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1972 fully restored green guy is asking 10,000. Would you do it? I am looking for a toy weekend driver type cool looking car. 10,000 is the max budget I am willing to go. I have a mechanic that can work on them and he checked this one out and it passed his sniff test. It not a neutered MGA. Standard 1.8 liter engine, 5 speed. Fully restored. Not fast but peppy.

Anyone know about or own one?

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View Postsmokeyone, on 20 December 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

1972 fully restored green guy is asking 10,000. Would you do it? I am looking for a toy weekend driver type cool looking car. 10,000 is the max budget I am willing to go. I have a mechanic that can work on them and he checked this one out and it passed his sniff test. It not a neutered MGA. Standard 1.8 liter engine, 5 speed. Fully restored. Not fast but peppy.

Anyone know about or own one?
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View Postsmokeyone, on 20 December 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

1972 fully restored green guy is asking 10,000. Would you do it? I am looking for a toy weekend driver type cool looking car. 10,000 is the max budget I am willing to go. I have a mechanic that can work on them and he checked this one out and it passed his sniff test. It not a neutered MGA. Standard 1.8 liter engine, 5 speed. Fully restored. Not fast but peppy.

Anyone know about or own one?


Actually saw one brand new when a kid I went to high school's parents got one for him.I didn't get to drive it,but I drooled on it.I wouldn't care to have one now since I'm no longer looking for a chick magnet vehicle.I'm more into comfort.

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View PostL.A.Hog, on 20 December 2013 - 07:10 PM, said:

Actually saw one brand new when a kid I went to high school's parents got one for him.I didn't get to drive it,but I drooled on it.I wouldn't care to have one now since I'm no longer looking for a chick magnet vehicle.I'm more into comfort.

But if it tickles your fancy and you can afford it go for it.Life's too short to not have a little fun.

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View Postsmokeyone, on 20 December 2013 - 07:17 PM, said:



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They always say that when you find something cool to buy. Seriously, though; its not a bad price. I just can't fit into one. I'd hafta get two and go roller skating.

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View PostSquealliam Fatner, on 21 December 2013 - 08:53 AM, said:

They always say that when you find something cool to buy. Seriously, though; its not a bad price. I just can't fit into one. I'd hafta get two and go roller skating.

I had a Honda civic de Sol that I sold because I couldn't get in and out of it anymore. This is high enough off the ground I can with a little effort. I think I am going to do it. I know the MGAs had a bad rep but this one is actual British, like steering wheel on the wrong side British, no catylitic converter British.

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Yes i do know about them.   Quality of the parts is lacking, They leak and leak. British Electrical is about as comical as their humor,   Fun cars but if you do not want to work on them  they are not for you.  Its a tinkerers car.   You will be required to do stuff to it monthly.  I think the price is high but if its well sorted then it might be worth it
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View PostAUskip07, on 21 December 2013 - 09:00 AM, said:

Yes i do know about them.   Quality of the parts is lacking, They leak and leak. British Electrical is about as comical as their humor,   Fun cars but if you do not want to work on them  they are not for you.  Its a tinkerers car.   You will be required to do stuff to it monthly.  I think the price is high but if its well sorted then it might be worth it

Is it as bad as owning a older Harley? That would be a deal breaker.

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View Postsmokeyone, on 21 December 2013 - 09:16 AM, said:

Is it as bad as owning a older Harley? That would be a deal breaker.

i only know of their reputation.   Older guys retire and own them. I also know a few harley collectors and they have nothing but good things to say about the rare old harley.  Maybe its perspective.

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speciality mechanics are also expensive.  if you buy it for max price and it throws a bearing?  Where are you then.
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View PostAUskip07, on 21 December 2013 - 09:21 AM, said:

i only know of their reputation.   Older guys retire and own them. I also know a few harley collectors and they have nothing but good things to say about the rare old harley

I had an older (AMF) Harley and didn't ride because it was in the shop every few months. A joyless money pit. I guess I need to do some more research. I just want a fun little 2 seated sports coupe preferably a convertible to fart around in for less than 10,000.

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View Postsmokeyone, on 21 December 2013 - 09:25 AM, said:

I had an older (AMF) Harley and didn't ride because it was in the shop every few months. A joyless money pit. I guess I need to do some more research. I just want a fun little 2 seated sports coupe preferably a convertible to fart around in for less than 10,000.

mazda miata,   be careful....  you could look like a faggot in it.

BUT put a 5.0 in the mazda miata  set up the suspension  and you could hang with any super car in the world.   I shit you not.

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Great car. Very high-obscene maintenance
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View PostAUskip07, on 21 December 2013 - 09:00 AM, said:

Yes i do know about them.   Quality of the parts is lacking, They leak and leak. British Electrical is about as comical as their humor,   Fun cars but if you do not want to work on them  they are not for you.  Its a tinkerers car.   You will be required to do stuff to it monthly.  I think the price is high but if its well sorted then it might be worth it

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$10k might be a little high for any MG newer than 1969. If you don't like to work on cars, don't get it. Old British cars break...a lot.

I am/was a huge fan of the old Triumph's. I think my old cars spent more time torn apart than in running order. The maintenance is insane on these cars.

But, on the positive side, the are fun as shit to drive. Nothing on the market can give you the same rush as these little cars doing 70 around hair pin corners.
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I don't know about MG's but I bought a Mazda Miata a few years ago that was a great little car and fun to drive. I got it because I drive over 80 miles round trip to work daily. It wasn't bad with the seat all way back but my knees still almost touched the steering wheel. Getting in and out was the hard part I'm 6'4" the first step is about 6" off the pavement.

I also had a Land Rover the last year they were made in England before Ford took over. It was a British piece of shit that cost a lot to work on... the starter was about $450 water pump $300.
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