Summer might be over, but that does not mean you can’t let your hair blow in the wind as you cruise down the highway. Get yourself feeling like Ferris Bueller and roll down the road in a vintage automobile that drives like butter, turns heads, and does not cost more than your house. These vintage convertibles might not be top-shelf trophies, but they are great budget-friendly alternatives.
1968-1985 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat might not have the best track record in regards to longevity, but there are a few Fiat 124 Spiders still on the road. Many like to joke that Fiat stands for “Fix It Again Tony.”
With only 8,000 of the 170,000 Spiders still on the road, there might be some truth to the jokes. However, those still driving have displayed an impressive endurance for the much-maligned brand.
1992-1995 Mercedes-Benz 300CE/E320 Cabriolet
There’s a good chance the 560 SL is way out of your price range, hitting over $20,000. If you are looking for a replacement Benz flush with early-90s style, this model will be a great substitute and starter kit.
It has right-angle styling and a toughness about it which does not take away from its gliding feel.
1985-1987 Buick Riviera Convertible
If this car is good enough for Ryan Gosling in La La Land, it is good enough for you. The Riviera convertible only comes in maroon and white, but perfectly projects the vibes of the mid-80s.
It is a comfortable ride, but you should avoid bringing it into major cities due to its poor parkability. The Riviera is also not recommended for those looking for fuel efficiency.
1978-82 Corvette Stingray
We are breaking the rules on this one. The Stingray is a T-top, which does not technically count as a convertible.
The car itself might have heavy mirrored glass panels which are difficult to take off and might be leaky but will give you the opportunity to cruise around like a baller with the stereo blasting.