Visitor's Vehicles Gallery

Share your pride and joy with the world! Submit a photo of your British car with a small blurb about it and I'll post it.

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Well, after avoiding it for a long time I've decided to put a picture of one of my own cars up here in the Gallery. This car is a 1972 Triumph Spitfire MKIV which I've owned since 1986. It is actually a combination of a very rusty '72 that was complete and driving and a completely rust free '78 which was a burnt out rolling shell. A victim of a garage fire in downtown Toronto. I took the best components from the two cars to make my Spit. True Spitfire enthusiasts always catch this as they view the car. The great '72 Jaeger gauges with the '78 wood dash. The '78 steering column with the '72 seats. Not correct at all but I love the look. After the restoration was complete I also upgraded to the 1500 motor with a K&N filter, headers and a Monza exhaust. Radio? No thanks. I installed the OEM radio delete plate and enjoy cruising to the music of the motor. Great fun! - Allan Lewis.

 


 

 

1961 MGA 1600 MK2From D.E.Culpepper in Illinois comes this 1961 MGA 1600 MKII - "I've owned this car since 1971 when I paid $100.00 us. for it, bought it in Calif. when I was in the Navy, and drove it back to Illinois in 1974, I put about 1000 miles per year on it now. I have a brand new in the box rag top, the receipt says 1994, I'm not in a big hurry to install it. I've been offered $15K for the car but won't sell it. It's too much fun to drive."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

From Neal Cockshutt in Toronto, Ontario comes this "matching set" of cars! - "I have a barn load of parts and cars that I am slowly weeding through in order to fund a big (for me) project. A 1976 Aston Martin V8.

The 1976 Aston Martin V8 is a California car ( I brought it up), excellent body but poor mechanicals. I am just starting to get going on it and get some contacts set up, but could always use some help.

The project I just completed is a '67 Morris Moke! Too much fun to drive but a little scary around some Toronto drivers. They stare at you in disbelief while they wander all over the road!!!!!! 850 cc and about 30 hp means that you really have to drive it to keep your momentum!!" 

 

You can contact Neal at thelastnut@sympatico.ca. I can't think of two more diametrically opposed vehicles. Great combo! -Allan

 

UPDATE March, 2009 - I think the Moke has moved on to a new owner, but Neal has just sent some recent photos of the freshly painted Aston Martin. It's looking good!

 

1976 Aston Martin V8     1976 Aston Martin V8 Front end shot

 

 


 

 

1971 Lotus Europa S2From Brian Boyle in the US - "I've enclosed a couple of photos of the completed (as much as any Lotus is ever thus...) 1971 Lotus Europa S2 that's featured on my website. It's been a frame-up restoration that's taken a little under 2 years, and started with a replacement frame and the first nut holding something or the other on. I purchased the car in March of 2007 as an advertised 'runner', but found instead that it was unsafe due to undisclosed accident damage and somewhat bodgy repairs. So...after purchasing enough parts and spares to put together two and a half cars (I am starting a daily driver example, this one having turned out too nice...), my 4th Europa is on the road, and I'm looking forward to many miles of driving, and many hours of pampering this most unique and, in some ways, unappreciated examples of Colin Chapman's design pen. The complete restoration journal and comprehensive photo album is available on my website dedicated to the model at http://www.lotuseuropa.us under the menu heading for 693R."

 

 


 

 

 

1961 AEC RoutemasterFrom Jerry Zuckerman in California - "While it’s not exactly a car, its definitely very British. This is my 1961 AEC Routemaster, the classic London bus. I found it on eBay in December 2006 and drove it from Chicago to Los Angeles in February 2007. I am in the process of slowly restoring it. The engine runs great but body needs to be repainted and some minor things fixed." Very interesting machine! A restoration of such a large vehicle must be a daunting task, but it looks like Jerry has a solid starting point.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mystery car identified!

 

                   

 

     These photos were sent in from Greece from an enthusiast who has just acquired this car. It is believed to be British from the Jaeger gauges in the dash. Most of the mechanical bits are British, too. Mind you I don't recognize the motor. The new owner would like to restore the car but knowing what it is would definitely help! There were I.D. tags at the front of the engine compartment but they have been removed.  Looks a lot like a Series V Sunbeam Alpine except for the headlights (and lack of a vent window in the door) so my guess at this point is a modified Alpine. If you know for sure please drop me a line and I'll pass the info on to the owner. I'll also post any answers here for anyone else interested. - Allan, webmaster@britishcarlinks.com.

 

UPDATE - Thanks to all that have responded! The consensus is that it is actually a Series II Alpine which has had some heavy modifications. The motor is actually from a 1966 Singer Gazelle. The guys at the Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club of America  and the Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club played a big role in helping to identify the car.

 

UPDATE II - Thanks to Jan Eyerman, Gazelle Registrar, North American Singer Owners Club, for sending in the following - "The engine looks like a Series IIIA-IIIC Hillman Minx.... the Zenith 30VN carburetor and the intake manifold with three threaded holes to the rear of the carb (one is blocked from view). These three holes were for mounting a throttle solenoid on Easidrive equipped cars. Soooo the engine (or at least the intake manifold!) came from a Series IIIA-IIIC Hillman. Since Singer Gazelles had chrome valve covers and this one has a painted valve cover, it points more to a Hillman Minx origin for the engine."

 

 

 


 

1947 Triumph 1800From Terry in the UK comes this 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster - "My present car called Penny replaced my previous car Rosie which I had purchased in 1985. Rosie underwent major restoration over many years until 1998 when she won a place in the Triumph Roadster Club's Top Twelve. Unfortunately a year later she was hit hard from behind and landed in a ditch and was written off. For details of accident and images click here http://thetriumphroadster.blogstop.com.

A few weeks later she was replaced by Penny, another 1947 Triumph 1800cc Roadster. So Rosie was very useful for spares. Penny was restored by the previous owner to a high standard but still needed some attention, e.g. the scuttle and underside of the bonnet were painted the same colour as the bodywork when it should have been semi-matt black. Flashing indicator lights were fitted to the rear and front indicators were installed in the sidelights, all to supplement the original semaphores. Hazard warning lights were also installed. Electronic ignition was fitted. Within the last few years, the engine was overhauled, new clutch and brake linings fitted.

Penny has won the Triumph Roadster Club's Car of the Year Trophy in three successive years, as well as the Highest Mileage Award and has always been in the Club's Top Ten.

Penny is always in demand for Charity events and has helped raise thousands of pounds for them. During these events she has been photographed with such motoring celebrities as Motor Racing drivers Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, and Damon Hill as well as Motor Racing Commentator Murray Walker.

In 2006 she participated in the All Party Parliamentary Classic Car Run from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 80th Birthday where the cars were inspected by the Duke of Gloucester and in 2008 in the same Run to the Tower of London to celebrate the Diamond wedding of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The cars were inspected by the Duke of Kent. Full details of these events and images click here http://thetriumphroadster.blogspot.com."

 

 


1952 MG TDFrom Phil Atrill in Toronnto Ontario - "Please find attached a photo of a fully restored 52 MG TD that my wife Anna and I recently purchased. Built the year of my birth! The car is now in Toronto and before that was in Barrie, Ontario. The initial owner was based in Arizona. It arrived in Canada in 1993 and has seen about 12,000 miles added since its Canadian arrival. Most of the car is original, with the exception of new paint, new seats, carpeting, half tonneau and a fuel pump. Although wide whitewalls weren’t standard, they were a common after market add-on. We think they give the car an air of distinction and many compliment us on how they add to the overall look."
 

 

 


 

1959 Hillman Minx 3AFrom Andre Koster in The Netherlands - "Here is a picture of my Hillman Minx 3A 1959. Build September 1959, exported to Tsjechië in November 1959. Sold to Mr. Valente. He was a technician and lived in Gotwaldow. Now called Zlinn. After another 2 owners a Dutch trader bought it for import in The Netherlands. Thinking he would hit the jackpot. Not knowing he wouldn’t find anyone wanting to buy this piece of junk. After 8 years a friend of my bought it as a present for me. I restored it into its former glory as good as possible with my budget. Took me 2 years. Done in June 2004. Now it is a showcar. I visit classic car shows. Along with my classic caravan. It is one of the 6 Hillman Minx Series 3 A, B or C left in The Netherlands." Great shot!

 


 

Green Triumph TR7 at car showFrom Charles Frink in Massachusetts - "The 1975 TR7 was purchased in FL some 4 years ago for $700.00 and driven home to Mass in two days with no problem at all. The 4 sp and 3:63 rear gear meant for some 4200-4400 + rpm cruising (70-75--at times higher). I have since painted the car and installed Spider wheels. I also have 3 TR8's (2 with 5.0 L) and I still like to drive my 90hp 2.0 L TR7. It has proved to be VERY dependable and economical but it is REALLY lacking in the 'get up and go' department. I have a 3.5 L and 5sp with 3:45 rear just about all set to go."

 




 



Modified black 1971 MGBModified 1971 MGB rear viewDennis McIntyre from Cambridge Ontario sent in this highly modified 1971 MGB. It is now equipped with a Ford 302 V8 fitted with an Edelbrock Torker 289 intake, Holley 600 carb, custom built Crane cam 498 lift 17o offset, Pete Jackson gear set (noisy) and an MSD ignition. The exhaust system is a dual 2.5” with Flowmasters. The transmission is a T5 hooked up to a custom made 2.5 inch tube driveshaft powering a Ford 8” with a Mini spool. The tires are 225/45/17 on the front and 255/40/17 on the rear mounted to American racing rims. Other modifications include a roll bar welded in, traction bars, full body skirting, custom Neon head lights, rear spoiler, shaved knobs,  hood cowl, custom seats and a 3 piece soft top. Performance data: 12.1 sec Qtr Mile , 400RWHP, top speed 275 KPH. (!!!) If you would like to contact Dennis about his car he can be reached at dennismcintyre@rogers.com.
 


 

 

Hillman Husky Drag CarHillman Husky Custom Pro Street"My name Tony Pinhiero...the Hillman Husky delivery panel was my dream car back in the 60's but they were cut up and made into drag cars then. One day I found car at a swap meet for sale. It had a 4cly in it I took it home and cut the the motor trans rear end and floor and started to make mine into a hotrod. I built a full frame, put a rack-n-pinion front clip, disc brakes power brakes, 4-link the rear end, installed a 9" ford rear end disc brakes with 4.87 posi gears. I built a Chevy 302 ci mighty mouse motor with a M21 four speed trans the tires Mickey Thompson, rims Con Pro. I work on my Hillman for 3 years 7 days a week putting it together. It was a lot of work for me because you can't go and buy everything made and just bolt it on and I'm not a car builder. I just asked a lot of questions and talked to a lot of people when I was building it. I loved building my dream car and it is one of a kind and I built it myself. I hope you like it.  I put a lot of love and time and money into my dream." No doubt! Very interesting Hillman! I wonder where all those vintage Hillman drag cars Tony mentions are now?

 

 


 

 

              


You may have an earlier shot of my car "Silver"
(see the Visitors Vehicle's Archives below). We normally compete in Jag Club slaloms, and also for the last year in Road Race style solo 1 events at Mission Raceways, Rivers Edge Mission , BC. Normally the car finishes mid pack at the race track. At the Jag events we usually set the pace , and we have travelled as far away as California Speedway to compete in Jag events. I believe we still hold their track record for the Jag course there. In 2002 we had the fastest Jag in JCNA Slalom Competition, we currently are leading the leaderboard with a time of 39.356. There are three more events yet to happen back East yet so we will see if anyone beats my time this year, possibly someone will as there are some hot E Types who want the title real bad..........


I am currently building a set of large front brakes to help me out on the track, as the stock Jag front brakes overheat with all the corners ( 9 ) @ Rivers Edge.This track is really hard on everyone's brakes so I do not feel too bad . The brakes comprise of 13 inch Corvette rotors, JSF race calipers, and a set of Wilwood Race pads, hand made 5/8 inch thick aluminium plate is used for the caliper bracket extensions. The car has been JCNA Slalom Champion in its class more times than any other car in JCNA History. I have owned the car for sixteen years, it was owned initially by a stock broker, and started life with me as a weekend show / Sunday driver, with my wife Elaine, and son Chase who now also has a XJS of his own
. (Photo shows Chase Dickenson with his 1989 XJS GT, currently he is placed 5th in his Street Prepared class in JCNA Slalom.)

Regards, Art Dickenson.
 


 

 

 

1949 Triumph 2000 in 19591949 Triumph 2000 in 2007From Michael Walton in Owen Sound Ontario comes this great pair of shots - "This is a 1949 Triumph 2000 roadster acquired by me last year 2006. As you can see it needs a paint job and the more I scrape paint the more work I uncover that needs to be done. I owned the very same car in 1959 (see photo on left). I was in England when I owned the car in 1959. Serving in the Royal Navy. I proposed to my wife in this car, still have same wife and now same car. The wonders of the internet!!" Michael tracked down his original car through its registration plates and was able to "re-acquire" it. How many of you wish you had the oppourtunity to do the same?!
 


 


 

 

1958 MGA coupe front view1958 MGA Coupe rear viewDennis Suski has sent in another great car he's added to his now growing collection - "Allan, I've added a companion to my Jaguar I sent you a couple months ago. Appreciate if you could add my 1958 MGA Coupe to your gallery with my XKE. We went to our first car cruise last night to show off our 68 horsepower British Muscle."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

1961 MGA Roadster CustomFrom Jeb Blanchard in Collierville, Tennessee comes this highly modified MGA (an understatement perhaps?) - "Here are a couple photos of my 1961 Custom MGA. The components of the car NOT modified or original are the heater and front Disk brakes. Note the suicide doors and other body modifications. The build took over two years. A partial listing of modifications: Chevy 4.3L Vortec V6, 300 + HP, Chevy S-10 5-Speed, 30% overdrive, Chevy 10 bolt rear end, Edelbrock Performance Manifold and Carb, Crane Cam, rollers, custom headers (Jet Hot), B & M Shifter, 18” Wheels, Custom cold air induction, Digital Dash, Suicide Doors, Extensive body Modifications, Extensive steering, suspension & front end Mods." More of Joe's car can be seen here - http://www.81x.com/JebBlanchard/Cars/ .

 


 


 

 

This report come from Gary Brizendine of GNB Motorsports LLC, publisher of  Your Kit Car Assembly Manual. "15 Lotus Se7en inspired sports cars and 45 participants took part in the Third Annual Southwest Se7ens Festival, June 20 -22, at the MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Texas.

 

The Festival activities centered on participants improving their technical knowledge about their cars and improving their high performance driving
skills on the challenging MotorSport Ranch circuit.

 

Festival participants presented cars including a Pre-Crossflow Caterham, a 1200 cc Turbo-Datsun powered Birkin, a Hayabusa-powered Birkin, Ford Zetec-Birkins & Caterhams, plus four of the Honda S2000-powered WCM Ultralites. Several participants had Locosts, Birkins, and Caterhams under construction.

 

The Southwest Se7ens Festival organizers would like to thank all of the Festival Participants, the door prize contributors, the fine folks of NASA  Texas, plus the staff at the MotorSport Ranch all for contributing to an exciting event.

See you at the 4th Annual Southwest Se7ens Festival next year! Don’t miss it!"


 


 

 

1971 Austin Marina1971 Austin Marina RearFrom Dave Hayward in New Zealand comes this great story about a car that, as the Austin Marina, has pretty much disappeared from the roads of North America:  "Here's my 1971 Leyland Morris Marina Coupe. It's an 1800 TC Australian assembled car. It was on someone's front lawn and I nagged the guy to part with the car for three years. He shifted house four times and each time I managed to find him and the car. I eventually wore him down and I bought the Marina for a reasonable price considering it's age and condition. I had the car transported home due to the engine not turning over and me being a chef and not a mechanic! The car has many rust spots and takes on water when it rains. I have replaced the engine with a standard 1800 while the original is reconditioned. It drives beautifully and I expect it will perform much better when the original motor is returned and some necessary modifications are made to the steering. All my friends loathe my Marina Coupe but I adore it for it's ugliness and lack of popularity. If not for me it would have been a mooring a long time ago!"
 

 

 


 

 

Simon Rasmussen sent in this action shot - "This shows my 1965 TR4a at a track day at the Mosport Circuit near Toronto, Canada. I have owned the car 9 years and drive it on club events, to watch vintage races at various tracks in Canada and the U.S., or just to go for a drive. The car is currently in restoration, and while I am a driver more than a polisher I think it's going to be pretty nice."
 

 


 

1969 Jaguar E-Type     1969 Jaguar E-Type rear view     1969 Jaguar E-type engine

 

 

From Dennis Suski comes this interesting E-Type - "Attached are photos of my 1969 Jaguar E-Type I've owned for 12 years. It's nearly all original and was a Western car and now makes its home on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, MD."


 


 

1963 Daimler SP250 DartFrom Gil Stross in Yorkshire, England comes this car which has been noticeably absent from the Visitor's Vehicles Gallery - "I've had to look all thro' your visitors' cars before adding mine. It's a 1963 Daimler, known unofficially to all as the Dart. Dodge put a stop to that, so it became the SP250. There were only 2500 of these made by Daimler between 1958 and 1964. About 1800 still survive. Early on in its life Daimler was bought by Jaguar who let the SP250 die out, (probably to protect their newly launched XKE). It has a fibreglass body, a TR3 chassis and 2.5 litre hemi headed V8 designed by Edward Turner who also the designed may of the classic British bike engines. I love the site, I couldn't let you not have one the of the great "eccentric" English sportscars included. By the way, it's no slouch either."

 

 


Thanks to John Greenwald from Cleveland Ohio for sending in a "Virtual" restoration of the Triumph TR3 from the Junkyard Jewels section. Here are the Before and After shots. Hopefully the real one has been restored by now as well! "Attached is my Photoshop "restoration" of the anonymous TR3A posted on your site. I'm sure there are many glaring errors visible to those familiar with these cars, but it was just an exercise in retouching during a slowdown here at the studio." Great job!
 

 

    

 


 

Fraser from the UK sent in this picture of his 1990 Mini Cooper RSP (Rover Special Products), with only 11,000 miles on the clock from new. Fraser has his own website where he sells automobilia. Check it out at www.automobiliaforsale.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

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    The shot on the left is a Lotus Europa was spotted south of Montreal in 1998. Does anyone know what became of it? UPDATE - I have been informed that the car was still there in 2001. More info is hopefully on the way!

 

     The next shot is a TR3A submitted anonymously with no details from England. A reply to the sender for more information brought no response. Far too interesting of a picture not to share it with britishcarlinks.com visitors, though! I'll gladly post some info on this one, too if someone knows about it.

 

     The last two photos come from Timothy Henley. Believe it or not, it is the same car in both shots - a 1952 Austin of England A30 4dr Saloon (restoration to begin 2004). This one was found in a wooded area in USA northwest covered with moss, algae and mildew. A great find!
 


 

From Don and Julie Boyce comes this very rare Canadian only version of the Vauxhall Viva - "Here is a picture of my 1970 Envoy Epic estate deluxe on the way to the 2006 Rally in the Valley in Penticton B.C. It took home first place in the Specialty Sedan category. It has a Buick 231 V6 and Turbo 350 transmission. The hood is from a Vauxhall Viva GT. I have owned it since 1990 when I bought it in factory stock condition." Sounds like a real sleeper!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Rob Kamps in the Netherlands has sent us another Mystery Car. At first glance I thought it may be a Bristol, but it is not. It may not even be British. It is obviously in a museum somewhere. Even if you don't know the car, if you know what museum this is that could lead us to the car. Contact Allan (webmaster@britishcarlinks.com) if you know the answer to either question.
 

UPDATE: Rob figured this one out on his own. It is a Volvo P1900, also known as the Sport. A rare fiberglass bodied car that was produced in 1956 and 1957. Conflicting production numbers say only 65, 67 or 68 were produced. Very low numbers any way. This one is at the Volvo Museum. Not British, but we won't hold that against it and it can stay on the site. For more information on this model visit http://www.volvoadventures.com/1900.html.

 

 


 

     Thanks to Michael Salter  for sending in a great story and pictures of his experiences at the first Targa Newfoundland in 2002! His experiences led him to create a new rally communication system called Rally CAT. For the complete story and more pictures click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Thanks to Stuart Leslie-Young in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for sending in his equally beautiful 1964 Triumph TR4. - "It has a bit of a curious past as it was first purchased by a US Army officer in Belgium, then it was brought over to the Western US and not much is known after that. It has been restored to original specs bar a Monza exhaust and SAH headers and what appears to be a lightened flywheel which might give some clue to its past."

 

UPDATE (December/06) from Tony Cocomello: "I purchased this wonderful machine in October 2005 from the gentleman to whom Stuart sold the car. After much investigation, and with the help of your editorial (above), I was able to contact Stuart by email. He sent more pictures and the vehicle restorer's name. I had the car railed to Mississauga, ON. where it now resides. It looks very much as the photo— very clean, with the only visible difference of a Moto-Lita steering wheel. Nothing in the world like a ride in the country in a British roadster. Thanks for this web site and in helping collect a history of this vehicle."

 

1964 Triumph TR4 at British Car DayAnother shot sent in by Tony from the Annual British Car Day '07, hosted by the Toronto Triumph Club, Bronte Park, Oakville, ON. "A friends 250 on the right wandered off with 'Best in Class' at the '07 meet—first time out! It's a stunning vehicle and I'm sure he will be back at the next ABCD to defend. If you are interested in British motor cars this fall event is the one —1000 vehicles in 49 classes from across the country including the US." More information on British Car Day can be found on the Events Page.

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

         

 

Frome Shane in Wisconsin - "It was a nice day for early April and I had to take these pics to prove to unbelievers that I owned and had running 3 triumphs all on the same day. We took a 30 mile drive to a lake and made it home without incident or stop for repairs! I could not say the same thing 2 days later....as the Spitfire went in to the paint shop, the TR6 water pump started leaking and a nut under the distributor of the TR4a rattled loose and would not be found till September!!  All is good now as the carport is finished and 2 new acquisitions are both running well. A 68 and 73 MGB one done and one not started. Thanks for your time I hope I can rescue and get more of these beauties back on the road!!" Shane has his own website here - http://shanes-british-classics.com/.

 


 

 

Jason writes in - "From Phoenix Arizona is my 1974 1/2 MGB-GT. This is the last year of the GT in America and they are quite rare here. It has the rubber bumpers of the later cars but still has the dual carb engine of the early cars. I wanted a GT my whole life and a friend saw this old girl parked in Seattle Washington with a for sale sign in the window. A week prior to this GT sighting my daily ride was hit and totalled by a drunk driver while parked along a road and the insurance company had just cut me a check. It is a blast to drive and loves to be thrown into corners and always gets a lot of attention where ever we go. I drive it almost every day love the way it sounds and feels. The MGB-GT shows people that a car doesn't have to be fast to be fun and sporty!"

 

 

 


 

 

From Mark in South Carolina - "I purchased this TR4 on Ebay about 4 years ago. This was a total resto new floors and rockers, rebuilt engine, new clutch and brakes, rear lip seal conversion, alternator conversion, high torque starter, rebuilt suspension, TR6 wheels, Falken zs radials, new exhaust, steel painted dash and new interior/carpet. I need to mount a top and work through the wiring and this car will be complete. It has the 87mm liners and the head was shaved slightly and it has huge compression. Spin on oil filter Momo steering wheel and hunter green metallic paint. All rust on this car was cut out and new steel was welded in this is a really solid car that runs like a champ."

 

 

 

 


 

We have another bit of detective work to do. This photo was sent in from Jean in Canada and she is hoping someone can identify this grand looking car. The shot was taken in Scotland. Jean thought it was taken about 1912, but from the looks of the car I would say it was at least ten years later in the twenties. My guesses are an Alvis or Singer from that era. Just a guess as I'm only going by the unique shape of the grill. If you have any ideas send them to me and I'll post them here for discussion. Allan - webmaster@britishcarlinks.com.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Ian Moreton down under comes the following interesting van and a request: "I'm hoping you may be able to help me. This vehicle was bought by grandfather in 1948. It is a Morris Utilevan. The production plate refers to it as a 12/4. It is a Y model 10cwt Van that was modified by Martin and Walter of Folkestone. The modifications are side windows and seats that fold into the floor allowing it to be used as a van or as a 7 seat vehicle. I am trying to trace it's origin We believe these vehicles may have been used by the Navy during WW2 as Personnel transport. So far mine is the only one I have found and I can't find anyone that knows of them. Would you be able to put this on your website to see if we can attract any comments?  No problem! If you can help Ian, he can be reached via email: imoretonAToptusnet.com.au

 

 

 

 


 

 

"Hello, I have a Reliant Scimitar GTE and I'm in Los Angeles. I think it's the only one in California, and I've heard there's maybe 10 in North America. As you can imagine, I'd love to make contact with other American Scimitar owners. My Scimitar is a 1974 SE5a, with an Essex 3.0 V6. Any information about US-available parts that would work, such as brake pads, would be especially appreciated." Jason can be reached at jasonATvgg.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Domenic Horner in the UK comes a modified Sunbeam Alpine:

"Our car was built as a standard Alpine, but having acquired some Le Mans style front headlight casings some years ago, it seemed the natural thing to fit them once the front wings started to rust away.

There has always been an Alpine in the family even though I am one of four kids and it may not have been the most practical choice - even when we lived in Canada for four years my father managed to find a LHD version. However we all have our own great memories of the school run and impressing our young friends with the roof down.

This particular Alpine was bought in North Yorkshire and has been with us for almost twenty years. The car has a Holbay engine fitted with twin Webber's and should return to the road sometime this Summer."

 

 


 

Note from Allan: This Alvis is making a return trip to the Gallery. Read on to find out why:

 

              

 

From Bob & Darillyn Doss down in Arizona.  "Here are some shots of one of our two "Alvi" On December 3, 1952, the Coventry, England based Alvis Motorcar Company dispatched a TA21 Tickford Coachworks aluminum bodied DHC (Drop Head Coupe) to Armin Whittenberg’s “Cavalier Motorcars Ltd. at 9035 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California." The Los Angeles buyer, Louis Panuse, took delivery and owned the car until sometime in the mid 1960’s. The car circulated between a number of owners around the west coast until the late 70's.

In 1979, the TA21 Alvis convertible was beginning to show some age and was purchased by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen (Plastic Surgeon to the Stars). The Beverly Hills physician was quick to write a prescription for fresh paint, and a new red interior with a Jaguar instrument panel. The tired six cylinder Alvis powerplant was replaced by a later model Chevrolet V8 engine and drive train. Doctor Ellenbogen used the snappy little convertible as a daily driver for a number of years. He sold the car in 2002.

The Alvis TA21 DHC surfaced again in August of 2003, looking for a new owner. It was featured at Christie’s Pebble Beach Classic Car Auction, in Monterey California. It eventually found a new home, in our garage, near Tucson, Arizona.

 

 

 

FOLLOW-UP: While searching around the internet, Louis Panuse found this reference to him and his old Alvis! He sent in this picture of the Alvis (with, as he puts it, wife #1) and the following note:

 

"Hi,

The item is confusing. I owned an Alvis like that, but bought it used in 1956 off a used car/or dealers lot. At that time it was black and grey with maroon upholstery and top. I guess it had been repainted. I was looking for a mark V11 Jaguar to replace a custom bodied MG TD (It had just been totaled, that is another story) since I was about to get married. My cousin saw the Alvis and made me look at it. It was love at first sight. The block, or head on it cracked around 1961 about the time my marriage also cracked up. I practically gave it away when my ex refused to let me keep it in her garage any longer. Another mistake. The man who bought it was thinking of putting a mercury engine in it. I had previously sold the transmission to a shop in or near Culver city w here I had been having it serviced since they knew what an Alvis was.

Happy motoring (as another of my English mechanics used to say -the one who worked on the MG).

Louis Panuse"

 

 


 

 

Regulars might recognize Doug Townsend's Bullnose as a return visitor to the Gallery. Here's why - "Thought you would like to know that last Saturday my 1926 Bullnose Morris Oxford lead a parade of 80 vehicles from the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace where they were displayed on the forecourt and they were Inspected by the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester. There was one vehicle for each year of the H M Queen's life from 1926-2006 all British made. This was organized by the Parliamentary Motor Group. A Jaguar D type was driven by Sir Stirling Moss." How's that for a once in a lifetime experience!

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

From Fabrizio Comi in Italy - "These are pictures of my 1966 Triumph GT6R Replica. After a long hard job, this fantastic car was successfully completed. Thanks go to Mark Field and David Pearson. We hope to have realized an accurate representation of the real car that unfortunately was never raced." Very cool!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Rod Nichols in Boise, ID - "Since I didn't spot any cars from Idaho, I thought this might fill the bill! These cars belong members of the Idaho British Car Club, photo taken on Galena Summit, between Ketchum and Stanley, Idaho. We were on our way back to Boise concluding our Summer Tour '05! See, Jeff Zorn is right, we are more than just potatoes! Thanks for the great website!"
 

 

 

 


 

From Julian Bradshaw in Montreal Quebec. - "Hi, this is my 1965 Ford Anglia Super. I bought it in New Brunswick after seeing it in the Old Auto classifieds. I had a 1962 model back in 1965 and have many happy memories of it. I also can't understand why they talk about Austins and all other makes of British cars but you might think that Ford never made cars there." Well, we'll do our part here and try to get the word out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



                        

 

     From James Tworow of Calgary, Alberta comes these three that are actually somewhere in Ontario and for sale (more of this collection was featured in the November 2003 Practical Classics "Rust in Peace" feature). They are a late 1960's Commer camper van (RHD, Bluebird conversion), a 1959 Ford Consul and a 1954 Hillman Minx. You can contact  James at sherlock77@fastmail.ca if you want more information.

 

 



 

From Paul Canty in the UK comes this interesting vehicle he took a picture of in Chile - "The A35 pick up was a bit of a marketing disaster and only 475 were built, for some reason 46 went to Chile (not sure what we had against them). The guy I'm in contact with has 2 A35 pick ups, an A35 van and an A40 'woody' plus loads of other cars (Lancias, Standards, TR4s etc etc)."

 

 

 


 

From Dale Allen in Australia - "I thought you might like a picture of my 1967 Bristol 409. It uses a Chrysler 318 'poly' with a TorqueFlite 3 speed push button transmission. I have had it about 4 years now and have done some work on it although it received a re-spray in Queensland before I purchased it. It is one of only about 115 +- made and is an absolute delight to drive. The only real problem with it is that its most comfortable cruising speed is about 20mph above the legal limit in Australia."
 

 

 

 


 

From Doug Horton in Windsor Ontario - "My 1934 Rover P110 Six Light Saloon was given to me by my big brother in 2002, he was in the auto restoration business for many years and had owned many beautiful English autos. He looked all over England for the type of Rover his lovely wife Jean wanted, she wanted a car without a boot. He found this one ten miles away from his home in Nottingham, he did not want to buy it because it needed far too much work but his wife insisted, so he bought it and restored it. A year later Jean died. I went over for a visit saw the car and fell in love with it, the Rover had been in his carport covered up for nine years. It wasn't in too bad a shape, but after being in a container for three weeks it paid a toll. The lacquer on the wings had shrank and spider webbed this was in mid July. the tyres were good in the tread department but the side walls had cracked. Anyway to make a long story a bit shorter I had the car restored again starting in November of 2002 and was finished in 2003. I have won best in my class twice and best in my class and best in the show at the same event. Looking forward to driving it again this year. I put about 800 miles on the clock a year and not had a problem yet touch wood."

 


 


From Donald Woodcock in Kentucky - "My car is a 1985 Jaguar XJS HE, I have pursued this car for the last twenty years and this summer THE gods smiled on me when it was offered for sale. I live in a small town in Kentucky, Jaguars of this type are never seen in this area. My odyssey began in 1985 when I was a school boy I First spotted the car sitting at a realtors office and would pass it every day on the way home from school. I can remember sitting on the bus saying "someday I am going own a car like that" , big dreams for a boy from a small town. I would see this car off and on for the next twenty years until one day I rode by and it had a for sale sign on it, I told my wife I'm buying that car, I stopped in the office and walked in and said who owns the Jaguar outside. The owner was the office manager and she had bought the car new. Fifteen minutes and $2500.00 later the elusive "White Whale" was mine. But alas all was not perfect with the idol of my childhood lots of maintenance had gone undone and many repairs awaited me but I have to say I do not regret the purchase one bit. I have begun doing the major repairs the car needs and couldn't resist adding the wheels and tires, they are from a company called "Panther' they are the "scizzor" model in 18 x 8." That's an oppourtunity not many of us get! I know I would have done the same thing. -Allan

 


 

 

 

         

 

From Alyn Vincent in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia comes this 1952 Riley. "Bought as a going car in 1996 this has been restored from the wheels up. It is a mixture of RMB & RMF as delivered from the factory. It stops the traffic & easily does 80 + mph. The trim is light beige with green piping & carpet."

 


 

 

"My name is Chuck Ingram and I live just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I have been involved with Sunbeams since 1962. At one time we had 6 Alpines and one Tiger. As time went by we downsized and have 2 cars left. This is one of them. As I never could afford a real Lister Tiger and after seeing and riding in one back in 1989 I was bitten. This started as a 1964 Alpine. It now has a 351 Windsor ,5 speed, Ford rear end and my redesigned front end. It was 9 years in the making and I did nearly everything. The exception was the motor, seats and headliner. It became called The Spirit of Lister as at its first showing at Niagara Falls I mentioned that it was not an exact replica but built in the spirit of the Listers. That's what someone suggested it should be called and the name has stuck. Yes it can go if one so desires but due to the age of the driver I have no more desire to speed"

 

 


 

 

"My second Jaguar, a 1965 Jaguar 3.8 S type, (my first Jaguar is a 1984 XJ-6). I like this one better, though the XJ-6 has its own enchantment. This S type is unrestored, though it was resprayed by the second owner, that's about it, everything else is original, intact, and untouched. This car has been loved and well cared before I found it. I have improved on it by adding modern safety equipment like XJ-6 electric mirrors, XJ-6 Center Stop Lamp, powerful Auxiliary driving lamps prototyped by Mr. Jaguar.com, and other modifications like converting to Negative Ground and a new BELL polished stainless steel exhaust system, fabulous show quality exhaust. I drove this car home from San Francisco to Tennessee, 2,619 miles without any problems, other than a flat tire in Texas because of the inner tube air valve. Cowboys came to help immediately, thanks guys!. The engine is the famous 3.8 XK unit with 9:1 compression. Incredible power in all ranges, especially when passing." - Jose Maymon

 

 


 

 

Sent in by the James Davis family - "Daddy's pride and joy. Hand crafted Anglo - American perfection. 1973 Jensen Interceptor III Saloon complete with original Chrysler 440cid, TorqueFlite automatic, leather upholstery, wool carpets, power steering and power disc brakes on all four corners. Less than 70,000 miles and garaged comfortably in Texas. The gentleman's jam jar of choice."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thanks to Earl Sharpe for sending in the following - "These are some pictures of my 1969 Austin America. Located in New Brunswick, Canada the 69 has a 1 year younger sister which our 17 year old son Marcus is planning on restoring this winter. The 69 appears in the British magazine Idle Chatter this month and is a joy to drive."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 


 

 

 

From David in Melbourne, Australia - "Here's a few pics of my 1967 AH Sprite with a Rotary motor, fully engineered. It's a 12a Bridgeport ( approx 190 bhp), with a 4 Barrel Nikki, it has all Mazda transmission (5 x speed box ),with frontline suspension and Konis all round. It's fairly loud as there is not much room under to fit a lot of mufflers, but I love the "Rotary Rap" ,so I am happy with that. It's got a 70's fibreglass nose conversion, which allows great access to the motor etc. It is fully road reg and I do few Hillclimbs as well. It's great to drive as the power to weight ratio is amazing ,standing quarter under 14 secs."

 

 

 



 

 

"Hi my name is Hugh Smith from Lanarkshire Scotland and I came across your site and thought I would email you a picture of my classic car. It is a 1956 Bentley S1. It was laid up in storage for 28 years and re-commissioned for the road by myself and a few friends. Now runs like a wee sweetie once again and is giving me many hours of pleasure and enjoyment." No doubt!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

     Mike Leicester from Lesco Engine Machine sent in this picture of a Dailu Mk-2, 1962 sports racer. Now, it's not completely British (built in Montreal) but it does have some British components. Jag front and rear suspension and brakes with 327 Chevy engine, tube frame and fiberglass body. Ex John Cannon Times GP and Canadian GP car. Winner of The Monterey Historic Vintage races. There are more pictures of this car at Mike's site and it is for sale if you have deep pockets!

 

 

 



 


 

Iain Cameron from West Lothian in Scotland sends in these two Vauxhall pictures - "I have recently acquired a 1963 Vauxhall Victor FB. For years I have wanted a classic 60's . If anybody who owns a Victor in Scotland I would like share the pleasures of owning such a classic." Iain can be contacted at iain.cameronATonetel.net.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

From David Poole in the UK - "Here are some pictures of my 1969 Reliant Scimitar. I have owned it for over 6 years and it still brings a smile to my face every time I drive it. It has been fully poly-bushed and has adjustable shocks. I have recently fitted 15" x 7" Wolfrace wheels. The standard 3 litre engine still performs very well and can reach speeds of over 120 mph on the track!" Visit David's great web site at http://www.sporting-reliants.com.

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Andrew Smith in Farnham, Surrey, England comes this great looking car - "I've attached a few picture of my 1958 TR3A should you choose to use them for your Visitor's Vehicle Gallery. TRK 639 has only had 4 owners from new (I'm the fourth), has never been off the chassis and still has the original interior. In 1992 she was rolled into the garage and taken off the road due to a leaking rear oil seal, there TRK stayed (in bits) until 2003 when the engine and paintwork restoration started and finished - and here she is today!"


 

 

 


 

 

 

Webmasters note: The "Alvi" have taken over the page! Incredibly we have received three different Alvis cars here in the Gallery and another in the Classifieds section all within a week!

 

              

 

From Bob & Darillyn Doss down in Arizona.  "Here are some shots of one of our two "Alvi" On December 3, 1952, the Coventry, England based Alvis Motorcar Company dispatched a TA21 Tickford Coachworks aluminum bodied DHC (Drop Head Coupe) to Armin Whittenberg’s “Cavalier Motorcars Ltd. at 9035 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California." The Los Angeles buyer, Louis Panuse, took delivery and owned the car until sometime in the mid 1960’s. The car circulated between a number of owners around the west coast until the late 70's.

In 1979, the TA21 Alvis convertible was beginning to show some age and was purchased by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen (Plastic Surgeon to the Stars). The Beverly Hills physician was quick to write a prescription for fresh paint, and a new red interior with a Jaguar instrument panel. The tired six cylinder Alvis powerplant was replaced by a later model Chevrolet V8 engine and drive train. Doctor Ellenbogen used the snappy little convertible as a daily driver for a number of years. He sold the car in 2002.

The Alvis TA21 DHC surfaced again in August of 2003, looking for a new owner. It was featured at Christie’s Pebble Beach Classic Car Auction, in Monterey California. It eventually found a new home, in our garage, near Tucson, Arizona.  

 

              

 

 

This is our 1947 Alvis "Woodie". Prior to arriving in the United States, this particular Model TA 14 was toured by England’s Foreign Secretary, Jack John Whitaker Straw, a member of British Parliament, currently serving her majesty, the Queen, as Great Britain’s “Secretary of State”. The vehicle is unique in that most “Estates” or “Shooting Brakes” as they are sometimes referred too, were built in a four door configuration. This one began life as a rare, one of a kind, tudor hatchback model for the headmistress of Giggleswick school, in Yorkshire, England. It has been restored back to its original “as new” condition prior to leaving the UK. We have taken our share of awards, at car shows, in the Tucson, Arizona area."

 

 


                

 

 

 

Harry Watkin in Huntersville NC sent in new photos of his car that was one of the very first cars submitted to this Gallery several years ago - "My 1961 Alvis TD21 drophead Coupe' was one of the first cars in the 'Visitor's Gallery". Since then, the car has spent a year at Red Triangle, the Alvis specialist restorers in Kenilworth, England. Over 11 months, they completed all the necessary bodywork, painted it Alice Blue (original color), did all the mechanical work, put on a new top in Navy Blue, carpets in Navy, and new interior in beige. The man responsible for the top, carpets and interior actually worked for Park-Ward during the time when Park-Ward was building bodies for Alvis, and the shop foreman had started working for Alvis, Ltd. when he was 16 years old, about the time my car was built. All that work was done in time for a friend and I to drive the car from Kenilworth to Newcastle, 200 miles north, to attend International Alvis Day. Since the car and I have returned to the USA, the Alvis has been to Hershey, on a tour, and to the Triumph Club's "Gathering" at a vineyard in North Carolina. We hope to attend many more shows, and to continue to astound those who think that a car like this should only be trailered. We now have about 3000 miles on the car since it's return to us. Attached are some photos taken at the "Gathering", and one photo taken at the Alvis-Vickers plant with one of their current production vehicles." Looks great! Harry's first picture can be seen in farther down this page.

 


 

                     

 

     Thanks to Phil Smith of Team Paradox for sending in two great shots of his 1968 MGBGT SCCA ProRally car. As Phil explains..."Yes, rally car. Like stage rallying. Like racing through the woods etc...I've attached a couple of sample photos. The first, shot by Patrick Munits at the Lake Superior ProRally, October 2001, is at the crest of the famed Brockway Mountain stage, on the Keewenau Peninsula in northern Michigan; it is one of the very few paved stages in the USA.. The second, shot by Lorne Trezise, is a more typical view of what happens in this type of racing. Again, a photo from the same rally. You'll find a full story and history of the program on our website www.rhybudd.com."

 

 

 


 

From Mark Macy in Ohio comes this trio of Triumphs - "Here's a photo showing 3 of our 4 Triumphs.  This addiction started with the white 1957 smallmouth, which I plan to give a concours restoration.  Not wanting to be without a Triumph to drive during the restoration process, I just had to have a second one, and the red 1957 smallmouth was acquired.  Then the wife stated her preference for the TR4's with their roll up windows in place of the sidescreens, and all of the sudden my 30 x 50 detached garage was full of Triumphs and Triumph bits!  I have more photos of these cars posted at http://www.macysgarage.com/myweb6/mycars.htm , along with Triumph tech articles and photos of current projects on my web site www.macysgarage.com."

 


 


 

 

From Michael Barrington here in Canada - "I have owned the 62 Mk11 3000 since 1984 when my boys were young - this was our project. I did the restoration with with their help as you can see. They are both grown up now but have fond memories of the days in the garage."

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

From John Downing in Pennsylvania comes this 1954 MG TF 1500. - "Car was purchased about 3 years ago and underwent a nut & bolt restoration by Maiden England in Bally, PA in 2002. Car has won many T-Series 1st Place awards and is always asked to be in parades in our local shows. The color is Spruce Green, actually a 1960 VW color. It has a tan interior. It is a lovely car to drive, though my 1950 MG TD can stay up with it because of modifications to the rear of the TD. All of my cars (also have a 1961 Healey 3000 BT7) have whitewall tires. Just like it that way. Doesn't seem to detract from people voting for it."
 

 


The next cars come from Doug Townsend who lives in Chalfont St Peter Buckinghamshire UK. I love the Bullnose!

 "Looking through your Web site visitor’s cars I see that none appear to be before 1940 . So thought you might like shots of my two cars. (Actually, there are a couple of pre-1940 Bentleys below, but the more the merrier! -Allan)

"The first is a 1935 Morris 10 Series 2/sliding head, 4 Door saloon, completed in November 1935. I am the second owner. A driver was delivering it from the works at Cowley. He stopped for coffee and when he returned the car had been stolen. The car was found in Newport Gwent and taken to a local garage for storage. The garage owner purchased for £100.00. I purchased in 1978 from the nephew of the original owner. The restoration took 2 years. When purchased the mileage was 37,000, it is now 48,000! It had been stored since 1956, unfortunately the garage developed a leak and this caused rot in the sunshine roof, carpets and the trim of the front doors. A great car to drive and much admired on the road or at shows. 

 

My second car is a 1926 Morris (Bullnose) Oxford 5 seat Tourer. Writer and musician Fritz Spiegl found this car in a lock-up garage behind the Cathedral in Liverpool around 1956; he had it ‘restored,’ but drove it very little. He said he thought it had done less than 5,000 miles in his ownership. He sold it into the trade in 1988. I purchased from a dealer in 1990 it was in a very poor state as you can see. The body came off and had major surgery; the chassis was in remarkable condition. It took approximately 1800 hours to restore; I did 90 per cent of the work. The upholstery and hood were done professionally. In 2003 we did over 500 miles on a rally in Brittany, and it went very well. The car is used regularly and is much enjoyed by us."

 


         

 

Thanks to Albert Boasberg of San Francisco, California for sending in these pictures of his 1969 Rover TC 2000. When was the last time you saw one of these on the road?? Albert bought this car new in 1969 and still drives it to work daily! He has set up an online slide show of the car you can visit here - 1969 Rover TC 2000.
 

 


 

         

 

Greg Millard in California sent in these two great Bentleys. Photo 1 is a 1934 Bentley 3.5L Body by Carrocerias Vert - Spanish. Photo 2 is a 1937 4.25L Bentley Park Ward Saloon (steel body). An impressive pair!

 


 

 

From Joseph Mazurk in Chicago, IL - "This is a pic of my RHD Jensen Healey # 14966. I bought it off Ebay from a guy who had shipped it to the States from England. I have been searching around and I think its the only RHD JH in America! It came with the factory installed 40mm Dellorto carburetors. Its fast, dependable and I am finally getting the hang of driving this RHD in our LHD roads." Could this really be the only RHD Jensen-Healey in America? How about North America? The call is out - if you have one send in a picture so we know! Allan

 

 

 


 

         

 

 

 From Marc Stainier in Belgium comes these rare Rovers - "Hi ! You'll find pictures about some "Forgotten Ladies" ...the old and faithful Rover P2. Those one are '47 models. The green one is a 12Hp 4 Cyl Saloon and the Black on Red one is a 16Hp 6 Cyl LHD (Rare export model). The other picture shows a meeting with rare survival Ladies in Belgium and The Netherlands. Thanks for your site and greetings from Belgium!"

 

 


 

 

                   

 

George Herrmann from Wellington, New Zealand sent in the following photos not knowing what this car was;

 

"I was strolling the streets of Christchurch, New Zealand last week when I stumbled on to this car. It was in great shape, the styling was timeless, and it looked as if it came from the early 1960's.

I had never seen one before and at first took it for a Facel Vega. I had a camera with me and took three pictures of it, which I enclose. As I was taking the last picture, its owner came out and got in the car. I flagged him down and asked what kind of car it was. There was lots of street noise and I could not hear his response. He gave it a hyphenated name, something like a Kayser-? He said it had a Corvette engine in it and that only 99 were ever made. Then he drove off."

 

I didn't recognize it at first and thought we had another "Mystery Vehicle" on our hands. However when I noticed the club badge on the grill I figured that may be enough to figure it out. The badge said GKOC (something-something Owner's Club). Using the database at former "Pick of the Month" Motorbase, I checked every car whose name started with the letter 'G'. In a few clicks Gordon-Keeble turned up and we had our car! A quick Google search brought up the Gordon-Keeble Owner's Club website which has even more information and pictures of this rare car. It is too bad they only made 99 of these. I quite like it! -Allan


 


 

From Gordon Purger in the UK come these photos - "Attached are two photos of my 'Landcrabs' (big minis) in wedding livery.

         

The blue one is a 1969 Wolseley 18/85 S and the white one is a Wolseley Six (2200cc straight six) Automatic. The six was made road legal 1 week before the wedding (July 17 2004). I bought it as a bare re-sprayed rolling shell with a large box of bits in December 2003. It cost over £2000 in new parts as well as the supplied ones. The blue one has all it mechanicals replaced and is waiting for its rebuilt original engine. New sills and front valance with re-spray first."

 

Gordon is a member of the British Made Car Club which caters to all British made cars. They do have overseas members and Gordon invites anyone wishing to join or seek more info to please visit the site.
 

 


 

 

From Elliot Fratkin in Northampton Massachusetts - "Here is a photo of my 1967 TR4A. Took three years to merge two cars into one, now a great driver and friend."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Bill Brewer in California comes this great looking 1960 Triumph TR3A - "I found this TR3A in a pasture in Tehachapi, California. It had been sideswiped on the freeway and had skidded to a stop on its side in fireweed on the side of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. After getting it home, it laid dead for 10 years with raccoons living inside it. It came with $300 in new parts and I paid $300 for it. After 8 hours work, it ran and drove. What you see here is 11 years of ongoing rolling restoration. I put in a overdrive transmission and rack & pinion steering to make the car more drivable. One of the happiest times of my life was driving the TR around the Buttonwillow race track during lunch hour at the MOSS British extravaganza. The car is now a daily driver."

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Ted Sebern on the central California coast comes this interesting truck which is admittedly not British at all - but I still thought everyone would like to see it - "I noticed the little Ford model Y ute (on the Visitor's Vehicle Gallery archive page) and I thought you might be interested in adding an Australian Ford. It's a 1955 Ford Mainline Ute. Stock 272 Y-block with three speed on the column but it's RHD. As far as can figure it had 180,000 miles approx. when I bought it as the engine was all original Ford parts and rust was minimal. With the help of the Ford Motor Company Ltd. of Australia, I could return #466 of 1324 built that year to nice condition. It was put together as a kit at the Windsor Plant on a convertible chassis and sent to Geelong, Victoria, Australia. There it was assembled using an Australian made rear section over wood framing. The interior of bed or tray as the Aussies call it consists of several pieces, each of which is stamped 466, suggesting that those pieces were hand fitted to the car and that car only."

 

 


 

Here's Harry Pace in his 1960 Hillman Minx Series 3A in action on International Rally Of The Tests 2002 in England. Be sure to visit Harry's Rally a Hillman web site!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Donna in Tulsa Oklahoma comes another Alpine.  They're really coming out of the woodwork! - "Hello Allen, I saw Wayne's yellow Alpine (see below) and thought hey since he got his on your website. My car is a 1964 Series IV saved from the scrap pile. I have owned the car since 1990 and drove it for the first time March of 2003. The restoration work is not original by any means; I think they put Ford Mustang shocks, a late model tilt Oldsmobile steering column and whatever else to piece the car back to working order. It does have the original motor and original body that was patched back to its original cool looks. Lots of Sunbeam tigers are hiding in garages in this town but my little 4 banger cruises the streets and makes the car shows, it's just too much fun to hide in the garage. Like being a celebrity for the day, I take Vicki, yea named the car and we make a scene when we can."
 

 


 

There has been a lot of Sunbeam Alpine activity on the site this week (October 3rd, 2004) and it continues with this photo submission from Wayne Burroughs in Plano, Texas. - "This is my unrestored S3 Sunbeam Alpine. I drive it whenever I get the chance. A really great and fun car." - I think the yellow suits it well! -Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

              

 

Gary Brizendine from www.yourkitcar.com sent in these shots of an event he was recently a part of. Here is an article he wrote about the what looks to have been a great day;

"The 13th Annual All British Car Show, held in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, September 18, 2004 offered owners and admirers of many fine British sports cars a great opportunity to see a full range of wonderful motorcars. Nearly 100 vehicles were presented for display at the show.
 

The member of the Triumph Club in North Texas presented the show organizer, Jeff Sloan with a plaque thanking him for his continued support of Triumph and British sports cars.
 

In addition to representation of the Triumph Marque at the show, there were cars produced by Riley, Lotus, Jensen, Caterham, Morgan, Rover, Morris, Aston Martin, Austin, Jensen-Healey, Jaguar, MG, Austin-Healey on display.

British Auto Specialists is a Caterham Dealer. A number of British race cars were on display. Jeff Sloan campaigns a Caterham in vintage events and he also prepares an E-production Caterham Zetec race car for Chris Yates. Thanks again to Jeff and his staff for providing a venue and the great Barbeque Buffet for all the participants & guests."


 


 

Thanks to Michel Desbiens, president of Club automobile Le Rendez Vous des Anglaises inc. du Québec, for sending in the story and pictures of his amazing 10,000 mile MGB trip around North America. There are so many pictures that I've posted it on it's own page. Click here to read the story and see the pictures. Truly inspiring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Jeremiah Randolph in Kansas City, Missouri comes this very interesting GT6. As Jeremiah explains - "This is one of my ongoing projects. A 1969 Triumph GT6+ with a balanced and blueprinted 2.5 L motor from a TR6, the block sports oversized molly-chromed flat top pistons, a .50,000 shaved, port and polished aluminum Head with oversized valves, Corella rods, a Crane "Street" cam, MDS electronic ignition, A hand fabricated aluminum tube header with 3 inch exhaust to the back, 8 pound balanced aluminum flywheel, electronic Overdrive, adjustable Corvette air shock in the rear, gas charged coil over shocks up front, with shaved TR6 rear half shafts. Plans for the future are to replace the dual modified Strombergs for a Triple DCOE stepped down side draft Weber setup. I'm also in the process of building a "twin" convertible version as a 1970 SpitSix 2.5L named "Brutus" and also show a completely factory original wire wheel, overdrive equipped 1970 MG split bumper B with less than 30,000 miles on the clock." Great collection Jeremiah! - Allan
 

 


 

 

 

From Neal Cockshutt in Toronto, Ontario comes this "matching set" of cars! - "I have a barn load of parts and cars that I am slowly weeding through in order to fund a big (for me) project. A 1976 Aston Martin V8.

The 1976 Aston Martin V8 is a California car ( I brought it up), excellent body but poor mechanicals. I am just starting to get going on it and get some contacts set up, but could always use some help.

The project I just completed is a '67 Morris Moke! Too much fun to drive but a little scary around some Toronto drivers. They stare at you in disbelief while they wander all over the road!!!!!! 850 cc and about 30 hp means that you really have to drive it to keep your momentum!!" 

 

You can contact Neal at thelastnut@sympatico.ca. I can't think of two more diametrically opposed vehicles. Great combo! -Allan
 

 

 


 

 

 

From Trevor Johnsson in Australia comes this unique car - "Attached is a photograph of my 1932 Lanchester 15/18 Golf Coupe taken on a recent rally. Body was built in Melbourne, Australia by Martin and King. The car has a six cylinder overhead valve engine 2.5 l capacity, preselector gearbox and hydraulically operated drum brakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Malcolm and Carole Buckler in the UK comes this interesting car - "Our car is a Buckler Mark 5, designed in 1947. This example was built in 1954 for 1172 Formula racing at Silverstone and other speed events, driven by Peter Hampton. We keep her in road tune and take her on quite long trips in Britain and once as far as France. She has no screen, seat belts, air bags, heater, hi fi, roll bar, roof or storage boot. Engine is an 1172cc Ford sidevalve with 3 speed close ratio gears, suspension is by a single cart spring at each end and brakes and clutch are mechanically operated. She prefers country roads but will cruise at 65-70 mph and does about 45 miles to the gallon.

 

About 300 to 400 Bucklers were made between 1947 and 1965.The factories were situated at Reading and Crowthorne in Berkshire. Crowthorne dealt mostly with chassis, bodies and assembly and Reading with precision engineering, spring and wheel making. Many were sold in component form, in the same manner as early Lotus cars, which were Buckler's main competitor, although Bucklers produced close ratio gearboxes for the Lotus production line for many years."

 

You can learn more about Bucklers at the Buckler Cars website.

 

 


 

 

Can you ID this car? Another interesting mystery. We have a post in the Tech Questions Forum from someone trying to ID it. It looks like a Ginetta to me but there are some differences that make me think not. From the picture we know there are at least two of these. If you think you know what it is click this link to go to the Forum and post an answer. UPDATE: It looks like the cars in question are Tornados - built in England from 1958 to 1964. The first car is a Typhoon and the blue car in the background is a very rare Tempest model. For more information on these cars visit the Tornado Register. - Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Richard Kosier, Connecticut, USA - "In 1977 I purchased a used 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500. Pimento in color, it was my first convertible and I had the best of times driving that car. Being young and foolish I sold the car in 1980 and have longed for one ever since. After looking for about 2 years I purchased another Spitfire; 20 years later. It's a 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500, blue with a beige interior. I was lucky to find a vehicle pretty close to the condition (and mileage!) of the one I sold back in 1980.


After being without a Spitfire for so long, I figured the parts availability and cost would be much worse than it was back in the 1980's. To my surprise I found the prices now cheaper and the availability better...for the most part. My last memory of purchasing an individual Spitfire part was the muffler. Back then the muffler cost $125 (when typical mufflers were $18!) and took over a week to get. I recently purchased a new muffler for $90 and it was delivered within 3 days.


I believe the Internet has played a key role in keeping cars like the Spitfire alive and well. There are now so many sites available, ranging from specification pages, parts suppliers, clubs and organizations, personal pages and one must not forget eBay, that information and parts are readily available. Feel free to visit my website: http://www.kosier.net/spitfire/ to see a whole range of pictures and some articles that I have written concerning my Spitfire."

 

 


 

 

From Gaines Evans in Mesquite, TX - "I'm enjoying your site and would really like to see a picture of my 1958 Metropolitan in your 'Visitor's Vehicles Gallery'. Although it was a Nash design, it is completely a British car down to its Austin A-50 engine. This picture was taken at a car show in Detroit, MI, July 2003.  I started the restoration in March of 2003 from a yellow and black heap of bolts. I've imported overriders from Canada, misc. parts from California and many other places. I have redone the electrical, brakes, front-end bushings, gas tank, interior trim, all the chrome, paint (obviously), new weather-stripping around the windows and will be starting the interior re-upholstery later this year. I would like to add a link to my website showing the progress I've made and so anyone interested can see what I started with. It's www.webspawner.com/users/gainesmetsite/index.html."  Admittedly, the Metropolitan presence on the directory is thin so I encourage any Metropolitan people to submit some sites! - Allan

 

 

 


 

 

 

    Thanks to Art Dickenson for sending in his 1983 Jaguar XJS GT "Silver". Fastest Jaguar ever in JCNA Slalom history. Seen here in action in Pitt Meadows, June 2002. Record time 38.936 seconds.
     As Art describes: "I have owned Silver for 14 years and have been autocrossing the car for eleven years. I show and autocross the car with the Jaguar Car Clubs of North America. After a couple of years showing the car I became hooked on slalom racing the car, and after four years in stock class, I moved into Modified. Since then I have not stopped modifying, to get the car to handle better and be the quickest cat round the block. The car now weighs in at around 3,800 lbs, depending on fuel load. Next event of major status is the Phoenix JCNA Challenge Championship, this takes place May 1st to 5th in Phoenix AZ."

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Walt Sweyer sent in this picture and taken in August 2002. "Here in the Pacific Northwest, the Triumph Clubs of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia take turns hosting an All Triumph Drive-In each year. This year was the 22nd ATDI and it was hosted by the Tyee Triumph Club of Washington State. The event was held in the coastal town of Westport, WA on the 9th through 11th of August. A group of us from the Portland Triumph Owners Association, usually prolong the fun by touring for up to a week after the event. We love driving Triumphs!!! This year our group just headed south from Westport enjoying U. S. 101 along the Washington and Oregon Coasts. A great road for Triumphs and the weather was great for us. The first Tr-4 belongs to Gary & Mary Walker and they're followed by Mike & Fran Grace. This was one of those days when you ask yourself, "What else would I rather be doing?" and there's no answer." Thanks for making us all jealous Walt! To find out more about this event and other British car events click this link to go to the britishcarlinks.com Events Page.

 

 


 

 

From Carel Krijgsman in The Netherlands - "I'd like to submit a link to my site and a photo of my own car. I own a 1951 Austin A125 Sheerline and because there is so little information about this car on the internet I decided to build a site - the address is www.Austin-Sheerline.tk.  I've owned this car for 21 years and I still can't get enough of it. It is a very luxurious car and is quite rare, it was used mainly as a director's car and for weddings. Our car began it's life as a director's car and was later on shipped to the Netherlands. For more information you are very welcome to visit my site."

 

 

 

 


 


 

Peggy from Canada is trying to identify these two antique cars that belonged to her family and has started a thread in the Tech Questions Forum. If you can help click here to go directly to the thread (it will open in a new window). My guess is that the large car (GT 8601) is a Daimler (20/70?) or perhaps a Humber. The smaller car may not even be British. It reminds me of a Renault but I'm sure it is something else. I'm very interested to see this one positively I.D.'d.

 

UPDATE: It looks like GT 8601 may be a Delage and RY 1919 is a Renault after all. Both French cars but we won't hold that against them. Go to the thread to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Ian MacKinnon somewhere in Canada - "What ! No photo gallery is complete without a Vauxhall Victor! Here is mine....It is a 1959 Vauxhall Victor Deluxe Series Two. It presently has 18,200 miles and is in un restored condition." Great find Ian!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Darryl  McLendon in Simpsonville, SC comes this car - "I purchased this 1980 Vermilion MGB Roadster in May 1996. It was built in January 1980 and purchased new in November 1980. Driven for 7 years logging on just over 34,000 miles. It was then purchased in 1987 by a collector who stored the car for 9 years logging on less than 500 miles.

I restored and modified the car over a period of 8 years. Engine modifications include an aluminium cross flow head and 2 SU HS6's with K&N filters and stubb stacks. A Kent road cam, adjustable timing gears, a Jacobs electronic ignition and a 4 Syncro with overdrive gear box. Interior modifications include Biscuit leather seats, Burr walnut dash and trim. Full details are available @ www.onefastmgb.com.

This car is now driven daily and has never been entered in a show without placing 1, 2 or 3 in it's class. I cannot imagine a car that would be more fun to drive."

 


 

A great story from Ken & Kathy Jones in the UK - "Please find attached a couple of photos of my 1948 MG Y Type Sporting Saloon car, before and after, originally found on a farm in Somerset, England, unloved and rotting away quite happily for around 18 years. That was some 20 years ago, and I'm glad to say that she has now been restored to her former glory whilst retaining as much of her original character, and original components, as possible. In all that time it is believed she has never left Somerset, having originally been registered in the City of Bath, and now living in West Somerset. The third and final photo is from this years MG Y Register "Exmoor Run", a small annual gathering of these great little British cars, which takes place in the beautiful countryside of West Somerset every August over a three day period.

Originally finished in black (and later brown rust), she is now British Racing Green over Cream, but with newly acquired (though totally original) red leather interior thanks to the brilliant MG Car Club Y Type Register team.

With sun roof, opening windscreen, traditional running boards, stand alone chrome headlamps, built in hydraulic jacks and burr walnut dashboard and trim, the little MG One & a Quarter is, for me, what classic British cars are all about. A family saloon car that can happily run at 70mph when needed, will tour the countryside at 50mph all day long, and has that extra bit of real class. Full of the classic MG details and high quality, and yet, even today, very

 

I hope you find 'Agatha' of interest." - Indeed I do and I'd have to say all of the britishcarlinks visitors will, too! Allan

 

 


 

From Doug Millar in Glasgow, Scotland comes this 1972 MGB"I've had this car almost 5 years, had a lot of work done, fitted an MGC bonnet, just because I like it & I think it suits it. Cheers, Doug"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From Ron Jean - "This is an 1980 Triumph TR7 that has spent it's life in California so far and has been souped up by installing a Chevy 4.3 liter Vortec V-6 and a Camaro 5 speed. The only problem has been gearing, even after installing a TR-8 3:08 rear end 1st gear seems only good for climbing trees but from 2nd on up is way fun! Recent mods not shown in pic include a mohair top as well as a Smoothline hardtop, Panasport 14" rims and Corbeau racing seats." Looks like Ron has a real sleeper on his hands!

 

 


 

 

From Paul Breuhan in Michigan - "I bought this 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A in February 2003 from a gentleman in Kansas who did about 90-95% of the work. I have mainly spent time and money to finish the car and I am trying to gather up some missing original parts...but like to drive it as often and as fast as I can.
     The car is powered by a mid-60s Ford 289 (non-original) with approximately 290hp, original Ford Toploader 4-speed, and the tires spin using a 3:31 limited slip dif out back. The suspension includes beefed up front sway bar and springs, Koni shocks all around and "Traction Master" traction bars in the rear.
     The exterior of the car is pretty well restored stock paint the original color of Arctic White, with the side trim being removed (I hope to put the trim back on someday). A custom one-off hood scoop was added to fill the hole a previous owner cut, WIPAC driving lights, a silver vinyl rear tail stripe (similar to the optional Tiger Tails of the time), and 14" Minilite style rims round out the look. The interior was also refinished with mainly stock items, the obvious exceptions being Autometer gauges, Hurst shifter, LeCarra steering wheel, roll bar, and racing seat belts.


     I saw my first Tiger when I was in high school, said someday I would own a Tiger, and 22 years later so this is a dream come true for me...thanks for the cyberspace!"

 

     No problem Paul! I hope to be able to tell a similar story some day when I  buy a Jaguar XK 120 Coupe. The sad thing is there's one for sale in my own Classified Section but I can't afford it right now! I guess timing (and patience....and money) is everything. Enjoy your Tiger! - Allan

 

 

 


 

From Jeff in California - "Greetings! I just discovered your website and wanted to share this photo of my recently restored 1968 Triumph Spitfire Mk3. It's a bare metal, frame off restoration with several custom touches that make the car uniquely my own, including a highly modified engine generating approx 115 BHP (original was about 62 BHP), quad motorcycle racing carbs, leather interior with red maple burlwood dash, custom audio system and more. This car had spent over a decade languishing in the Arizona desert and was an abandoned restoration project when I took it over in June of 2000." More photos of this car can be found a Jeff's great web site - The Totally Triumph Network.

 


 


 

Thanks to Stuart Leslie-Young in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for sending in his equally beautiful 1964 Triumph TR4. - "It has a bit of a curious past as it was first purchased by a US Army officer in Belgium, then it was brought over to the Western US and not much is known after that. It has been restored to original specs bar a Monza exhaust and SAH headers and what appears to be a lightened flywheel which might give some clue to its past."

 

UPDATE from Tony Cocomello: "I purchased this wonderful machine in October 2005 from the gentleman to whom Stuart sold the car. After much investigation, and with the help of your editorial (above), I was able to contact Stuart by email. He sent more pictures and the vehicle restorer's name. I had the car railed to Mississauga, ON. where it now resides. It looks very much as the photo— very clean, with the only visible difference of a Moto-Lita steering wheel. Nothing in the world like a ride in the country in a British roadster. Thanks for this web site and in helping collect a history of this vehicle."
 

 


 

From Ron Zeraldo of Mississauga, Ontario - "I have owned this red 1958 MGA since age 14 and was restored by my father and I from1970 thru 1973. It has won many awards but rarely sees the road at this time due to many other British cars that my wife and sons have acquired and are presently working on." Now that is a problem I'm sure we would all like to have!
 

 

 

 


 


Michel DesLaurier sent this picture of his 1981 Triumph Spitfire taken at Asbestos city in the province of Quebec, Canada this summer. Needless to say it speaks for itself!

 


 


 

 

Steve Novelli  from Ambler, Pennsylvania sent in a photo of his Superformance S1. It has a Ford Z-tec engine (like you would find in a Focus) with Web-con F.I. and 185 horsepower at the fly-wheel. It weighs in at 1400 pounds is a blast to drive according to Steve.  I don't doubt him!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

Mike Geddes of the UK sent in this photo of his unique Triumph TR250 which he is hoping to get some info on - " I have recently purchased x753 one of the TR5/250 prototypes. The car is basically a right hand drive TR4a which had a few minor changes to the standard body and chassis, the main difference being that it had one of the prototype 6 cylinder engines upfront. The car was shipped to the US in the late 1960's / early 1970's can't be too sure when and returned to the UK in 1995. Can anyone out there tell anything about the car whilst it was in the US. I've attached a pic of the car when it first returned to the UK in 1995, unfortunately I have no information about where it was in the US at all. Unfortunately it's not faired too well in the last few years hence I will be rebuilding it. Any information would be really useful." You can contact mike at mike@mikegeddes.co.uk if you have any info for him!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Fred Hill from Dayton, Ohio sent in this '62 Spridget -  "We took this car to the Grassroots Motorsport's 2002 challenge race in Florida. We, (Bob Mason, Steve Miller of MG Automotive in Dayton and myself), had a great time and the car was quite competitive. It was destroyed in an accident this summer. One of our friends was hit by a young man who turned left in front of him. Too bad...." A shame indeed! -Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pete in the UK sent in his 1980 Panther Lima Series 2. Pete writes; "There were around 900 Series 1 made and 200 Series 2 made in the late 70's-80.The cars were built in southern England in a town called Byfleet (40ish miles from London) near the old Brooklands race track. My personal car was built in 1980 and first registered in 1983. It has covered 40,200 miles, has a fibreglass shell around a steel chassis and frame and the engine and running gear are from the Vauxhall (GM) Magnum 2300cc. It still has the original paintwork."
 


 

 

 

 


Bobby Warren sent in this car: "This is a 1970 GT6+ I bought and am in the process of going through and doing what it takes to get her back to top shape." Doesn't look like he has too far to go!
 


 


From Fred Hill in Dayton, Ohio - "Here is a little Spridget that we terrorized the neighborhood with for a few years. It had a hot 1275cc engine with a 4.55 welded rear end. It was fast, fun and handled great!" Wouldn't you love to take this one for a tear?
 

 


From Willy Thompson in Wisconsin is this 1959 Bugeye Sprite. "My car was bought in Winnipeg, memorial day 2002, moved to Wisconsin. This picture is of me and my 7 year old girl at the start of a rally in Hershey Pennsylvania. My 7 year old navigates for me now that she learned to read ;)."

 

 


From Ronnie Cowan of Ronnie Cowan Specialist Cars in Scotland comes this radical Marcos; "The car picture attached is of a much cosseted & modified Marcos Mantis, one of the first built in Westbury England. It puts out 352Bhp from an American Ford V8 (Cobra) engine with a tremendous bark from the straight thro' stainless steel pipes. 5 Speed manual gearbox feeding 18" forged split Rim chrome alloys with handling and performance commensurate with its looks. I use it to promote our Sports Car Sales business at Car Shows in the UK.

 

 


From Paul Wieringa of Auckland, New Zealand comes this stash of cars. One of which, the Capri, is for sale.
"I don't tell folk how many {British Cars} I've got (embarrassing) but after reading about the Autoist etc it doesn't seem so bad. I've got 6 MGB's (they are not my favourite car but most are to re sell). A '67 B (ex USA, after being in UK for most of its life where it got the rust I've repaired), a '75 GT that was badly accident damaged and which I will build into a chrome bumper shell (that needs floors, sills etc like most of my Bs), a '67 GT, a '67 GT which I've converted to a B replacing all the rear and dash panels etc that needed it (GTs are worth nothing here compared to Bs), a '72 GT I'm most of the way to converting to a (the only non rusty car), a '77 GT that I've converted to chrome bumper (made up my own panels etc) and lowered and added a Webasto sunroof from the '72. In two of them I've put Toyota 5 speeds (not noticeable from inside or under the bonnet).
I've also got two Triumph Herald coupes. One is a '61 "smooth roof" 948 and the other is a 1200 "ribbed roof".
Lastly I have a Triumph Herald 1200 convertible. I only have all the paperwork and the specific convertible bits of that car and will (or may be never) find a donor 1200 salon to convert.
      One of the main reasons to get rid of the Capri is to get a space to work on one of my MGs, finish it and sell it and so whittle down the fleet. Here's a shot of my '72 MGB with some of the rear section to still be completed  (and it needs to be under cover soon) and my 1200 coupe body tub."
Contact Paul Wieringa at  trogedon@maxnet.co.nz if you are interested in the Capri.

 


From Chad E. Marik of Springfield MO is this 1974 MGB-GT - "Got the car in May of 03. Had been sitting for 11 years because of clutch problems, took the motor out and replaced said clutch and clutch master cylinder as well as a rear wheel cylinder. Was driving the car within 3 days of purchase. Been driving every day since. Don't know why I waited 'till age 37 to get an MG but I'm glad I found it. Drives excellent. Just a wonderful little car."


 


From Joseph Mazurk of Chicago, IL. "I was checking out your website and would like to submit a picture of one of the rarest Jensen GTs' known to exist. Enclosed is a picture of my 1976 Jensen GT, of which only 511 were produced, it is a triple black black ( interior, exterior and vinyl roof ). They only made 2 cars in this color scheme mine # 464 and # 505 which was last heard of in 1995 somewhere in England. I took # 464 to the Jensen Eastern Nationals held in Baltimore in 2002 and won 1st place in its class. It was over 1400 miles round trip from Chicago. This is no garage queen. Original paint and superior condition warrants the best care and it is driven frequently weather permitting. I also own a 1974 Jensen Healey which is in great condition." A perfect pair!


From Michael Rayment down in Australia comes this little beauty - "This is a recent purchase (January). It is a 1949 4A Singer roadster. Aluminium body on an ashwood timber frame. Fold-down windscreen and red leather seats. It is a four seater. It has a nippy 1074cc OHC engine and a 4 speed gearbox. Mechanical brakes make for exciting stopping. It still maintains it's original tools that clip in within the engine bay. My two year old son calls it Booboo. I think he was trying to say Brum as it looks a little like the TV kids show miniature car. I purchased it fully restored only adding the white-wall tyres. The Singer 4A maintains the shape and most mechanics of the earlier Singer 9 roadsters manufactured from 1939."


Neil Wood sent in this photo of his1973 Triumph Stag. It has a Ford 302 drivetrain but everything else is stock. The car was from Oregon and is now in Vancouver B.C. He's owned it since 2002 and is slowly restoring it.
 

 

 


Here is a picture of an unusual English car from Bruce Clifford of Loveland, Colorado. "This is my 1934 Ford Model Y. It started out as a 4 door sedan. It was rebuilt into a pickup as a gift for the Earl of Suffolk's gamekeeper. The custom bodywork is aluminum over a wooden frame. It has the original 933cc 4 cylinder motor. It is not fast, but gets great gas mileage. Extras include the original hand crank, jack, brass tire pump, brass fire extinguisher, an extra set of spark plugs (Wipax, blue porcelain), a Shellmex gas can, fishing pole, golf clubs and a picnic basket. It is quite the little cruiser. It shares a home with an MGB, a Triumph Stag, and a Spitfire."

 


David & Evelyn Sheward of central Ohio, USA have sent a photo of their 1955 MG TF 1500 with this great "bio": "Titled as a 1955 MG TF1500 car # 7427 was "born" October 11&12th in Abingdon UK and left for the USA on October 13th 1954. We have had the pleasure of being the 3rd owner's and have had her (or she has had us!) for about 4 years now. A "minor paint touch-up" planned for "about 3 days" last summer resulted in a 9 month down to bare metal restoration with every nut & bolt being off, bead-blasted and/or replaced with stainless steel and all rubber replaced. The work was finished October 2002 ..a fitting birthday present for the old girl. Surely the "Gawds of Lucas" will look upon this effort and bless us with "good car-ma". The 1500 XPEG Stage III Tuned Engine (#1212) is documented as original to the car and the new 4:33:1 has yet to be fully tested for "top end" although it has been "calibrated" to 105 MPH by the Ohio State Highway Patrol with quite a bit of pedal left before testing was terminated via "blue light special". Neatest thing about the OSHP that stopped me was he walked around the car twice...told me "here's the deal...pop the bonnet (he really said "bonnet") and show me that you have bastardized this car with a V-6 or a V-8 and I'm writing you up for 105MPH. Show me a 4 cylinder MG engine and I will shake your hand....I could never get my TD over 80 downhill".....we talked "MGjoyment" for about 10/15 minutes. A very cool "bear"! Presently in hibernation due to salty cold roads. More "testing" will be required this spring and will add to the documented 45K miles on the clock."


William Olsen of Highlands, New Jersey has submitted this 1986 Jaguar XJ6 which he calls "Jeeves". As he describes "I found this cat in a run down, dirty used car dealer in Asbury Park,  NJ. To put it right I have spent 4000 USD (so far). It rides like a dream!"

 

 

 


 

This car comes from Harry Watkin in Huntersville NC - a 1961 Alvis TD21 just purchased out of 15 years of storage. As Harry describes he "replaced the exhaust system, put on new tires, changed the oil and transmission fluid, etc., then drove it 500 miles from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Kept up with traffic very nicely - in fact blew right by a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria at about 70 MPH!". A fabulous car! Click the photo to see more of it.

 

 

 


 

From Ian Harding of St. Lambert, Quebec comes a 1949 Riley RMC equipped with a 2.5 litre 100 h.p. 4 cylinder motor, a fold down windshield and 185X16 radial tires to replace the original 6.00X16's. Ian purchased the car in April of 2001 from the wife of the previous owner who had died. They had stored the car under partial restoration since 1968. Fortunately he had boxed all the bits and pieces so almost nothing was missing - just rusted and bent! Ian disassembled the car completely, sandblasted the frame and related parts then painted it with two coats of P.O.R 15 and finished with one coat of chassis coat. The body was re-installed and painted burgundy and black. All the components were re-installed including new upholstery and top so the car is now 95% complete. Ian says it runs and drives great! The lucky driver in the picture is Ian's son Paul.

 


 

 

Ron McLeod of Oakville, Ontario sends in his head turning 1970 Marcos Mantis.  As Ron describes "I have owned the car since new - purchased it in England in late 1970. Brought the car with me when I returned to Canada in 1971. For 15 years it was my only transportation, and so suffered the indignities of Montreal and Toronto winters. It sat partially disassembled for 10 years until I had a ground-up restoration done in 1993-95. Of course, I now use it only on sunny summer weekends."

 

 

 



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    Thanks to Andy Roberts, the Chairman of the Triumph 2000 / 2500 / 2.5 Register based in England, for submitting these great photos of his 1968 Triumph 2000 saloon vintage racer. The shot on the left is the car at Lydden Hill being driven by co-owner Roddy Pratt. While the car looks very cool in this photo, it has unfortunately just spun off the track and is about to go backwards into a tire wall causing extensive damage. The photo on the right was taken at a circuit in South Wales 20 seconds after the start of the race. The yellow Lotus Cortina spun off the track from the front of the pack and then back on again straight into the path of Andy in his Triumph. If you look carefully you can see the steam from the Triumph's burst radiator. The windshield is from the front of the Cortina. Andy is rebuilding the 2000 using another body shell as this one is now about a foot shorter than it should be! 

 


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