The Best Cheap Used Convertibles You Can Buy

Top-down motoring on a budget.


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.

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Porsche Boxster (986)

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.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

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Honda S2000

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.

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Suzuki Cappuccino

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.

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BMW 3-Series (E30)

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.

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Chrysler Crossfire Roadster

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.

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Fiat 500C Abarth

Early used versions of the 500 Abarth convertible have depreciated significantly these past few years, and now, enthusiasts can take advantage.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo Spider

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.

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Pontiac Solstice

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.

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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.

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Toyota MR2 Spyder

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.

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Mini Cooper

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.

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Ford Mustang GT

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.

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Jeep Wrangler

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.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK

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.

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Chevrolet Camaro SS

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.

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Honda Beat

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.

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Infiniti G37

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.

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Lotus Elan

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.

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Nissan 370Z

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.

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