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Brand Loyal

I like Fords. I’m a history guy and Fords play rather prominently in our nation’s history so I’m drawn to them. We’ve owned scores of them ranging from Model As to a brand new Focus. You name the year and we’ve probably owned at least one. I like GM. They’ve had some revolutionary models over…

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Crib Job – The Atlas-Allied Swallow

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of the Atlas-Allied Swallow. Don’t be concerned if the car looks a little familiar – it should – it’s a doppelgänger for one of the most iconic shapes ever designed. But what you are looking at isn’t the same car that has been in the New York Museum…

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MOWOG – A Mystery Solved

If you have owned a British car and most of you that visit this page have owned several, then the term MOWOG has likely been a part of your life for years. What does it mean, however, and how did the word find its way onto countless cars from Austin, Morris, Wolseley, MG and Healey?…

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Car Profile – Austin A40 Sports

The Austin A40 Sports evolved from a series of joint venture projects between Austin and Jensen Motors. Inspired by the Jensen Interceptor, Austin’s Chairman Leonard Lord wanted to sell a Jensen bodied touring car using A40 mechanicals that would serve as a “halo” car for the entire A40 model range. The car was designed by…

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In Excelsis – The Triumph Gloria Range

There is a Laura Branigan song here for those of a certain age and for others this may remind you of a Christmas carol. Following the success of the Super Seven and the Southern Cross, Triumph launched the Gloria range in 1933. Built using various proprietary parts and clothed in coachwork designed by its own…

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A Better B – MG EX234

Shortly after the introduction of the MGB, work began apace on a potential replacement – little did the crew at Abingdon realize that it would soldier on through the end of the next decade – and it was decided that the rear suspension of the next car should have a more modern design (a decision…

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I Cannot Rest from Travel

This is an excerpt From Felicity Foster’s book: “I Cannot Rest from Travel” You can purchase this title on Amazon.ca.   A sense of humour is critical in life and part and parcel of MGB ownership, as this anecdote will illustrate. My sister and I, when in our ‘twenty something years’, chose an exciting expedition…

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1969 Austin-Healey Sprite Restoration

My Austin-Healey Sprite MK IV was built by the Austin Motor Company Limited from parts manufactured in the U.K., at Abingdon, Berkshire, on July 5 in the year 1969. I purchased it on September 5, 1969, from Stockton Motors, Huntsville, AL. This was my third Sprite/Midget and was purchased primarily as a vehicle to get…

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The Phoenix Rises

We started the restoration of Linda Allen’s 1970 TR6 in 2011. She bought this car new in Meridian, Mississippi, off the showroom floor for $3,625 in June of 1970. After 40+ years of driving, it was time to restore the old girl (meaning the car) to showroom condition. We finished the project in June of…

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