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Convertibles with a lot of attention value for little euros: 50 open youngtimers up to 5,000 euros and 5 exotic cars

Inexpensive convertibles that are guaranteed to attract attention
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D enn you don't have to go to the roofless bar goods like VW Golf, Opel Astra, 3-series BMW, Ford Escort or Mazda MX-5. For the few big bills, there are definitely more unusual convertibles. In our picture gallery we show used used cars up to 5,000 euros and here we present 5 exotic ones.

Ford Streetka - unloved but with good systems

Let's start small - with the Ford Streetka . After all, the little speedster was built by Pininfarina and achieved respectable production figures in around 2 years. Around 37,000 units were sold between 2003 and 2005.

The Streetka is an attractive convertible for used buyers because it is based on very simple and reliable high-volume technology. The platform of the Fiesta is the basis of the only 3.65 long two-seater, the 1.6-liter Duratec four-cylinder with 95 hp was used as the only engine. The cast iron block identifies it as a stable construction, but it is combined with a light metal cylinder head. Big advantage for used buyers who value cheap maintenance: this 1.6 series has a timing chain.

Well-kept Streetka is available from around 2,500 Euro

Currently around 390 vehicles are listed on mobile.de, it starts at less than 1,500 euros, the majority of the range is between 2,000 and 3,000 euros. As standard settings for our current search we choose 'full service history' and a mileage of up to 100,000 km - there are still more than 80 Ford Streetka listed in this restricted way.

So if you are looking for a cheap, uncomplicated fun and city car, that is visually striking and drives dynamically, should include the 1,130 kg light Streetka on his list.

Chrysler PT Cruiser - the loud convertible for Hobbyists

Anyone who needs more space and is into the design of the US hot rods can hardly find the Chrysler PT Cruiser over. The four-seater convertible with bar was only built for 2 years. It was probably too small for the Americans, too unusual for the European market. But that is the strength of the retro convertible today. The PT Cruiser will definitely attract attention in traffic.

The 143 hp four-cylinder with 2.4 liters is recommendedDisplacement that does not inspire with revving, but is sufficient for all everyday occasions. However, you have to compromise on the quality of workmanship. Online there are currently just under 10 examples of the PT Cruiser Convertible with less than 100,000 km. It starts at just under 4,000 euros. Without the restrictions, there are around 50 offers from around 2,500 euros.

Fiat Barchetta - underrated Spider with BMW Z8 relatives

The Fiat Barchetta was the Italian answer to the Japan bestseller Mazda MX-5. When this roadster was launched in 1995, everyone wanted it. Above all, the Barchetta was a favorite of women and also the ideal second car for family fathers who liked to drive and wanted to please their wife - but actually themselves.

The beautiful line of the 'Bötchen' - so they Translation of the name - comes from the pen of Andreas Zapatinas. Yes, exactly to the designer who, after the Barchetta designed the BMW Z8. The BMW top had apparently noticed the talent of the then 38-year-old.

Especially in the German market, Fiat had a great success. Around half of the almost 58,000 copies came across the Alps. The Barchetta is also based on mass production technology. The platform donated the Punto, and with it the drive concept - one of the few points of criticism that can be blamed on the Italian. Rear-wheel drive would have been even nicer, but the combination of 131 hp 1.8-liter with the well-concealed front-wheel drive ensures driving fun.

Excellent handling and a cash cushion of 1,000 euros

The excellent handling of the Fiat Barchetta is also the most convincing argument for a purchase. Otherwise there are plenty of downsides. The workmanship is lousy, the material thickness of some components is undersized. For example with the hoods, which were made from thinner sheet metal. In addition, there are add-on parts that simply fall off during the journey - you should be able to come to terms with that.

When buying, you should also plan around 1,000 euros of safety cushion - in case the susceptible phase adjuster /phase shifter occurs the 1.8-liter unit passed. You can tell whether it is defective by the pecking noise it makes, hence the nickname of this component: 'Diesel part'. With a purchase price of sometimes less than 1,000 euros, you can easily get over this repair fee. Anyone looking for a car with a full service history and less than 100,000 km should expect around 3,000 euros.

Soft Sweden convertible with 5-cylinder power

Those who slowly approach the limit of 5,000 euros can also think about some former luxury convertibles. How about for example a Volvo C70 convertible, which was built from 1998 and sold a year later in Europe. This Volvo was the brand's first convertible since 1956.

That the C70 convertible was mainly sold in the US market should be, you can already see after the first brisk curves - the chassis is quite soft. The open Swede, on the other hand, does not lack longitudinal dynamics at all, its wonderful-sounding inline five-cylinder engines deliver between 163 and 245 hp, the 2.4 T with 193 hp is recommended ( from 2002: 200 HP). The Volvo is also at the forefront when it comes to safety equipment.

There are Volvo C70 convertibles for well under 4,000 euros, but then mostly with mileages beyond the 200,000 km mark does not have to be for those with a checkbook Be an exclusion criterion, because the robust engines can easily last twice as long with good care. In any case, you should pay attention to a properly functioning roof when buying. There should be no creaking noises, jamming or pauses when opening and closing. The complex roof mimicry is very expensive to repair.

Giant convertible for the extended family

Now we come to one of the longest convertibles on the market, the Chrysler Stratus Cabriolet. With its 4,902 mm, the American plays in the league of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. It is recommended as an open travel partner for the whole family, because even with the top down there is still a 300-liter trunk.

You shouldn't under any illusions when it comes to processing. Hard plastic dominates the interior and has been pragmatically assembled. The equipment is usually extensive, cruise control, air conditioning, electric windows etc. are standard - whether everything works must be checked during the tour. The open Chrysler Stratus could with a two-liter -Four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter V6 can be ordered.

Chrysler Stratus Cabriolet for less than 2,000 euros

Fortunately, most of them opted for the V6 with 170 hp, because even this one has to haul a lot with the almost 1.6-ton XXL convertible. But the Ami is not built for fast driving anyway, its domain is quiet, relaxed gliding, which it also enables quite comfortably thanks to its wheelbase of around 2.70 m.

It is already ready to drive for well under 2,000 euros Chrysler Stratus Convertibles, serviced cars with less than 100,000 km cost around4,000 to 5,000 euros.

These 5 youngtimer convertibles - and more than 40 alternatives for less than 5,000 euros - are shown in our photo show.


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