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PostSubject: Sportscars   Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:39 pm

Mom, 1960, with her black '59 MG-A on the Skyline Drive (I have those shorts -- very cute -- a tiny light smoky blue and muted yellow check on ivory) Unfortunately, she didn't have it when I was young, although my dad bought her an English Racing Car Green MG-B when they were married. For some crazy reason they sold it when we moved overseas, instead of taking it with us or puting it in storage. Hmmph. well, I don't drive, but if I DID...

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:20 am

Now THIS is a car! '57 T-Bird in fire engine red!

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:43 pm

New technology mixed with classic styling. The Triking, a spiritual successor to the Morgan three wheeler.

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:23 am

Have you seen the Jalopnik series? Try this link:

http://jalopnik.com/344818/morris-minor-1000-convertible

Here's a pic:


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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:36 am

Anyone familiar with this contraption? You still see the odd one on the roads here; the Reliant Robin.

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:46 am

wow! I don't see how in the world that thing could be stable. It's fabulous, but still.

I'm still waiting for a short commute electric car.

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:04 am

I don't like Reliants, atrocious things that give three wheelers a bad name.

They're far from stable, as anyone who has driven one hard around a corner will testify. The two wheels at the back enabled them to carry a heavier load.

A loophole in the law allowed anyone with a motorcycle license to drive one of these. This, and the diehards, kept sales going far longer than they otherwise would.

They got the nickname 'plastic pigs' over here in the UK, owing to their fibreglass construction.

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:42 am

They look like the back end of a Yugo!

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PostSubject: Re: Sportscars   Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:51 pm

Styling, along with handling never was Reliant's strong suit. They are fuel efficent and cheap to tax and insure. They also have a rather natty little all aluminium engine, which was Reliants own design, derived from the original Austin 7 power plant.

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