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Unfortunately, the last MG sold new in "the colonies" was in 1980 (MGB roadster).
My father has one of the 1st post-war MG's here in the states - 1946 MG TC, proper British Racing Green over Biscuit interior of course. The car is completely original, except the tires. The original leather needs to be replaced, and the original canvas top and side curtains as well.
I do wish MG would return to the states. The marque has not been sold new here in over 20 years, yet still has significant name recognition here, and very loyal fan base. But issues with safety and emissions would need to be overcome. Still, if you look at current pricing and currency conversions, you end up with competitvely priced cars in different segments. A line-up of the TF roadster, ZT sedan (or saloon), and ZR coupe would be to die for, and you could utilize existing Land Rover dealers to introduce these cars. As you can tell, I have thought about this recently.
Which begs the question: Could MG undercut VW to become the new entry level European nameplate in the states?
thanks for the pic blueadept. it is a rather nice looking car. and besides i thought the lounge was the perfect place for it. how is the reliability of MG nowadays. a freind of mine used to have one and i remember it leaking oil like a jaguar.
sorry, i couldn't stop myself from saying that:D the MG did use a lot of oil though.
It's a good looking car. What type of engine does it have, and how much does it cost?
Also, is MG the company that built the Tiger back in the 60's? I think it was Sunbeam, but I never can remember. Either way I heard the the Tiger's had 8's and were very fast. But like the rest of the British market in America, the reliability was shaky.
I think the Tiger you are referring to is the Sunbeam Tiger... big brother to the Sunbeam Alpine.
I have heard a lot about reliability problems with Triumph and others, but my experience has been very good. I've had several cars with the Triumph 2 Litre 6 cylinder... developed off the old Wolsey 6/110 so easily a 50's engine... and it proved to be reliable and surprisingly smooth and powerful... it did stand minor tweaking from time to time... I adjusted points and tappets... balanced carbs etc... nothing that wasn't enjoyable on a sunny afternoon.
The new ones are undoubtedly Rover engines... and they have had a pretty good record recently too... so I imagine it's good news on that front. The car I posted the picture of is 160Bhp in standard trim... but the site I got the stats from is down at present... if you want to know I'll dig the specs up later.
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The Sunbeam Tiger is definitely what I was thinking of. My Father had an Alpine when they were still sold here in the states. He always speaks very highly of it.
On another topic, do you guys have Lotus Elise's over there? I've never seen one up close, and from the photographs I can't decide whether I like the cars looks or not. Regardless, they are coming here soon and seem to have good all around stats.