But the humble tourist's loss is the Open-top Shed devotee's gain - a bad summer equals cheap drop-tops.
Autumn is always a good time to get yourself a low-priced soft-top, of course, as the prospect of a cold, rainy autumn looms large. But this year it seems that so rich are the bargain-basement convertible pickings that we bring you not one, not two, but three whole SOTWs this week.
And so, in neither alphabetical nor preferential order, may we present to you the £750 3-series convertible, the £995 Audi cabriolet, and the £850 Mazda MX-5...
BMW 320i convertible
No four-seat cabrio of the 1980s is going to going to truly have you giggling like a simpleton over your favourite country road, but this might be as close as you're going to get, with six-cylinder power (albeit just 127bhp of it) and rear-wheel drive.
This particular car is also an auto, and so would encourage cruising rather than blatting, but for 750 quid that's really splitting hairs. Especially when a more conventionally tidy example could easily set you back £3k.
And by 'conventionally tidy' we mean a car whose rear brake shoes don't need replacing, and has a hood that isn't on the way out.
Mind you, all the other 'bad points' in the vendor's description don't sound too drastic (although 'rim scuffing' does sound moderately unpleasant until you realise he's talking about the car's alloys) and there's more than six months to go before you'd have to put it through the dreaded MOT...
If a BMW isn't your favourite flavour of soft-top yuppie-mobile, then how about the ever-so-dependable, ever-so-cool Audi Cabriolet? This was Audi's first soft-top (hence, we suppose, why it didn't feel the need to bother with a model name) and was made eternally famous, of course by its association with Princess Diana.
If a BMW isn't your favourite flavour of soft-top yuppie-mobile, then how about the ever-so-dependable, ever-so-cool Audi Cabriolet? This was Audi's first soft-top (hence, we suppose, why it didn't feel the need to bother with a model name) and was
Its key features include a soft top that can be retracted in 9.5 seconds while the vehicle drives at a speed of up to 30 kilometers per hour. The vehicle, already released in some overseas markets, will be available in five colors for 3.99 million yen
The new Golf Cabriolet with its electrically operated folding canvas roof will run alongside VW's Golf based Eos CC folding hard-top Coupe-Cabriolet and the Beetle soft top Cabriolet due in the UK in a year's time. Volkswagen is one of the world's most
August 31, 2011 | Fiat By Paul Lienert, Correspondent | Published Aug 31, 2011 The Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia is painted Blu Abu Dhabi with a black canvas convertible top. The Abarth Punto Super Sport features a two-tone paint scheme, with matte-black
The last soft top Golf (nameplated Cabrio) went away in 2002, to be replaced in the Volkswagen stable by the New Beetle convertible and, at the higher end, the hard-top convertible Eos. The new Golf Cabriolet has a top that opens completely in nine
A convertible designed for all seasons
Like its predecessors, built more than 680,000 copies, the new Golf Cabriolet has a soft top classic .
replacing its rollover protection system with a rollover protection that automatically deploys within milliseconds, Volkswagen engineers have helped to give the Golf Cabriolet Golf Classic line.
The windshield frame and reinforced structural changes on the base, the lateral body parts, low door, the rear wall and doors, and many reinforcements contribute to the security level and the Golf Cabriolet its rigidity.
The soft top soft electro-hydraulic control of the new generation of best-selling Volkswagen convertible opens in nine seconds and closes in 11 seconds. The command you roof can be done by rolling up a speed of 30 km / h.
Less expensive and more modern than the Audi A3 Cabriolet, it is also more competitive than the Volkswagen Eos, which has more powerful engines and greater versatility with its retractable hardtop.