My collection... 1100, Magnette Mk III, Arnolt

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Winstrol
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My collection... 1100, Magnette Mk III, Arnolt

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Hi, apparently I was supposed to post some messages before selling stuff so... here’s some of my fleet that qualify as “ADO16 & Other Interesting”

This MG 1100 was a $300 wreck. It was my first DIY paint job, which turned out so bad it became my second DIY paint job as well. Had to make the seats because nobody does a kit. Bought a used walking foot sewing machine and had at it!
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When I was 17, in 1994, I bought this Magnette Mk III for $1700 and drove it ti high school and work. $1700 was so much money when I was make $4.25/hr bagging groceries. It was so good to me. Right now it’s apart for all over paint job.
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Finally, my most recent MG, 53 Arnolt TD. These were MG TD running chassis that were sent to Bertone for body and interior, then sold out of Chicago by S.H. Arnolt MG dealership. They made about 60 coupes and 30 convertibles.

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Nice collection.

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I also spy a Series 3 Jaguar and a Cadillac Sixty Special. 8-)

Those Farina Magnettes were terrible things really. The original Z Magnette was a vastly superior car, proper Nuffield engineering before Austin ruined everything.

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Oh the Magnette isn’t terrible! I have a ZB too and the Farina is much roomier, has a big trunk... it’s just a family sedan you can’t expect too much of it. It’s a looker too! The Cambridge Oxford Owners Club is very helpful and the BMC farinas have simply gone through the roof price wise in the UK. In the USA... eh. Still completely anonymous. But I want one of every MG ever and it’s an MG.

Yes there’s a Jaguar Series III XJ12 Vanden Plas Canadian spec (and big pile of XJSs, which rotate in and out of daily dr8ver status as they break). The Cadillac is a 1990 Fleetwood. My grandparents bought it in 1989, and Grandma kept it until the end. 61,000 miles and absolutely mint. Little old lady drove it on Sundays. When she passed away nobody had the heart to sell it, so it’s now barn filler at my place. I gave it to my nephew last year. He’s nine years old and very proud to own a Cadillac.

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Nice collection of old British cars , By the way the 1100 engine you selling is a MG 1100 with engine No staring with 10GR TA H ****** .

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Fleetwood? The posh version of the 60S, FWD iirc? I like the 1970 Eldorado with the 8.2 V8 and FWD, what a monster.

The Magnette III had a hard time here when new - you can read the veiled insults in the road tests that were so polite compared to today. The Z had a following from the moment the last one was built. It was one of BMC's many huge mistakes, replacing a well loved sports saloon with the A55 based version. BMC gave away a profitable market for Ford to move straight into with the Cortina GT etc.

I love 1100's and the two door MG was a model the UK should have had from the beginning. It should have been a huge hit in the USA but only with the 70 bhp 1275. Instead.........the Austin America. BMC really had no idea! :lol:

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Costafortune wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:02 pm
Fleetwood? The posh version of the 60S, FWD iirc? I like the 1970 Eldorado with the 8.2 V8 and FWD, what a monster.

The Magnette III had a hard time here when new - you can read the veiled insults in the road tests that were so polite compared to today. The Z had a following from the moment the last one was built. It was one of BMC's many huge mistakes, replacing a well loved sports saloon with the A55 based version. BMC gave away a profitable market for Ford to move straight into with the Cortina GT etc.

XJ-S's are rubbish. I had three. :lol: Never ending problems but they're so worth it. I had a mint 1976 5.3 with the four speed manual. The Jaguar V12 is wasted behind a THM400. A manual conversion is imperative. These days you can use a Supra 5 speed box.

I love 1100's and the two door MG was a model the UK should have had from the beginning. It should have been a huge hit in the USA but only with the 70 bhp 1275. Instead.........the Austin America. BMC really had no idea! :lol:

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A lovely collection you have indeed, nice to see another big farina fan on here.

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The Arnolt-MG is a pretty rare car and in my mind far better looking than the Arnolt-Bristol that "Wacky" was more known for. Must have been an interesting time to be a car dealer in Chicago!

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That MG Arnolt is a thing of beauty. Very reminiscent of an Alvis.
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