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Re: Show us your British cars

New Driver

Well, here is our Invicta Type-A (high chassis) from 1929.  It has a Meadows 4.5 litre engine, with lots of torque.  My dad was a stylist at Chrysler for many years, and after working on the interior of the Plymouth Barracuda and some other cars he was "volunteered" to go to Chrysler's operations in Europe:  first for 6 months at Simca, and then for 4 1/2 years at Rootes in Coventry, UK.  While there, he went to an auction for "something British" since he'd left his '36 Ford Coupe back stateside, and ended up with this car.  It wasn't something that he'd really heard of before, but he liked the lines of the car (ironically, the car company didn't do bodies or interiors, and that was all done by a "bespoke" coachbuilder called the Carlton Carriage Company.).  

 

Over time, we met other owners at meets in the UK, learning more about the marque and its place in British automotive history.  But I was only 9 at the time, so I was more interested driving around with my dad, and seeing the countryside.  Eventually, we moved back to the Detroit area, ready to finally restore the car, but family and economics got in the way (coming back after the oil crisis, surviving the Iacocca years at Chrysler, etc), and so it laid in pieces in a garage for 20 years.  But once he retired, he started the restoration project in earnest, and put it together with a good eye for the car's design. 

Unfortunately his eyes started giving out on him after a couple of strokes, and he (reluctantly) passed the car on to my family.  These days, I try to get out as much as I can with my kids (who are all home now, staying safe), so they can have the same kind of memories to share as I had from my dad and our time in England.

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Re: Show us your British cars

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.

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2013 MORGAN 3 - Brooklands Edition #50/50

Pit Crew

This 3 - wheeler is like flying a Sopwith Camel on the ground. A perfect summer car in all ways. Lots of power, sound, and wind in the face. 125 HP/900#. My dog's favorite ride.DSC_0008.JPGDSC_0009.JPGDSC_0022.JPGDSC_0023.JPGDSC_0024.JPG

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Re: Show us your British cars

New Driver

My 1974 MGB / NY Here are a couple pics of my MGB “tink” named after a noise it took me a while to track down.  Still has the 5 MPH impact bumpers as she came off the line just prior to the rubber bumper wrap.  Pic is from Cars and CoffeeE1D18853-813F-473E-8ED5-CFA39381783A.jpeg

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Re: Show us your British cars

New Driver

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

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I have been a fan of Lotus automobiles for many years.  My first was an Europe that I picked up at the factory in May 1968.  After returning from Vietnam, I bought a 1956 Lotus 11 LM from Evel Kneivel's father and raced it in the NW.  I sold it when the Army moved me back east.  In 2018, I decided it was time for another Lotus and bought a 1991 Elan M100 from a good friend who was the original owner.  I've enjoyed the Elan a lot together with the folks in the Southern British Car Club here in Chattanooga, TN.  One of the adventages of living in SE TN is that it is possible to have a nice day's drive through the mountains that includes the Tail of the Dragon - 318 corners in 11 miles.  Mike Flood, the President of the SBCC and I did that last year.  The car has been reliable and FUN!

 

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Re: Show us your British cars

New Driver

1983 Jaguar XJ-S

26,066 Original Miles

British Racing Green w/. Barley (Tan) Interior

All original, no accidents, doesn’t appear to have ever been smoked in.

Second Owner

All electrics function properly

Wire wheels are Dealer installed option with Jaguar Spanners and new Goodyear tires

No rust, Paint is factory original

Euro-spec (Hella) headlight upgrade

Car has all original (functional) emissions equipment

Interior as new, no tears or cracks in the dash nor seats. No wear marks in bolsters.

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Re: Show us your British cars

New Driver

The first car, I ever owned, was a used 1959 Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite. Boy! Did I love that car. Unfortunately, real life got in the way and I was forced to let her go. A decision that I regretted for a very long time. For years, I did the practical thing and bought sedans, coupes, minivans, and SUV's. Fast forward almost 40 years, I was finally able to purchase this gorgeous Primrose yellow 1960 Bugeye.rose_edit001.jpg

She's just as much fun to drive as I remember and is always a hit at local car shows with the kids and ladies.

Here in New Jersey, the COVID pandemic doesn't allow us to get out and about very much. But, when we do … rest assured... we always practice safety first.

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