When it finally stops raining, the English summer can be glorious.
The desire to take off down some of our twisting, narrow B-roads and explore the beautiful English countryside can be almost overwhelming.
Whether it be a weekend break to a B&B in some quaint village, a lunch in a country pub, or just sharing a stunning view and a well-stocked hamper with your partner, whatever you decide to do, you’ll need a car—and if you want to do it with even a modicum of panache, it needs to be something sporty, convertible, and preferably vintage.
Whilst we will always advocate the prodigal lifestyle, buying a classic sports car needn’t break the bank, and if you’re looking for that second car for the weekend, why not follow our advice and pick up one of these beauties for under £10,000?
Alfa Romeo Spider
First up is this beautiful Italian number from Alfa. This has all the grace and liquid lines of a truly classic 60s Italian sports car. Penned by the mighty Pininfarina, this car is a real thing of beauty. You won’t be able to afford Dustin’s 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 from “The Graduate” on our suggested 10 grand budget, but you can afford something very similar.
Fiat 124 Sport Spider
Another beautiful Italian sports car, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider also boasts gorgeous Pininfarina styling and build quality. Fiat produced this car until the mid 80s with very minor body changes and a progressively more powerful engine.
If you can get your hands on the later turbocharged version, or find the limited edition supercharged Volumex, then grab them, as the engines for these were designed by the one time Ferrari chief engineer, Aurelio Lampredi. As you can see, when brought up to concours standard, the Fiat 124 can look utterly stunning.
The MGB Roadster is an absolutely classic British sports car that never seems to date and to this day still manages to turn heads. Certainly, there seems to be a few of them about, but this should encourage you rather than deter you.
Whilst you might not be driving the most unique of cars, with many garages specialising in MG repairs and with an abundance of spares available, this will make your purchase less of a nightmare to fix than the notoriously temperamental Alfas. Prices can be as low as a couple of grand, but it is probably worth paying that little extra for a truly great example.
For two more classic sports cars under £10,000—including one driven by James Bond—read our full article over on The Prodigal Guide.
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