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Classic Car Watch
Affordable British Cars

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

October 1, 2010
By Scott Lewis

After entering my 2004 Mini Cooper S in the Texas All British Car Day I thought I should see what kind of cars I would like to buy to join the "classics" at the show. I have always had a fondness for the Triumph TR6, and I did like them at the show. I also like the styling of the MG MGB. And of course I could not pass up looking for a Mini.

You know... at this British Car Show my Mini seemed big. In fact, it looked like a bully compared to the classic Minis.

Let's see what I found:


1976 Triumph TR6 - $13,995

Description: British Racing Green with nice tan interior. Solid, serviced and tuned. Ready to tour for the fall. Don't miss this one.

Source: Wilson Motor Company

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: This is my preferred British sports car... a Triumph TR6 in British Racing Green with a tan interior. Unfortunately this price of this car seems kind of high to me, so...


1976 Triumph TR6 - $8,200

Description: 76400 miles. Factory electric overdrive. New Triumph Magenta paint. New tan interior. No rust. New rear springs, brake rotors, and water hoses. Dash refinished and all gauges cleaned. Rear bumper re-chromed. Most rubber moldings replaced. Includes owners manual and car cover.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: This was the least expensive TR6 I could find that I liked. It may bot be Mopar Plum Crazy, but I could live with this little purple car for the savings over the green one above.


1971 Triumph TR6 - $12,900

Description: Odometer reads 28,687. Car looks great and runs even better. Very reliable Tr6. Has MANY new parts. Has been converted to electronic ignition. Engine and trunk have been painted. Car is clean, with NO RUST. Starts everytime. Has 5 new Minilite wheels with new Goodyear Eagle GT tires. Great car. Must see.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: I wanted to include at least one of the earlier TR6's. Notice the smaller bumpers without the large bumper guards. This makes for a much cleaner looking little sports car.


1978 MG MGB - $7,200

Description: All original. 72,043 miles. New battery. newer parts. Classic plates. Extra parts. All doc's. Manual transmission. Good tires. Orange-ish red exterior with black interior. Black convertible top.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: Another British car I have liked is the MGB. I thought the MG Midget was too small, but the MGB was just small enough. My sister almost bought a car like this from a guy that lived on the next corner. That was a 75 or 76 car, and he parked it for a year when he was in some kind of cast from a motorcycle accident. So when he went to sell his MGB it was very low mileage.

Anyway, the price here is a very attractive way into classic British car shows and a fun little weekend drop top to cruise around in. I like it.


1979 MG MGB - $9,900

Description: 1979 MG MGB Limited Edition Roadster for Sale, 1798cc 4 cylinder engine, Zenith carburetor, 4 speed manual transmission, power disc brakes, 14 inch limited edition alloy wheels with matching spare, lower body stripe, luggage rack, dual mirror, convertible top boot, AM/FM/Cassette radio. A very special little cruiser that won't break the bank!

Source: PJ's Auto World
http://www.pjsautoworld.com/

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: This MGB looks a bit nicer than the orange one above, plus it is Limited Edition which goes well at car shows. Still affordable way into the classic car world for under $10K.


1974 Austin Mini Cooper - $6,900

Description: Imported from New Zealand in July 2003. Body type listed as Saloon. The motor was "warmed", The car has been repainted years back, very solid, no rust, appears to have been bumped in the front. I have more detailed pictures, also have parts including front disc brakes, wheel flares, etc.

Source: Mini Mania

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: We start our Mini search with the least expensive one I could find that I liked. For under $7K you could have a fun little... uh I mean.... tiny car. This would look cool parked next to my Modern Mini.


1972 Austin Mini 1000 - $10,500

Description: 72 mini 1000 (RHD). Brand New rebuilt 85' metro 1275 installed 500 miles ago. 1275 was bored to +020 to 1293cc, ALL new parts: kent 276 cam, high compression Cooper S pistons, cylinder head with unleaded seats is ported and gasket matched, maniflow LCB header, weber carb, new clutch, every seal and gasket replaced. Carbon fiber dash, recaro seats, full roll cage, metro 8.4" disc brakes, hi-lo suspension with the rally/road (red) coil springs and gaz adj. shocks. Has all new gauges and I have installed LED gauge lights to really brighten up the speedometer and other gauges at night. I will give the orig. smiths gauges also. Aluminum radiator, 13 row oil cooler, electric fan and electric fuel pump, Wide Fender Flares, 12X6.5" rims. Car has no rust, went through a complete restore in 2006, paint is great, Engine is VERY strong, I have just finished building it and have only 300miles on it it has absolutly NO oil leaks. Will come with the original 998 engine also... if wanted.

Source: Mini Mania

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: Next up is a hot rod. You have to be careful when buying a car that have been heavily modified. You are paying for the quality of the work here. Then again, it would cost more to do this yourself than to buy someone else's project. This car has an added plus of being located in Texas, so there would be no problem taking a Saturday to see it.


1968 Rover Mini - $11,599

Description: Mini Rover 1.3 automatic, everyting works perfect, rust free, always inside the garage, A/C works perfect, mp3, ipod connection, clear title registration of california. Right hand drive, 1968 Rover Mini Japanese, 4 speed automatic, electronic ignition, Air Conditioning; Kenwood stereo system with I-pod connection; 12 inch Minilite wheels; Transverse OHV 1.3/1275 CC engine.

Source: Mini Mania

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: This car is here purely because it has air conditioning. This is the only Mini i saw that on during my brief search. Unfortunately it also has an automatic. Automatics with small four cylinder engines just doesn't work well for me. But I would be willing to test drive this car.


1967 Morris Mini - $11,000

Description: This is truly a must have collectors car. Original Classic 1967 Mini Cooper. Bought this car 5 years ago and have kept in my garage ever since. Car is in Excellent condition , runs great , only driven twice since I purchased the car. Just got the oil change and tune up done. Car is running perfect.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 9/29/2010

Comments: Finally we have a car that just pops! The color is amazing in the picture. I want to see it in person. I really like the redone interior... except for the automatic. No car is perfect.

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