2. BMW Z4 – priced from £3,500
We simply couldn’t believe our eyes when we looked up the price of these stylish BMW roadsters; cheap as Chinese chips. The Z4 was released with a choice of six pot engines, 2.2, 2.5 or the flagship (at the time) 3-litre lump.
All are super-smooth, as you would expect from the German manufacturer, and if you can stretch to a 2006 (starting at about £6,500) 3.0-litre model you’ll get another 35bhp and a 0 to 60 time of 5.7-seconds! Steer clear of the sluggish 2.0-litre and make sure the car has been regularly serviced and that the oil is fresh and we don’t think you’ll go far wrong with one of these stylish 2-seaters.
They are well catered for in the aftermarket scene but we’d keep the touches simple and classy to match the car’s style.