Britain might be in the middle of one of the wettest Augusts in history but the incessant rain is not dampening motorists love of soft-top cars.
In fact the number of cabriolets sold by used car retail group Motorpoint rose by nearly 20 per cent between June and August compared with the same three months last year, the company said.
The biggest area of growth has been in the sale of convertible “hard tops” with the cabriolet versions of models such as the Renault Megane, Ford Focus C-C, VW Eos and Peugeot 207 proving popular with customers.
Sales of “soft tops” like the Mazda MX-5 and Saab 9-3 Convertible remain steady, although iconic models such as the VW Beetle Convertible continue to attract buyers whatever the weather.
Motorpoint managing director David Shelton said: “You would imagine given the amount of rain we’ve had so far this summer that people would be put off buying cabriolets.
“But that doesn’t seem to be case, with sales of cabriolets at the highest level for many years. I can only imagine what our sales would be like if we were to get a decent spell of weather.”