With the nights closing in and temperatures plummeting, blasting along those narrow country lanes with the wind in your hair might be the last thing on your mind.
But winter could be the perfect time to grab a convertible on the cheap – dealers with soft-tops are desperate to free up space for models with more seasonal appeal, which gives the canny car buyer the chance of picking up a bargain!
UK car sales generally peak twice during the year, once in March then again in September; perhaps unsurprisingly these are the same two months when the number plates change.
Research suggests that when demand for certain cars goes down, so do the prices – this means car buyers should certainly consider a convertible in winter when demand is lower.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a convertible is only useful in the summer months, but modern soft-tops can offer owners a comfortable, warm cabin when the roof is down.
Today’s fabric roofs are built to last and designed to put up with a lot of punishment meaning you can have peace of mind all year round.
Convertibles have come a long way over the last few decades and nowadays often come with folding metal hardtops meaning they are a great investment even during the winter months.
Toyota MR2 Roadster
The Toyota MR2 is based on a Coupe which was first released in the 1990s – evolved into a two-seater Roadster at the turn of the century, the MR2 was made to take on the likes of the Mazda MX-5.
Just like the MX-5, the MR2 Roadster is light weight with enough power under the bonnet to be a lot of fun!
The 138bhp 1.8-litre engine is taken from the Toyota Celica coupe and smoothly moves through the gears and excellent handling thanks to the mid-engine layout makes this roadster a dream to drive.
As you would expect from Toyota, the workmanship is second to none – the hood folds easily with one hand from the driver’s seat and locks in place with the minimum of fuss.
With only one engine available with the MR2 – it’s just a choice of gearbox and we would recommend the five-speed manual which has a great action and compliments the free-revving 1.8 nicely.
Standard features include alloy wheels, CD player, electric mirrors, leather seats, metallic paint and air condition.
Although the MR2 is no longer in production there is a number of great used examples on the market.
We have seen models starting from as low as £1,500 which is an excellent price for a car that gives so much enjoyment to the owner!