A NUMBER of stunning drop-tops will be going up for auction next week.

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne are busy gearing up for their online classic and vintage car auction, on Saturday, May 30, which includes a range of classic drop-top cars.

“With the Coronavirus restrictions starting to be lifted in England and the sun coming out it is a great time to buy a classic convertible, especially with low interest rates giving little return on investments,” said Charterhouse's Richard Bromell.

“This is the time of year when classic car enthusiasts emerge from winter slumber and I think there are many car people itching to get out an about.

"With most classic car shows and meetings being cancelled we will see an increase of classics out and about in the towns, especially at the weekend as owners look for an excuse to drive their treasured cars.”

There is an old car trade saying is “when the top comes down the price goes up”, but in the Charterhouse online classic car auction there are some cracking convertibles many of which are estimated at way less than a modern second hand car and some being sold without reserve.

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There is a restored 1953 MG TD estimated at £22,000-24,000, a 1974 MG Midget without reserve, a 1985 Alfa Romeo Spider, which was featured in a Wheeler Dealers TV programme and has the appropriate registration number A20 LFA, £8,000-9,000, a 1989 BMW 320i convertible £5,000-6,000, a 1998 Mercedes-Benz 320SL with a panoramic hardtop with no reserve, a 1998 Jaguar XK8 convertible £6,500-7,500 and a 2003 Porsche Boxster S with low miles and very good service history £7,500-8,500

Charterhouse are still accepting further entries for this specialist online auction of classic and vintage cars being sold from noon on May 30.

Contact Richard Bromell at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, on 01935 812277, visit www.charterhouse-auction.com or email Richard with images of your car to enter in the auction on rb@charterhouse-auction.com.

Here are some of the convertibles going under the hammer - which do you fancy driving home?

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1989 BMW 320i convertible £5,000-6,000

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1953 MG TD £22,000-24,000

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1998 Jaguar XK8 convertible £6,500-7,500

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1998 Mercedes-Benz 320SL no reserve

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1974 MG Midget no reserve

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1985 Alfa Romeo featured in a Wheeler Dealers TV programme £8,000-9,000

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2003 Porsche Boxster S £7,500-8,500