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Future classics: ten affordable used convertibles set to rise in value

Autocar logo Autocar 02/08/2018 Jimi Beckwith

The latest batch of affordable future classics are in, as compiled by Cap HPI black book editor Clive Wilson. 

It’s a convertible special this time around, with appreciating drop-tops set to rise in value. 

The most affordable future classic convertibles

Honda S2000

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It’s ever-rumoured for revival by Honda, but while there’s no second-generation S2000, all we have is the original and our rose-tinted spectacles.

And what an original: a high-revving, back-to-basics soft-top with little electronic interference and driving dynamics to put six-figure Italians to shame. 

You can pay as little as £5000 for a used Honda S2000 in the PistonHeads classifieds, although the majority of examples are £10,000 or more.

Audi TT 3.2 V6

Audi TT 3.2 V6 © Autocar Audi TT 3.2 V6

The original Audi TT is already revered as a design classic. Throw in a 3.2-litre V6 engine and you’ve got a sharply-dressed threat to cars twice its original price. 

Convertibles are less sought-after than coupés and DSG-equipped cars are less sought after than manuals, so there’s potential for a bargain investment once the stick-shift coupés are silly money. 

What’s more, they start from less than £4000 on the PistonHeads classifieds. Grab one while you can. 

Alfa Romeo Spider 3.0 V6

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The Alfa Romeo Spider has rarity on its side, especially in throaty 3.0-litre V6 guise.

Throw in its divisive, typically unique 1990s design and you’ve got a car that will attract grimaces from the uninformed and, soon, big bucks from enthusiasts. 

Prices start at less than £6000, but are already on the rise.

Jaguar XKR

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Ford-era Jaguar may now be overshadowed by the brand's success under Tata ownership, but the 1996-2006 XKR is about to pick up value with the best of them. 

Powered by a supercharged 4.0-litre V8, it’s one of the faster, more grand tourer-like cars on the list, but prices don’t match…

…it’s currently available for as little as £8000 on the PistonHeads classifieds, and there’s no shortage of examples to choose from.

Mk3 Mazda MX-5

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Well, we had to mention it, didn't we? The world’s best-selling sports car is an affordable investment, and Cap HPI says the third-generation model is the one to watch.

It could be a slower burn, because there are still numerous examples on the market, but that just means that supply is high and demand well-catered for. Tidier examples are worth the investment so long as they’re kept in good shape. 

£3490 buys you the cheapest on PistonHeads, and there are no less than 132 examples to choose from.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG © Autocar Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

The term ‘pocket rocket’ just doesn’t seem quite strong enough for the teeny-tiny SLK with a 5.4-litre V8 stuffed under its bonnet. 

Mercedes’ maddest AMG car from the mid-2000s can hit 62mph in less than five seconds and harnesses the power of 355 horses. 

It's certainly one with scarcity keeping values high - just three are available in the PistonHeads classifieds, starting from £15,450. Cap HPI says that cheaper examples can scrape to £9000, though.

Honda CR-X del Sol VTi

Honda CR-X del Sol © Autocar Honda CR-X del Sol

The CR-X de Sol VTi, most sought after with its electric roof, was never a common car. Imports have clouded the market, but UK cars are the most valuable. 

It’s another driver’s Honda, albeit far less powerful than the S2000. 

Good luck finding one, though; while Cap HPI says to budget between £2000 and £8000, there's few around on the classified sites at the moment. Keep tabs on what’s around for when one does pop up, though.

Toyota MR-2 GT T-Bar

Toyota MR2 T-Bar © Autocar Toyota MR2 T-Bar

The second-generation MR2 gained something of a following in modifying circles, meaning clean, unaltered versions are hard to find, especially as the car will round off its third decade since launch next year.

The T-Bar is more sought than the standard coupé, but both are becoming a rare sight on UK roads, so the coupé shouldn’t be disregarded. 

£2700 gets you the cheapest clean T-Bar on PistonHeads, but low-mile examples and collectors’ cars can command far more. 

986 Porsche Boxster

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Most can’t afford a collectable, investment Porsche, given that most command scary money to begin with. How does £4000 sound, then? Because that’s how little the 986-generation Boxster can be had for, and values are set to rise. 

Well-looked after examples will cost more, of course, so it’s worth sinking a little more into your investment to avoid tears later, but £12,000 will get you as good an example as you’ll ever find. 

£3500 gets the cheapest Boxster on PistonHeads, and there’s no shortage of examples to suit most budgets. Just get one that has been looked after. 

Nissan 350Z and 370Z

Nissan 350Z © Autocar Nissan 350Z

Both modern Nissan Z-cars make the grade here, although it’s the one that’s not still on sale that promises the lowest buying cost and the highest potential return. 

The 350Z is yet another Japanese sports car finding increasing appreciation from enthusiasts, forcing up prices. The 3.5-litre V6-engined model starts from around £4000 on the used market. 

PistonHeads has 97 used 350Z and 370Zs among its classifieds, with lower-mileage examples starting at £7500.


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