fun roadster, and it's hard to see why. It looks cool, makes good power, and comes with a power-folding hard top. Plus, you could even get it with a manual transmission.
Like the Mustang, the Camaro isn't the most enjoyable cars to huck around corners in convertible form. What you get in return, though, is four-seat top-down fun and all the exhaust noise you could ask for.
Like the Cappuccino, the Honda Beat is a JDM car now old enough to import. The Beat, however, keeps its engine in the middle behind the driver, and sports a manual-folding soft top.
The G37 is a great choice for those looking for something sporty yet practical and reliable. That doesn't change if you buy a convertible version, and because there's nothing blocking your ears from the exhaust, the car's V6 roar is that much more enjoyable.
Lotus didn't sell many of its front-wheel drive Elans here in the US, but when they do trade hands, its usually for a reasonable price. It was called one of the best-handling FWD cars out there when new, and it's probably still great to drive today.
First-year examples for the 370Z convertible are starting to drop in price on the used market, and you get a whole lot of car for your money.