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Bryan
Bryan
12/24/07 7:33 a.m.

Totally unscientific poll to help unstress during the holidays. Subject favorite (maybe not better) MG's Favorite T series A,C,D,orF? MGA, droptop or coupe? GT-B,C, or V8? Bonus question, what about RV8? Enjoy.

Bryan
Bryan
12/25/07 4:41 a.m.

OK I'll start.I'll take a MG TC, the one on pages 123-125 in "The Cobra in the Barn". I love the lines of the MGA coupe. I lust over the MGC GT on page 132 of MG Britain's Favorite Sports Car by Malcolm Green. Really do not like the RV8 but I quess they are already collectories in G.B. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Shinsen774
Shinsen774 None
12/26/07 9:37 p.m.

I love my MGB....but I am really intrigued by the M-type MG Midget introduced in 1928. The boat tail, the cycle fenders, the cooling vents in the sills and bonnet, and the minimal size are wonderful.

Bryan
Bryan
12/29/07 6:42 p.m.

It looks like there are more Triumph that MG fans in our studio audience. Wonder if thats the reason prices for classic Triumphs seem higher than MGs? Kinda a MG fan but still want a TR4A, lite blue and rallye preped.

Shinsen774
Shinsen774 None
12/31/07 6:42 a.m.

I think the number manufactured and imported to the USA for each marque is what drives the current prices (old fashioned supply and demand economics). Styling is a matter of taste, I like them both.

aeronca65t
aeronca65t None
12/31/07 6:51 a.m.

In 1967 (at age 16) , I bought a green 1956 MGA with wire wheels for $199. I sold it many years ago (for $60....running!), but it's still my favourite MG.

I have owned many Brit cars, but for some reason, I've never had an MGB; until a month ago. The car I bought (a '69 with wire wheels) is in very nice shape and was a great deal, bought from a friend. I've got it in storage until Spring when I'll clean it up and drive it. I hope it's an nice as the MGA to drive.

I've been racing a "Spridget" for years and mine is really a 1500 Midget, so technically, it's an MG. I really like Spridgets more than any other sports cars and I also have '73 a Spridget rat-rod....but I've never considered them "real" MGs. In my view they will always be Healeys.

The picture below was taken in 1968 when I owned the MGA and a TR3. It has just gotten worse since then....

The MGB I just bought...matches our Miata nicely.

My race Spridget (yes, that's a Grassroots sticker on the front spoiler)

Bryan
Bryan
1/1/08 6:06 p.m.

Thanks for the pics. I want to show my wife the one with the white Miata and B. "What would you do with two sportcars" she will say. Get a green MGB GT or Datsun Z and with my green Miata use them for bookends around my sand colored Maxima I will say. But I will not say anything because I do not want to start the new year with a big fight.

jm1na
jm1na None
1/1/08 9:21 p.m.

I own two sportscars. And I don't drive to work! Yes, my wife questioned it, and I bought the MG anyway! They're just like anything else one collects. If you have the room and money, you indulge in whatever hobby it may be.
I'd have to say that the BGT is really high on my list, but there are too many things to like about various MG models for me to pick a winner.

rconlon
rconlon None
1/2/08 9:41 a.m.

As 2007 draws to a close, have you found yourself wondering whatever became of... • The Chinese automaker that was going to build a manufacturing plant in Ardmore, Okla., to make new MGs? The plan is on indefinite hold since the Nanjing Automobile Group reorganized last summer and was absorbed by its larger rival, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Group. In Ardmore, there’s no new plant, no new jobs, real estate speculators are going bust, and taxpayers are stuck for a $35 million airport expansion. cheers Ron

wetpossum
wetpossum
1/2/08 10:14 a.m.

A few years ago at the British Car Days in Las Cruces, NM, there was a beautifully restored MG Magnette. It was a perfect little classic sedan: Spacious interior, dynamite looks (like a 2/3 scale Jaguar MK.II), and it probably got pretty good mileage. That being said, as a Sunbeam and Jaguar owner, I'd rather push on of those than drive an MG :)

--Mike My Website

Bryan
Bryan
1/2/08 10:24 a.m.

MG did make some very pretty sedans. But just like other manufactures they made/badge copied some stinkers also. I know why manufactures do it but sometimes famous names need to RIP. MG, Austin-Healey, GTO, etc please do not drag a great name down.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
1/2/08 2:48 p.m.

The MG ZA/ZB Magnette really is a pretty little sedan. Too bad most of them have rusted away.

I also have a hankering for a MG 1100/1300 (Big Mini). Not exactly pretty, but I like 'em.

BritishV8
BritishV8
1/9/08 5:08 p.m.

I like the V8... and anyone who likes the V8 ought to LOVE the new issue of our club newsletter - seventeen (17) different articles on the factory MGB GT V8 model in one place! It's published online. Here's the link: http://www.britishv8.org/British-V8-Current-Issue.htm

Honestly though, as a car to actually own I prefer a nicely-done V8-conversion. Lately I've been lusting after this rather radical (5.0L Rover) MGB GT:
http://www.britishv8.org/MG/LorenzHassenstein.htm

ddavidv
ddavidv None
1/10/08 5:30 a.m.

Prettiest: MGA Best car: MGB Best engine donor: MG 1100 (have the guts of one sitting in my garage for my Mini) Worst: Midget with the Triumph 1500

wspohn
wspohn None
1/10/08 11:41 a.m.

The MGA is by far my choice for favorite - and I can't think what would be second best. Maybe MGA coupe....:-)

GTV4EVR
GTV4EVR None
1/11/08 12:32 p.m.

In 1972, I sold a pair of Twin Cams (a coupe and a roadster) for $400. We also used to put B engines into A's for friends. I still kick myself on a regular basis.

Nick_95_6sp
Nick_95_6sp None
1/11/08 11:02 p.m.

As far as V8 MG's, this is not my favorite, but I saw this one at a local speed shop meet.

carnellm
carnellm
1/12/08 3:21 p.m.

Love 'em all, but for some reason I am really drawn to the 1100s. My wife says it is a sickness. http://www.mg1100.com

On the other extreme I would give for a PB Airline. In my mind there just isn't a nice form that that.

sideache
sideache None
1/12/08 3:41 p.m.

MGA Coupe and then the MG TC

Bret
Bret None
1/20/08 2:14 p.m.

I love my 78 MGB but I'd always loved the old MGTDs - Not a rocket ship but drivable on modern roads.

IanF
IanF None
1/20/08 6:54 p.m.

I love the lines of the T series cars. C, D, F - in that order.

MGA's are also nice...

But for a car I actually might be able to buy (and the only MG I've driven), I lean towards an MGB. Especially compared to the Spitfire we actually have and I've driven more. The B felt more like the Volvo 1800ES in feel. I really wish we could have driven both before choosing, but the g/f had her heart set on the Spitfire - a car I've grown to hate passionately.

Woodyhfd
Woodyhfd
1/21/08 9:30 a.m.

Okay, you guys will probably hate me for this one...

Four MGs have passed through my family: a chrome bumper B, a chrome Midget and two rubber bumper B's.

Driving qualities aside, the one that I enjoyed looking at the most was the 79 MGB Limited Edition, black with black interior, front spoiler, five spoke alloys and silver tape stripes down the sides. I've always felt that the rubber bumpers looked pretty good on a black car.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
1/21/08 5:31 p.m.

Bret, the TF actually had similar performance to a stock RB B. Sad but true.

Woody, I agree... the rubber bumpers look best on a black car, and on the LE in particular, the stripes help tie the front and rear together, and the LE spoiler helps keep the front from looking nose-heavy. Definitely the best looking of the rubber bumpers. And before I sound like a CB snob, I loved my '77 B.

EastwoodCo
EastwoodCo
1/22/08 2:44 p.m.

As a life-long MG fan, there aren't too many MGs I don't like. Even oddballs like the MG Metro and MG 1300 are on my "wish" list. But my favorites, other than my own '72 Midget, would have to include the original TF (personally perferred over the more collectible TC and TD), YB sedan, the elegant SA, and the RV8.

mjamgb
mjamgb None
1/24/08 2:59 p.m.

The ZA Magnette. My all-time favorites are the EX record breakers (en masse)! Really like the quirky streamliner looks of the LeMans special (poor puppy).

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