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Julie
Community Manager

Show us your British cars

Congratulations to @LKsE and their beautiful Jaguar E-Type for getting the most likes in our British cars show!

 

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Join our virtual car show with this week's theme: British cars.

 

Reply to this post and include:

  • A few photos of your car
  • The car's year, make, and model
  • Your location
  • (Optional) A short write-up about the car’s history or significance to you

 

No car to submit? No problem. Have fun looking at the pictures and reading stories from others. And make sure you “like” your favorites!

 

The reply with the most likes by next Thursday 28 May will win this week’s show - earning unlimited bragging rights and some Hagerty social media love.

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Twincamfan
Hagerty Employee

OK- a couple shots of my British stablemates, a 1974 Lotus Europa Special and a 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint.  I've had the Europa since my college days, when I bought it completely disassembled in boxes.  The bucket seats were our first living room furniture.  Over the years I've completely rebuilt the entire car and have driven it many miles.  I'm glad Rob Siegel finally finished his so he could embrace their quirks and acknowledge the upside of owning such a fantastic driver's car.

The Elan I picked up as a "barn find" just about two years ago and am knee deep in a full mechanical refresh due to the car sitting neglected for so long.Europa2.jpgEuropa1.jpgEuropa3.jpgElan1.JPG

Sajeev
Community Manager

Great work saving the Elan!  Both of those cars make a great pairing! 

JayDee
Pit Crew

That Elan looks like one of a pair of cars several of "us" auto crossed in the Seattle area in the late 70's.

Twincamfan
Hagerty Employee

Thanks- there can’t be many around painted the darker burgundy/white- lots of red/white cars (and fakes). This one has a vague history from new, but was an east coast car around the 80’s and 90’s. It will get a few bolt on modifications mainly for durability sake, but will attempt to keep it as true to original as possible.
patgarity
Intermediate Driver

Love the Loti (plural for Lotus). My life regrets include the sale of my Elan. I knew I would die if I kept it. My tastes are for more moderate British cars. 5 in all, 4 MGs and a TR4. My current project is my 1952 MG TDC. Sometimes called a Mk2. It’s the competition version of the common TD. Dual fuel pumps, bigger carbs, larger valves and higher compression. Taller rear gearing and double shocks. Still a slug by today’s standards but compared to Detroit’s products in those years it’s quick and offers incredible handling and rack and pinion steering. This car has a Hollywood history being once owned by Darren Mc Gavin. Best known as the dad in Christmas Story, “you’ll shoot your eye out kid”

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 MG produced only about 1500 of the Mk 2s. Some of the improvements found there way to the TF.

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 Front suspension by Alec Issigonis best known as the designer of the Mini. The unusual Andrex friction shocks utilize wooden discs.

Those blue ty wraps got to go.

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 I’ll have back on the road this week.

Whiteflagwar
New Driver

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1963 Morris Mini Cooper 997

Currently off the road fixing some minor rust issues.

Western Colorado

SWK
New Driver

That looks like it is at Boot2Bonnet. Nick does great work!

Whiteflagwar
New Driver

Yep! I am very happy with his work so far!
JayDee
Pit Crew

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1956 TR3 located in central Alabama

Owned 6 years. I saw the car for sale on Craig's List in northern VA and someone bought it before I could respond. It turned out that I knew the "restorer" who purchased it and had him complete it to my specs. It will put a smile on your face every time you drive it.

Jambones
New Driver

I was hooked when he opened the garage door.

I bought it in Burnaby, BC in 1989 from Frank Oz. He originally brought it over from England; drove it for a long time; sold it to a father and son who were going to restore it; bought it back when they got in over their heads; restored it; then sold it to me to fund the restoration of an XK120. I showed it in Jaguar concours for several years where it only took first place. I've done several weddings with it over the years, as a way of sharing it. My original plan was for it to be my winter car; my '63 Etype roadster being my summer car. Bad idea. So I wound up with two summer cars and a Land Rover Discovery for winter.

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PatDaly
New Driver

It does look like a vehicle worthy of an appearance in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" 🙂
Mowog
New Driver

1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3

I bought this car when I was 19 in 1975. It was a bit of a dog, but I rebuilt the engine, welded in a floor, painted it and drove it for 30 odd years.

About 10 years ago I completely dismantled it and restored it properly...fixing my youthful mistakes. So, it's been in the family for 45 years and I can't imagine not having it to work on...it's quite therapeutic!On the road-2.jpgOn the road-1.jpg

dwebb975
New Driver

My favorite British car

dwebb975
New Driver

My favorite British car
spacecol2001
New Driver

My wife and I own this 1960 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite. We purchased the car a few years after we were married in 1991 in the San Francisco, CA area. The car is pretty much stock except for the color and tilt front. The car has its original 948cc engine and 4-speed transmission with about 77K original miles on the odometer. The car is always a hit with children who come out with their parents to local car shows in Colorado Springs, CO because the car is "just their size". My wife and I love keeping this piece of British motoring on the road.644D737E-DA9E-4636-831E-244F36523C5E_1_101_o.jpeg

 

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win59
Detailer

My '56 Austin Healey 100. BN2, I am the second owner from new. mostly original, not restored just fixed up a bit to make a really nice driver.CAL HEALEY WEEK 2015 038.JPGQUEENS ENGLISH 2014 016.JPGGroup5x7ratio_lg (1).jpeg

1970EuropaGuy
New Driver

I'm fortunate to own 2 interesting British cars.

 

The 1970 Lotus Europa S2 I purchased a couple years ago. I've wanted a Europa since I first saw one in 1972 and finally bought a clean one that's very original. What a fun drive. The Europa is my daily driver most of the year. It's not a trailer queen!

 

The 1967 MGB GT was purchased new in California by my father in January 1968. The car was his daily driver until he sadly passed away 15 years ago. After spending 12 years at my mom's house and later in my barn I decided that the car needed to stay in the family for memories sake. I spent the past few years restoring it and it will be on the road again later this week.

 

Both cars live on Vancouver Island.

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Twincamfan
Hagerty Employee

Excellent! And hats off to you for having a Europa as a daily driver. I’d say that’s brave, but the cars really do best when driven often.
Eric
Hagerty Employee

there are so many amazing old British sports cars on Vancouver Island. Beautiful place to enjoy them, too.
mmumford
New Driver

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LKsE
New Driver

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(man.1962 reg. 1963) Jaguar E-Type living in Northern Nevada

One night, sometime in 1983, I had a very vivid dream about a Jaguar E-type. A number of weeks later, a friend told me of a dilapidated E-Type he saw in a storage yard. Since I was hopelessly infatuated with this model, I just had to go look for myself. When I arrived at the storage yard, I was utterly dumb-struck as I found myself face-to-face with the same car I had dreamt of. Not LIKE the car in the dream; it WAS the car from the dream… and it was in the same place as it was in the dream. Upon seeing it, I knew we were meant to be together. Even though I had pretty much no money and very little mechanics knowledge (everything I knew up to that point was straight from John Muir’s “How to keep your Volkswagen Alive for the Compleat Idiot”), I was able to make many, many small payments on it and learned how “wrench”. Over the years, working on this car kept me so focused that I did not wander down the many dangerous paths that life was tempting me with. In 2014, this pretty little “E” got herself selected to be in the Top 25 of the Barrett-Jackson Cup at the Hot August Nights event in Reno NV. Go figure, a little, foreign car in an ocean of American steel. 37 years and I still get goosebumps and a huge grin just looking at her. During this hard time we are all going through right now, the garage is a soul-restoring shot in the arm!

Geno
Pit Crew

B A Utiful
mkmont1946
Pit Crew

I completely understand! I am very happy for you!
SunbeamScott
New Driver

Just out of high school in Vancouver, Canada in 1977 I became the third caretaker of this 1967 Series V Sunbeam Alpine, purchased for $850 from its previous owner who had run it out of oil. After rebuilding the engine it was my daily driver for almost 10 years, also while dating my wife-to-be. Shortly after we were married I took it off the road, joking I had to know if she only married me for my car. The Sunbeam languished in various garages for many years, but I could never bring myself to part with it. I acquired a L.A.T. 79 hood, roll bar, factory hardtop and a few other bits along the way and in 2006 restored it in its original Code 109 Orchid Green colour. My wife died a few years ago, but I still drive the Alpine on sunny summer days and enjoy the many fond memories that go with it.

 

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rlaughy
Pit Crew

@SunbeamScott Great looking Sunbeam, Scott! I can't decided if I love or hate the color, but it kind of grows on you. Of course, any color looks good on a Sunbeam! Thanks for posting.

ABQjack
New Driver

I am caretaker of a 1965 Sunbeam Alpine that was build by a co-worker for his wife completing the build in 2002.

I purchased the car in 2014 with accumulated mileage at that time of around 2500 miles.

The car has a Ford 2.3 liter 4 cyl. (with Holly 390 CFM) from a 1985 Mustang II paired with a C3 Automatic transmission and a Ford positraction rearend that was narrowed.

Custom interior with leather seats (from Pontiac Fiero) and new Autometer gauges.

I have taken my friends creation and have worked a lot of the kinks associated with a complete power train replacement and am enjoying a very reliable car.IMG_0004 (1).JPGIMG_0976[1].JPGIMG_1170.JPGIMG_0011.JPG

rlaughy
Pit Crew

ABQjack Beautiful Sunbeam! Sharp-looking wheels. Do those Fiero seats hoist you a little higher, or do they sit at the same level as the stock seats? Anyway, very nice car.
Dano1
New Driver

Hello, here is my lineup:

Triumph 1976 TR6 Factory Original Car / Owned since 1983 / All Records From Purchase

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Dano1
New Driver

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My Triumph 1980 TR8 / Purchased in 2016

 

mmumford
New Driver

Dano1 - Nice TR8!  Few of these around - good to see another.

fhollier
New Driver

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 Hello, my name is Fred and car is a 1969 Triumph GT 6, fully restored and a blast to drive.  I live in Mi. Center Mi. And these cars always interested me as it was my first new car in 1971!  A true British classic!

Grace
Hagerty Employee

Love this one!

Gnbldr
New Driver

1960 Morris Minor

 

Project that got out of hand.  A lot of body mods like fastback and 48 Buick grill. Sits on 2001 blazer chassis and floor pan. Body stretched 14” and fenders widened 3” to fit chassis. Ride tech air suspension, vintage air, Dakota digital gauges. 
Like I said project that got out of hand, but well worth it. Drives and handles great!

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aspenburghound
New Driver

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1961 XKE Flat Floor . Complete restoration. Miami Beach, FL 

vrooomie
Pit Crew

My 'rent's got this from the OO, in 1965, and it went to Switzerland in 2016! It was a great 51 years!

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jwerner3
New Driver

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 1969 TR6 SUN COAST FLORIDA

RGL2MGBGT
New Driver

My British cars MY 77 MGBMY 77 MGBmy 76 MG Midgetmy 76 MG MidgetMy 71 MGB-GTMy 71 MGB-GTmy 69 Austin America (1300)my 69 Austin America (1300)

Hupmobile30
New Driver

Nice Austin America,we had one for years along with a 64 Mini

Hupmobile30
New Driver

Like
Jeff54
New Driver

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 1959 Morgan Plus 4 in Marshal, Virginia. It's a rare "home market" car, with right hand drive.

Mlc7857
New Driver

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  • Bought this 2001 pacific blue XK8 from the Original owner 4 years ago with 42,000 miles on her.  With 54,000 on her now, she is my golf cart.  She is one of few with 18” wheels.  Everything works and no warning lights... a near perfect 2001.  I’m in East Anniston, AL.

vrooomie
Pit Crew

For over 35 years, I was a British car wrench, and one of my favorites were Rover 2000 TCs: my first car was a customer's 1971, which got totaled when a Bug ran a red light and t-boned it.

 

I spent the next 33 years in search of one and here she is: Margaret, a 1967 P6, largely a survivor car...that gets USED!

 

Here she is at a rallycross, near Denver, last year: after many years away from auto crossing, the old girl set one of the faster times of the day!

 

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geminate
New Driver

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1968 Austin Cooper S

Vancouver, WA

 

We bought this car twenty years ago and spent about ten years restoring it. It was originally red with a black rood but we went with MINI Electric Blue with an Old English white roof. Just about everything has been updated/upgraded and it even has heated seats! It is a blast to drive! A couple years ago, I was able to meet the legendary Paddy Hopkirk, winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S. He was very nice and signed our sun visor!

Siropderable
New Driver

This is my 1958 right hand drive Austin A35 2 door Saloon. Car was built on 7 May 1958 and sent to Car Mart (Welsh Harp Limited) in London. Sometime after 2001 it was brought to the US and was restored by a father and son team in Macon, GA. I bought the car from them in 2016. It has a 950cc "A" series engine and a four speed manual transmission.

 

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dabsafe
New Driver

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 My 1974 MGB Roadster. 

jkevin
New Driver

1966 A-H Sprite1966 A-H Sprite1966 Sprite MkIII1966 Sprite MkIIIMy second Sprite. My first was bought in 1974 in Wisconsin, a dark blue 1968 MkIV 1275. Now I'm almost 65 years old, and enjoying this 1966, which has a transplanted 1275 and lots of sorting out done. A bit rusty around the edges, but lots of fun every time I take it out!

 

Kevin O'Connell  South Orange   www.kevinoconnell.info

patgarity
Intermediate Driver

Those Spidgets are the MOST fun to drive. Never had one.......hmmm? Maybe it’s what I need to round out my fleet.

TheFlash300
Pit Crew

I have a '79 Triumph Spitfire purchased in 2016 on Craigslist. My wife picked it and we drove across Michigan to pick it up on a Friday Afternoon. On the drive home, the interstate was shut down due to an accident and turned our 3.5 hour return trip into a 6 hour trip getting home at 3am. The Spitfire handled the journey well and so did I with a new to me car. That was the beginning of our road trips in the Spitfire. We have also journeyed from Detroit area to Blackhawk Farms Raceway going along back roads only, 12 hours with stops to cool off in 95 degree heat.

Here are a few pictures from Put in Bay Road Race Reunion last year.

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ClassicCarBill
New Driver

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     Here are two pics of my 1953 MG TD near my home in Mountain City,  TN and a picture of my 1960 Metropolitan,  its sort of British since they were built by BMC in England for Nash/AMC.