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Subject: wishlist, MkII
From: (Will Zehring)
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 08:02:00 -0500
Fellow fiends:

I read the following in the 12/18/95 issue of AutoWeek 
(therefore, it *must* be true, right?) in their small section on vintage 
cars and related topics:


'B' good for Santa

If you are looking for the best sub-$10,000 collectible vintage sports car 
to ask Santa to put under the tree, it has to be a '63 to '74 MGB roadster.  
While prices of new two seaters continue to climb, with Miatas crossing the 
$20,000 threshold and the new BMW surpassing $30,000, near-prefect MGBs can 
still be found in the VISA gold-card price range.

Introduced as a replacement for the curvacious but archaic MGA, the 'B' 
boasted such refinements as a usable trunk, a good heater, and much to the 
dismay of MG fanatics, roll-up windows.

The 1800 cc four-cylander is capable of propelling the MGB with 0-60 mph 
times of 12 seconds.  The optional Laycock de Normanville electric overdrive 
is highly desireable, since it makes freeway cruising a breeze rather than 
an engine-buzzing, mind-numbing nightmare.

The best MGBs are late '64 through '67 models, with uprated five-main 
bearing engines.  Wire wheels are a plus, as are the correct leather facings 
on the seats rather than aftermarket vinyl covers.  Don't buy a rusty car, 
or one that needs restoration.  Get Santa to plunk down the $7,500 to $9,000 
necessary to buy a first rate example, and you'll be going to vintage events 
in style in 1996."

Don't say Denise didn't tell you so!  You remember what happened to E-type 
prices...  well, you ain't seen nothing yet.  Just don't buy a rusty one, 
and don't mess with the restoration process.  

Will "freeway cruising?" Zehring

p.s. AutoWeek is what's mind-numbing, I should think.

p.p.s.  Attn race fans: my local Detroit NPR station reports that CART has 
voted for to approve a race at the Michigan Intl. Speedway on Memorial Day 

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