MG’s rich heritage in building open-air, sporting machines reveals roots that are as deep as they come. Dating all the way back to the 1920s, the sports cars, particularly the well-known Midget series, helped pave the way for the British sports car movement.
Starting with Morris Minor-based M-Type, MG attempted to apply every letter in the alphabet when naming the fourteen variants of the Midget, with seemingly endless developments that spanned over a quarter century. Ultimately, the later “T-series” variants would gain the company much of its notoriety. Starting with the “TA” and concluding with the "TF", these cars represented much of the original design qualities that stemmed from the … [Read More...]
It's easy to romanticize about Italy when thinking about the remarkable history during the thousands of years of its existence. With a fantastic culture, amazing landscape and incredible depth of artistry, it’s not difficult to get caught up in it.
Italian automobile designers should also be celebrated, with geniuses like Sergio Scaglietti, Giovanni Bertone, Paolo Pininfarina, Ugo Zagato, Giorgetto Giugiaro and others producing masterpieces that have stood the test of time.
Giugiaro, the brainchild of the such Italian notables as the Iso Grifo, De Tomaso Mangusta and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, is perhaps best known for designing the stunning Maserati Ghibli. Named for a brutally hot … [Read More...]
Few cars embody their associated culture better than the British sports car. One might argue that the American muscle genre might be a contender, but one simply can’t ignore the impact that the small-displacement open-top sporting cars made on a global level. The British sports car is as about as sensible as the type of clothing that came out of the same era, but it’s better for it. It appealed to the well-heeled, but also to starving enthusiasts that couldn't make up the difference for something any more exotic. The automobiles most responsible for inflicting this fever, at least in the United States, were the T-series “Midgets” from MG. … [Read More...]
Update, November 17, 2014: The 356A Cabriolet has been sold. Hope you enjoy it!
Collectors are obsessive about the first and the last of any generational piece, and nowhere is this practice more prevalent than in the vintage car world. With any evolutionary piece, the creators and manufacturers worked out weaknesses over time, sometimes at the expense of the diluting the original recipe, purists will have you believe. In the case of Porsche’s 356 model, this wasn’t always the case.
Bearing roots from one of Ferdinand Porsche’s earlier designs for a very young Volkswagen, the similarities in the 356 and the 'Beetle' were uncanny. While using original bodywork that was clearly designed … [Read More...]
We purchase vintage cars for different reasons. Some value and utility and usefulness, some crave the experience of driving something from another time and others seek craftsmanship and quality of the machines from years gone by. There are vehicles that offer all these qualities, but it's not a large list. German manufacturers have been responsible for more than a couple, though and Mercedes-Benz has brought some memorable machines that tick all these boxes. The brand known for "The Best or Nothing" slogan has represented some of the highest quality products, bristling with innovations and industry firsts. There’s a reason so many of their 40-year-old products roam the streets as everyday … [Read More...]
This MG "KT" Vintage Racing Special is being offered due to the owner's health problems. The seller explains it here:
"This beautiful car was built on a TF chassis in 1977 from mostly TD parts by renowned MG expert, Lawrie Alexander. Registered as a 1952 MG TD, the “KT” nickname came about because the aluminum bodywork was styled to resemble a K3. It was used for vintage racing from 1978 through the mid-80’s, competing very successfully at tracks such as Riverside, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Willow Springs, as well as numerous VARA sprints. Victories included the all-MG race at the Monterey Historics in 1980. The car was also used for many MG club events in and around California. Sold … [Read More...]
The word ‘replica’ or ‘recreation’ has become a term that’s been cheapened in recent years, especially in the vintage car world. With some items only aesthetically resembling the vehicles of which they’re representing. The term loosely means an exact copy or duplicate of an original artistic work, and there are a few items in the automotive world that could be put into the bracket of ‘art’, many of them were designed originating before the second World War. One of Vittorio Jano’s masterpieces, the Alfa Romeo 8C, is easy to call art and is revered throughout the collector car world for good reason - Unparalleled beauty, a mechanical marvel and tremendous success in motor racing. … [Read More...]