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Summer is Around the Corner: 20 Inexpensive Classic Roadsters

Vukasin Herbez March 6, 2019

  1. Sunbeam Alpine/Tiger

One of the most interesting yet forgotten models in the classic roadster class is the Sunbeam Alpine. It was an English two-seater convertible Sunbeam built from 1959 to 1968. Sunbeam is a classic English brand, long gone from the market, so only a handful of enthusiasts remember them. However, the Alpine is an attractive car with dependable, conventional mechanicals and a small 1.5 or 1.7-liter four-cylinder.

Over the years, Sunbeam built over 60,000 of Alpine roadsters, so finding one shouldn’t be a problem. So, for under $20,000, you can find a nice example of this interesting car. However, if you are looking for a more serious machine, look for the Sunbeam Tiger. This model looks identical to the Alpine but packs a 260 or 289 Ford V8 engine under the hood.

And all that power gives it a much better performance and soundtrack. Before he worked for Ford, the legendary Carroll Shelby designed this model. Even though the Tiger is significantly more expensive and rarer since they build only 7,000, it has a cool history. Also, the stellar performance is well worth the investment.

  1. Honda Beat

The spiritual successor to the classic Honda S600 roadster is the ‘90s Honda Beat. Honda introduced it in 1991, selling it until 1996. The Beat was a small, nimble roadster with just 660 CCM of displacement and producing 63 HP.

In the typical Honda fashion, they naturally aspirated and equipped the car with a five-speed manual transmission. At just 1,656 pounds, it was immensely fun to drive. Honda built over 33,000 Beats in its five-year production run.

Summer is around the corner, so these are the 20 best classic roadsters you can buy today. Did you choose your favorite? They come in a range of prices that are sure to rise, so get out there and start shopping for one now while they are still affordable.

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