Wow. I bought one, a hard top, with the triple cylinder two stroke excelsior engine. This I tore out and replaced with a Royal Enfield Constelation 700cc .... it was crazy fast and crazy dangerous. It was quicker off the line than my brothers Austin Healy Sprite MK2. I was 16 years old at the time. I've still got a picture of it somewhere, I'll look it out and post it up.
Hi Rich, Did the doors open when you braked hard, Mine did when it pulled the rivets holding the two parts of the body tub apart. !!!! I ended up with a steel box underframe and I fibreglassed the top and bottom parts of the body together, it ended up with a honda 250 engine top speed 70 MPH same acceleration as a Mini 1000 ( the one made in england not the fake german one ) I managed to drive it 180 miles in a day !!! without bit falling apart.
Hi Folks, I have just been into the loft for chrimbo crap. I found a 1980s photo album with a piccy of my MGB roadster in the top paddock at Wiscombe, parked behind it is a 1965 AC Cobra with wide arches with lip extensions and very wide alloy wheels possibly 14" wide with low profile tyres. Its a genuine car not a kit car. My MGB is still alive according to DVLA, its taxed, and changed colour from snowberry white to green. The AC Cobra is also still taxed. Happy Memories !!!
Ha! Looking at that picture I can now see the indicator. Well, that started life as an advert in the Exchange & Mart weekly publication.
In the picture they looked huge and epic and where sold as 'Spot Lights' I got well mugged! They where neither huge or epic. And probably cost me £2.00 .
Ps..... I took out the young lady in the photograph, who is almost famous now, certainly very well known, in the T60 and ended up in a ditch just outside Wokingham in Berkshire. My dear old mum being a great sport came in here Healey 3000 MK3 and dragged it out. Oh for Gods sake, the crazy things we do along life's journey......
Hi Suggs, I paid £800 for the Mexico in 1982 it was ten years old and had new front wings fitted and a respray by then. The Austin Seven that is still in my possesion was towed home with the Mexico ( Mexico was Mothers daily driver before she sold it to me at market value ) My dad paid £2000 for the Austin which is now insured for £17000. The Mexico would be worth a lot more than the Austin today. I used to drive a Berkley T60 in 1979/80. So I have been driving ragtops since 1979 and currently have three ragtops in the garage. I have had 11 ragtops since 1977 if I can include 2 2CVs. A little of the MGB topic though.
I've had many RS Fords, but alas nothing as early as a Mk1 Mexico - earliest I had was a B reg non custom Series 1 RS Turbo. All the cars i've had like that would be worth sooo much more now, makes one want to cry!! Ha! I can't believe now I paid less than £4k about 11 years ago for a 55,000 mile totally standard (even with original exhaust!) H plate Series 2 RS Turbo in red - would be £15k now easy!
But yes, MG's are still brilliant, as we were......