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Revealed: Motorists in the Scottish Highlands buy more convertibles than Londoners

Only the incredibly brave or stupid buy convertibles in the rain-afflicted United Kingdom, and it appears the residents of some districts are more courageous (or idiotic) than others. Citroen has conducted research that reveals the UK’s top ten convertible ‘hot spots’, as well as the top ten ‘cold spots’, and the results are somewhat surprising.

Despite the freezing weather, the people of the Highlands buy more convertibles than their London counterparts.
Despite the freezing weather, the people of the Highlands buy more convertibles than their London counterparts.

Leading the pack by a country mile is Elmbridge, Surrey, whose population of 130,900 registered 5,329 drop tops between them in March 2013, making for a convertible to resident radio of 1 convertible for every 25 residents. The City of London wasn’t far behind. Its residential population of 7,400 is relatively tiny due to the high concentration of businesses in the area, but that didn’t stop them registering 294 cars over the same period, making for the same 1:25 ratio as Elmbridge.

South Bucks, Surrey Heath, Windsor & Maidenhead , hart in Hampshire, Tandridge, Mole Valley, Uttlesford and Epping Forest rounded out the top ten hotspots.

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Eilean Siar in the Outer Hebrides topped the list of convertible cold spots, with 56 convertibles registered as of March 2012 from a residential population of 26,200. That’s surprisingly high if you ask us, given the average temperature in the region is just 6 degrees Celsius.

The 22,400 people of the Shetland Islands bought 57 convertibles between them, while 20,100 Orkney Islanders bought 55 drop tops – a 1:365 ratio. Strangest of all was the fact the people of the Scottish Highlands bought 1,198 convertibles — more than the London boroughs of Newham and Hackney.

The lowest ratio of convertible ownership fell to Kingston Upon Hull in East yorkshire, with just 1,493 drop tops registered between a quarter of a million people.

Check out the full list below.

UK CONVERTIBLE ‘HOTSPOTS’          
  DISTRICT COUNTY CONVERTIBLES REGISTERED
(MARCH 2012)
POPULATION (MARCH 2011) CONVERTIBLE: RESIDENT RATIO
1 Elmbridge Surrey 5329 130900 01:25:00
2 City of London London 294 7400 01:25:00
3 South Bucks Buckinghamshire 2481 66900 01:27:00
4 Surrey Heath Surrey 2940 86200 01:29:00
5 Windsor & Maidenhead Berkshire 4864 144600 01:30:00
6 Hart Hampshire 3004 91000 01:30:00
7 Tandridge Surrey 2727 83000 01:30:00
8 Mole Valley Surrey 2799 85400 01:31:00
9 Uttlesford Essex 2559 79400 01:31:00
10 Epping Forest Essex 4014 124700 01:31:00
           
UK CONVERTIBLE ‘COLDSPOTS’          
  DISTRICT COUNTY CONVERTIBLES REGISTERED
(MARCH 2012)
POPULATION
(MARCH 2011)
CONVERTIBLE:
RESIDENT RATIO
379 Eilean Siar N/A 56 26200 08:48:00
378 Shetland Islands N/A 57 22400 07:33:00
377 Orkney Islands N/A 55 20100 07:05:00
376 Newham London Borough 1070 308000 05:48:00
375 Hackney London Borough 1153 246300 04:34:00
374 Isles of Scilly N/A 11 2200 04:20:00
373 Manchester Greater Manchester 2643 503100 04:10:00
372 Highland N/A 1198 221600 04:05:00
371 Moray N/A 484 87700 04:01:00
370 Kingston Upon Hull East Yorkshire 1493 256400 03:52:00
           

* DVLA information on the number of cars registered as of March 31 2012 showed that 5,329 convertible cars were registered in the Borough of Elmbridge, which was recorded as having a population of 130,900 in the 2011 Census.

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