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Which of These Four Sixties British Sports Cars Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?

Posted February 23, 2021 12:00 AM by dstrohl
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In our latest edition of This or That, we're taking a look back at the British invasion. Not the musical onslaught of the early-to-mid 1960s, but rather a sampling of open-top motoring icons created under the Union Jack that catered to drivers seeking a spirited ride across the countryside. The sports car market was in full stride during the Sixties - an era when turning your fun, two-seat commuter into a closed-course weekend racer, and sometimes back again, was not uncommon - and the number of two-seater roadster options were plentiful. Here are four notable examples, each of which is currently available in the Hemmings classifieds.

Which would you choose?

1963 TR-4 Convertible

1966 MG MGB

1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III

Jaguar E-type

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02/23/2021 6:42 PM

Clearly this is between the Jag and the Austin Healey...I would have to take both for an extended test drive before making a decision....

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02/24/2021 8:07 AM

I agree with you. They might as well have added a Yugo as the TR and MG. But it sure would be a tough choice between the 3000 and the XKE. I think I'd have to have SOMEONE ELSE flip a coin!

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02/23/2021 10:36 PM

Clearly the Healey. I had a '60 Mk I. It could outrun a 350 Corvette from a 20 mph roll.

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02/23/2021 11:06 PM

Definitely the Jaguar E-type. Swift of feet, goes well and forever.

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02/24/2021 5:39 AM

All nice vehicles, but the E-type was far ahead of any of the others, and more expensive, too. I met an engineer (he was selling me a no. 10 Meccano set) who, when the E-type production line closed, bought up all the spare parts, and then proceeded to construct 3 new E-types. There were some other very nice vehicles in his garage as well, not to mention the huge electric train layout in the attic. I wouldn't mind a second childhood like that.

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02/24/2021 5:40 AM

Having driven them all, there is no question that the E Type had the best combination of performance, handling and comfort. For me the shape was also a winner.

But, for all that, my own transport was a road-going ex-works racing TR2. Why? 'Cos as a lad I couldn't get better value!

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02/24/2021 12:33 PM

There appears to be a consensus that the Jag is the best of the 4. I really like the look of the Healy though.

I'd love the chance to drive all of them if in excellent condition. I had an opportunity to purchase a 1970 MGB and was not impressed with the car nor ready for a project. The MG owners club is pretty strong though. I wonder if you could say the same about the other makes?

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02/24/2021 3:43 PM

I had an MGB (had give it a 1000 mile checkup every night if I wanted it to run un thee AM; one office mate had the Healy, which I went for a thrillingly fast ride in and I test drove one in the winter. I was poised to buy one, but the heater sucked. My other office mate bought the XKE Jag and watched it being built. He loved it. Personally, I like the Healy.

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02/24/2021 6:47 PM

The Healey had a heater??? I never noticed it in my Mk 1.

Actually my girlfriend loved to go riding in the snow with the top down. We'd go find a big parking lot and do donuts and just slide all over the place. We had a blast in it.

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02/24/2021 4:30 PM

We could talk all day about the reliability of English iron. We could discuss the oil stain driveway of the Jaguar owner or the sudden need for a tow of the MG or the wonderful arcane magic that is an Austin Healy electrical system And Triumphs, well they are what they are. Two wheel or four wheel, Triumphs are in a class by themselves. The TR7.....

So putting all of that aside, on what are we making the decision then?

Why looks, legend, and pure refined driving pleasure.

aka personal preference.

In my mind there is no other option. The Jag. Definitely.

And who doesnt want a full acre of Hood (bonnet) covering 6 cylinders of mean out in front of them?

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02/24/2021 7:05 PM

I had a 1957 MGA.

Not fast,but really fun to drive.

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03/02/2021 9:09 AM

I wouldn't turn down any of them, but if I had to choose, probably the Jag.

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