British roadsters have always been the Rodney Dangerfield of sports cars: Old people used to like them, and most had bugged-out "eyes." Oh, ok. Fine. Yes, it's the whole "no respect" thing. Sorry. Obvious analogies make my skin crawl.

Of course, such lack of respect for such roadsters only registers among misguided souls, and perhaps those who've waded, elbow-deep, into a Lucas wiring harness and were never heard from again. Anyone else who's ever driven a classic Brit'ster can't help but come away charmed to the core.

This week on CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS, Monkey sets out in an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, Jaguar F-Type V8 S and Porsche 911 Carrera S cab to find out if the new generation (or semi-new, in the Aston's case) of roofless wonders meet the demands of British B-road and track hoonage.


Spoiler alert: they do. It's how they do that makes the difference. Which one does it the best? Well, define best. Suffice to say, respect is assumed.