7. Jaguar XK8 convertible
7. Jaguar XK8 convertible
Base Price: $75,495

Another classic roadster that breaks my rule on (effective) two-seaters, the XK8 wraps the traditional British fittings of burl walnut and leather in an absolutely elegant body.

Unlike some in this price class, the controls of the Jag are straightforward and the car can be driven with effortless ease. I'd replace the touch-screen and rotary transmission shifter with toggles and a stick, but otherwise this car is both an esthetic and dynamic delight. It's a worthy successor to the original E-type on display in the Museum of Modern Art.


Last updated June 17 2011: 11:11 AM ET
Join the Conversation

Speed is a dying breed in America, but here are 10 models still available to help you unleash the beast. More

All the market research, focus groups, and top engineering can't change one simple fact: Sometimes carmakers blow it. More

Find Your Next Car

Get the latest car news: