$8,493 – $9,620

The 1 Series was one of the last BMWs I truly bonded with. Small, rear-drive, great steering and balance, and a lovely turbocharged inline-six engine. You can likely find a 128i Convertible for even less money, with its sweet, sweet, naturally aspirated I6, but my money’s on the more powerful 135i – one of the best driver’s cars of its day, and still a droptop I’d love to steer every summer day.

– Steven Ewing