M.G. MIDGET AND AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE £928 (incl. P.T.)
No change for these nearly-identical twins from Abingdon, which are still in big demand for the fun package they offer at a moderate price. Performance comes from a twin-carburettor version of the long-stroke 1275 c.c. engine still widely used in B.L.'s products, and a top speed of 95 m.p.h. combined with a 0-50 time of around 9 seconds shows these sports cars are pretty lively. Creature comforts are vastly different from the days of early sports cars, with wind-up windows, luxury seats and so on, but they still reward keen driving. Will even make the old 'uns feel young again.
M.G. MGB and GT
B: £1,271 (incl. P.T.)
GT: &1,414 (incl. P.T.)
Interior changes for these two highly popular sports cars this year, with a new dashboard and console, featuring a centre armrest and fresh-air ventilation. Mechanically, they soldier on unchanged—which means they have the lusty and reliable 1798 c.c. engine, with two S.U. carbs, and developing 95 b.h.p. A new hood was introduced for the open car last year, while both of them have a good standard of interior comfort. The GT has a small rear seat, adequate for young children, which makes this particular car attractive to sporting dads. Or, of course, sports men who aren't dads.