Convertible popularity ‘booming’

Convertible cars have been popular so far this year and look set to continue attracting interest, despite May bringing its fair share of wet weather, according to auction house BCA.

In the first three months of 2007, the price of a typical three-year-old, 30,000-mile soft-top car increased by £399, or 2.4 per cent, to reach £13,718, the company reports.

Open-top cars are more popular in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, according to BCA, despite the notoriously changeable weather in the UK.

The Mazda MX-5 is described as a "perennial favourite", while the BMW X4 and VW Beetle convertible are also traditionally popular options.

Simon Henstock, network operations director at BCA, said that with summer around the corner, the immediate future for the convertible market looks bright.

"With plenty of demand from buyers, we’re expecting prices for convertibles to remain high," Mr Henstock said.

"And they could stay high all summer if the weather forecasters’ promise of a long, hot summer comes true."

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