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There comes a time every year, just a few days usually in early spring, when even the staidest, most sensible of Brits starts to look longingly at convertibles. Days are getting longer, daffodils are in bloom and suddenly the wind in your hair starts to sound appealing. If you are seriously interested in buying a convertible, now's the time, because the closer you get to summer, the higher the prices go. The following offer stand out summer fun at surprisingly affordable prices.

Citroen C1 Airscape

The C1 Airscape is a modern and practical city car, with the added bonus of a button operated, retractable fabric roof. It hasn't been out long but ex demo models are already coming on to the market for a very reasonable £9,000.

Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

Slightly older and more spacious, the same amount of money will buy you this funky convertible. The severe lack of boot space is limiting but this cheeky little car is all about the fun factor and whizzing around with the sun on your face, rather than dreary trips to the supermarket.

Peugeot 207 CC

The French are pretty good at this cabriolet business, and the 207 CC is an absolute bargain at about £3,000 for a 2007 model. If you can spend a bit more, £6,000 should get you a three year old version of this smart convertible.

Renault Wind

Commercially, the Wind was a complete failure for Renault in the UK and was only on the market for a short time. However, that means it comes with some rarity value, and it's not bad looking either. £5,000 should get you a decent used model, but you may have to search quite hard to find one.

Bentley Continental GTC

The word 'affordable' is rarely applied to Bentleys, but you can find used versions of this ultra luxurious convertible for a relatively bargainous £40,000. Great for posing and winding up the neighbours - until you have to fork out for a service, that is...

Mini Convertible

Equally British and even more iconic, the Mini is full of funky retro charm, and the convertible version is even more fun. You can find three year old models for £10,000.

Fiat 500C

If patriotism isn't your thing, the Fiat 500C is arguably as cool as the Mini and cheaper, from £6,000 used.

Vauxhall Cascada

The Cascada is a rather good car, let down by over ambitious pricing. For the sort of money you'd pay for a brand new model, buyers expect a premium badge. On the plus side, hard hitting depreciation means used versions are a bargain.

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