Car & Classic – the largest online marketplace in Europe for classic and specialist vehicles – may give the widest choice of convertible fun, reaching beyond the UK for one’s dream car.

The MGB is the epitome of British classic sports car fun, and for decades was the model to beat, partly because of its good looks and partly because it was always conceived as a convertible, and not a topless coupé variation. UK-based ‘live’ auctions expected to fetch under £20k are early “pull-handle” samples like this 1963 MGB Roadster or the later 1972 MGB Roadster, both powered by the 1.8 B-series engine and sporting shiny chrome bumpers; they are an alternative to the 1969 MGB V8 Roadster with new (2009) Heritage shell and Rover 3.9 V8 engine, which boasts drilled and grooved front discs, upgraded electrics, radiator and rear suspension, and re-engineered front suspension with ball-joints, anti-roll bar and revised spring rates.

MGBs are the tip of the considerable convertible iceberg at Car and Classic

“Enabling potential buyers to find their ideal classic regardless of where it is and facilitating safe international transactions online is Car & Classic’s ultimate mission,” says Car & Classic Head of Editorial Dale Vinten. “It is what our online auction platform, launched in the middle of the pandemic, set out to achieve at a time when people’s movements were restricted. Moreover, it is interesting to compare offerings from different parts of Europe and beyond with UK-based classic cars as we continue to expand and consign more and more vehicles from abroad.”

In line with the international flavour of its online platform, Car & Classic has put together a handy guide for a British private buyer to import a classic car from abroad.