Just What the Doctor Ordered

With inheritance check in hand, I made a list of my favorite 20 British sports cars. It took only 20 minutes.

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What a coincidence. I’ve just been left a great deal of money and been informed I must pick the top 20 British cars I’ve admired in my years at SCM. It took me less than 20 minutes to make a list. I started with the easiest to find and Read More

1961 Morgan Plus 4

If the buyer plans sedate ice-cream runs with grandkids in the back, four seats might have an advantage

In 1936, the Morgan 4/4 debuted as the company’s first four-wheeled car. The designation 4/4 stood for four cylinders and four wheels. The vehicles that Morgan had produced prior to the 4/4 were three-wheelers with V-twin engines, hence the need to differentiate. Production of the 4/4 continued for over 70 years, except for a Read More

How One Little Car Brought Down An Empire

Conservatives bolstered Rootes fortunes in the ’50s, but Labor and the Hillman Imp doomed it in the ’60s

Of all the sad sagas told about the collapse of the British automotive industry, none is more depressing than that of the Rootes Group, and the once-respected marques it took down with it.

We all know about the demise of Rootes because of the death of the Sunbeam Tiger, when new owner Chrysler Read More

1960 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 Saloon

Concours restorations can exceed six figures; if you’re very lucky, you might get half of that back when you sell

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“Grace, pace and space” was the Jaguar slogan in the 1960s, and no model epitomized this more than the mid-sized Mk II sedan, which was affordable, elegant and quick. In its ultimate form as the Mk II 3.8, it was termed the “gentleman’s express” and the car of choice for Read More

Bad Dog, Rover

At the end of the day, the Rover P6 counts as a “nice try.” It’s the equivalent of a brainy kid who’s always sick

Some of you may find this hard to believe, but I’m the last person to argue that all old British cars-regardless of how quirky or unusual-are collectible. There, I’ve said it.

Just because a car was made by a company that is now out of business, was Read More

The Mystery of Morgan Prices

Big Healeys that cost $25,000 in 2000 are selling for $50,000 today; even pristine MG As, TR4s and TR6s cost more than Morgans

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In January 2000, a “good, clean example” of a 1966 Morgan Plus 4 sold for $26,620, and the SCM commentator remarked “Sold for quite good money. Is this the signal for an uptick in Plus 4 prices, or is it Barrett-Jackson fever?”

Seven years later, Morgan Read More

Healey Prices on Cruise Control

Many cars sell for $60,000 to $75,000-about the cost to restore a solid original car, if you know what you’re doing

With only one “Gee whiz, what-was-he-thinking? over-six-figures” Austin-Healey sale price in Scottsdale in January and one fairly respectable car that sold for less than $25,000, some folks are asking whether the recent run-up in big Healey prices resembles the Jaguar and Ferrari bubbles of the late 1980s.

To gain perspective Read More

An MG That Fits You to a ‘T’

The fastest TF takes 18.9 seconds to reach 60 mph and you run the risk of being rear-ended by a soccer mom in her SUV

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The MG TC, TD, and TF brought top-down British sports car motoring to America, and all three are now affordable collectibles that give you an authentic taste of a bygone era.

In the beginning. well almost

Bankrupted by WWII, Britain faced “export or die” Read More

Extras, Extras, Read All About It!

How about fitted luggage, a child seat that mounted over the center
armrest, and leopard-skin seat covers?

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“Comes equipped with clock, luggage rack, driving lights, detachable hard top, AM/FM radio, and air conditioning.”

That’s pretty typical equipment for any new sports car today, and in the 1960s, high-end Jaguars and Aston Martins offered similar options, but did you know that you could have bought all that equipment for Read More

Sunbeam Style over Substance

Grace Kelly reached into her picnic basket and asked Cary Grant,
innocently enough, “Do you want a leg or a breast?”

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Before the 1960s Sunbeam Alpine that we all remember as the basis for the Tiger, there was another Alpine, made from 1953 to 1955.

For my money, the stories attached to this seldom-seen model (of approximately 3,000 built, only 200 may now survive) are more interesting than those Read More