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Hi there,

What are you guy's opinions on older English cars, you know, stuff like MGB's/E-Type Jaguars/Aston Martins etc?? I'm English & am curious as to what your opinions are.

Over here the only older American cars that are particularly well thought of are mainly muscle cars - Chargers, Mustangs etc etc.

posted by  J Clarence II

Perhaps you could send me over an older E-type or Aston and I will be more than happy to provide you with a truely honest opinion.

As far as looks and styling are concerned, I wouldn't throw either one out of my stable for leaking oil on the floor.

posted by  theman352001

Gorgeous cars that are very nimble.

posted by  giant016

Aston Martin..... what can i say about that car..... *sigh and dribble*

I lurvvveeee the Aston. I would sell my firstborn son for the Aston...the mid to late 60's models though.


posted by  MackGT69

I too think of beautiful cars when I think of British cars, but wasn't the E-Type Jag pretty unreliable? lol

posted by  chris_knows

Well "English Cars" is a pretty broad term. I've driven Land Rovers, Jaguars, Bentleys and Aston Martins, and I like them all, especially the styling and sound of the Astons. But I don't have any experience with any others.

posted by  Mathew

I've seen quite a few MGBs up where i am, considered buying one at one point, i do like their styling, however i'm not sure about their reliability. I can say they are in my top 10 list of favorite cars.
Don't see many e-types or any aston martins as such so i cant' say much about them

posted by  Bubba

When I think of older Brit cars, I think of these:

Austin Allegro

http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/classics/austin-allegro/03-large/allegro -f3q-blue.jpg


Austin Princess

and these:

Morris Marina

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/86/Morris.marina.arp.750pi x.jpg/250px-Morris.marina.arp.750pix.jpg

There are plenty more poor examples or British engineering, too lol. I believe the Allegro had a square steering wheel, and the windscreen was prone to popping out whenever you lifted it off the ground lol

posted by  Cliffy

On the other hand, here's some more....


Rover V8


http://www.autoteile-blinker.de/images/AUSTIN%20METRO%20LS-MG-SURF%200185-1 290.jpg

Apart from the trusty Metro at the bottom, they are not bad cars....but I'm still not keen myself lol

posted by  Cliffy

Hmmm. What do I know about British cars?

Right now I own two Range Rovers, there's an MGB in the garage being painted after I finished the body restoration, with an MGB GT ready to follow that one up. I've owned two MG Midgets, an MGA, a TR3, a TR7, two Jag XJ6s and a Jag Mk IX.

My wife still wants a 1967 E Type 4.2 roadster (Series 1.5 with the covered headlights). Her dad has had three of them. I plan on buying a '75-77 Jag XJ12C after my convertible is finished.

What do I think of British cars? What do you think? ;)

posted by  ChrisV

Yeah there are really appealing old pommy cars out there. e.g. I like the Austin Healy BN1 look.

posted by  Wally

To MG-Rover to closed and put in liquidation all its cars.
Jaguar no longer is English now is of ford.
Land-Rover no longer is English now is of ford.
Of its better cars.
http://img348.imageshack.us/img348/5997/austinmini20rt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/987/authimg1100015od.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img348.imageshack.us/img348/4145/img00287pq.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img348.imageshack.us/img348/8540/mininacho3fp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

posted by  Euspa

The good 'ol Morgan LOL, id be scared to death to drive that around a track.
well, at least the old ones. Just saw the '06 Aero 8, looks pretty nice

posted by  davsmitty

EUspa.. I love mini's ! I don't know if I prefer the classic or the new ones (like in 'The Italian Job'. :doh:

posted by  javisanti

to me it enchants the old Mini one

posted by  Euspa

I think they're beautiful cars. I love them. Unfortunately, though, I havent had the privilege of driving one yet. :oops:

posted by  SlipKnoT

How about ascari? England makes great cars. When I think about all english cars, I can't say there's any I don't like.


^^ I saw that car in Paris...are they nice cars? MG?

EDIT: I'm sorry I didn't see the date!!

posted by  Bronxie

:laughing: i didnt think english cars had such an impression!
i like the old Austin Healey 3000

the TVR Cerbera 4.5

the Rover 75

and obviously lots others

posted by  True_Brit

Yes, the MG TF, the older versions were called the MGF. I personally hate them, but that's my overall view of Rover I'm afraid, lol

posted by  Cliffy

thats a late 2003 MGTF, the liscense plate is a 53, registered after september i believe! as for the car, i sort of like them, not the pokiest of all engines though, i think its a 1.8, not sure

posted by  True_Brit

i also like the Rover P6 3.5 V8
rovers new badge
The Triumph GT6
the Jaguar mk7
the Land Rover Defender 110

posted by  True_Brit

If you're refering to his post about dates....I think he means of the thread....not the car. If you're not, my apologies :laughing:

Love the 'OVER' badge by the way, lol

posted by  Cliffy

Old British cars....

Theyre nice and all, but a little too much "charm" for me.

I once was looking at buying a Triumph Spitfire.

Thing was, it was a '79.

The bumpers probably weighed about half the total weight of the thing.
The top was up, and i wasnt sure my head would clear it in a rainstorm.
All the paint on the bottom was rusted up.
I didnt buy it.

My friend has a '73. He's constantly tending to the damn thing. Ive never been in it; he says its really quick, but he wont drive it if theres a heavy breeze since it weighs about 2 lbs.

Classic British cars are for a certain breed of people. I like them, but Im just not the type of person who would ever own one.

Id rather blow my cash and time on a late-60's Charger or Goat

posted by  omegaV12

A lot of that era American cars are that way, too. And the ones you're looking at will be that way in he same price range. Not a british thing, just an age thing.

I've got an old American car that is in that shape right now, too. Old cars are like that.

Then he's an idiot. Small sports cars have no problems in anything less than gale force winds. I drive the one in my sig daily.

Admirable, but you really shoul dexpereince teh agility and nimbleness of a small sports car.

BUT, don't go assuming that classic British cars are just like that Spitfire, which one of the smallest british sports cars. Jags are much larger, and cars like my old Jaguar XJ6s are nearly 5000 lbs of luxury for cheap:


One of those, with a Chevy small block (or like my buddy has, a Ford big block, are much fun, comfy, classy and I'd bet you'd even fit in it... ;)

My current British car is this one:


Definitely not small.

posted by  ChrisV

I think the bumpers that the US models had were far larger. I remember seeing a Restoration programme here in the UK and they removed the 'ends' of the bumpers and replaced with UK spec parts....I think it was a Spitfire anyway! Can't get much worse than the newer MGB plastic bumpers, lol :ohcrap:

posted by  Cliffy

i think the plastic bumpers were put on to fit into the american regulations for selling their cars there!

posted by  True_Brit

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