Porsche is pretty good at sports cars. The Boxster GTS is one of its very best, despite not costing anywhere near the most, combining Porsche's simply staggering 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine, with a manual gearbox and an open-air experience. There are more practical open tops, but if that doesn't matter then you can't go wrong with a GTS.
Mazda's MX-5 is one of the most famous two-seat open-tops around, but its metal-roof stablemate the MX-5 RF is often forgotten about. That's a huge shame because it offers electric roof movement and more quiet on the motorway without hurting what the MX-5 has always excelled at; the way it drives. If you're looking at a fabric-roof standard MX-5, make sure you try the RF too.
The Mercedes E-Class is a fine car as a saloon, but it's also a brilliant open top. The E-Class puts comfort before agility, but we're fine with that, plus it feels very luxurious inside, has a great infotainment system and there's a choice of strong but smooth and quiet engines.
The Mini has recently been facelifted, giving it a new look and improved tech. It's still the same Mini so many people love though, with a sharp drive and high-quality cabin. It's not particularly roomy in the back seats, but if that doesn't matter, the Mini is one of the best small open-tops there is.
The BMW 4 Series Coupe is a superb car to drive and barely any of that is lost when it loses its roof to become the 4 Series Convertible. You also get a very high-quality interior and one of the best infotainment systems on sale, plus BMW's superb range of petrol and diesel engines too.
Also on the expensive side is this Lexus LC Convertible, but again, it feels worth every penny. It has a brilliant V8 engine, a top-drawer cabin and floats down the road keeping you nicely cocooned from the elements. Its infotainment system is terrible, but everything else is spot on.
Quite simply, if you want to make the biggest statement, you drive a Rolls-Royce. If you want people to see you make that statement more easily, you drive a Rolls-Royce Dawn. Nothing with four wheels and without a roof is more comfortable or luxurious, but you'll need to be in the top 0.1% to buy and run one.
The Bentley Continental GT isn't quite as sumptuous inside as the Rolls-Royce, but that's a bit like saying a Breitling watch isn't quite as luxurious as a Patek Phillippe – both are way beyond the reach of most. Be in no doubt, Bentley's interior is beautiful, plus it's sharper to drive than the Roller and arguably better looking. It's a stunning drop-top by any measure.
The best Aston Martin for quite some time, the Vantage borrows its sledgehammer V8 from Mercedes and goes like stink while sounding like thunder. The Roadster lets you hear it even more quickly and manages to look even better than the fixed-roof coupe with its cloth roof folded away. Expect the bills to be big, though.
The 911 Targa gets its own unique look and clever folding hard roof, which when up, provides better insulation from the elements than the cloth-roof 911 Cabriolet. Yes, it's also slightly heavier, but you'd struggle to notice in the corners versus other 911s, plus you get the same fantastic interior, brutal flat-six engine and lovely touchscreen infotainment system.