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Re: Portland, OR MGs

To: Max Heim <>
Subject: Re: Portland, OR MGs
From: Tab Julius <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 21:02:39
I got my 78B from a former-lister who lived in the Portland/Vancouver area.
 The price was generally quite good - car is totally rust free (priceless
where I live) - though I just dealt with the tie rod and have to deal with
the front bushings and maybe kingpin, to be expected on a 20 year old car.
Some other minor things but nothing earth shattering.  Even with cost of
transportation it was same price as cars loaded with rust in this area (New
Hampshire).  And my impression is that other cars in the area are similar.

- Tab

At 04:41 PM 12/27/99 -0800, Max Heim wrote:
>I was visiting in Portland, Oregon over Christmas and I noticed several 
>nice-sounding MGB-GTs in the local Auto Trader magazine, including an 
>MGC-GT with OD. My father tells me that Portland has some of the lowest 
>used car prices in the country; and despite its soggy reputation, rust 
>isn't that much of a problem since it seldom snows and they don't use 
>salt. There has always been a fair amount of British car activity in the 
>NW -- all my early LBC encounters were in Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis.
>Anyway, I haven't noticed any listers from Portland, but it occurs to me 
>it might be a good source of cars for west coasters, particularly 
>northern Californios and Seattlites.
>If there are any webfoot lurkers, I apologize if I'm giving away any 
>secrets. My father also related an anecdote about an unnamed foreign car 
>dealer of his acquaintance who was stripping and crushing GTs "because 
>there was no market for them". On returning from a trip to England, my 
>father told the fellow he should start shipping them across the water, 
>where Bs are much more highly valued overall, and GTs frequently sell for 
>more than roadsters. So, you could look at it as a service to the marque, 
>to save Portland's GTs from exportation or the crusher...  : )
>Max Heim
>'66 MGB GHN3L76149
>If you're near Mountain View, CA,
>it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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