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A Conversion Guide to British Auto Terminology

Posted March 19, 2014 8:01 AM by dstrohl

The British automotive industry isn't what it used to be, but thanks to the enduring charm of its products, British sports cars continue to enjoy a well-deserved following on this side of the Atlantic. After a few Saturdays spent turning spanners (sorry, wrenches) on the Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car / Good News Garage MGB, and at the request of reader Scotty G., we've compiled this helpful translation guide to British car terminology. While many readers will be familiar with these terms, those raised on a steady diet of American, Japanese, German, or Italian cars may scratch their heads when terms like "nave plate" and "quarterlight" are thrown about. Memorize the following terms, and you're sure to be embraced by your local British car club, regardless of which side of the Atlantic your car comes from.

See the glossary on Hemmings.

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03/20/2014 2:53 AM

The British never made a decent car...it must have something to do with the weather...

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03/22/2014 4:25 PM

What utter bollocks! Jaguar, Aston Martin, Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lagonda, Riley, M.G., Austin Healey, Lotus, Jensen, McLaren ...... None any good eh? What's your idea of a decent car - a Ford Edsel?

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03/22/2014 8:50 PM

Affordable, dependable, decent power and handling, nice fit and finish, good resale value...not a very high bar....Which of those listed would you say qualifies?

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