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
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.