A sum­mer of sun-kissed ad­ven­tures is on the hori­zon. We show you seven open-air Bri­tish clas­sics that don’t cost a for­tune to buy or run

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Long, hazy evenings punc­tu­ated by the cho­rus of bird­song. The scent of freshly-trimmed lawns and hedges. The dis­tant clink of pint glasses in nearby pub beer gar­dens. There are plenty of in­gre­di­ents that go into the great Bri­tish sum­mer – and we reckon an al fresco clas­sic crafted right here in the UK is the best way to en­joy them.

The buzz of driv­ing a Bri­tish sports car or a chrome-trimmed fam­ily con­vert­ible on a hot day has a feel­good fac­tor all of its own. That’s why the mar­ket for MGs, Tri­umphs, Austin-Healeys and their flag-fly­ing coun­ter­parts is con­sis­tently strong – not just here in Bri­tain, but with our con­ti­nen­tal coun­ter­parts and US-based buy­ers too, which has helped to push prices up.

But you don’t need to spend a for­tune to put your­self be­hind the wheel of a wind-in-the-hair clas­sic. Flick through the clas­si­fieds and there are plenty of bar­gain-priced Brits out there, so we’ve chal­lenged each of the team to find some­thing suit­ably pa­tri­otic for un­der five grand, plucked straight from our clas­si­fieds pages and our sis­ter web­site We’d thor­oughly rec­om­mend do­ing the same – once you’re out there en­joy­ing the sun­shine and lap­ping up all those country lanes, you won’t re­gret it.

It re­ally is avail­able in al fresco form! Plenty of Minis, in­clud­ing the 1275 GT, were given Bri­tax and We­basto open­ing roofs in pe­riod.

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