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RE: New MG Sports Car to be unvailed next week

To: "'Paul Root'" <>, "'David Breneman'"
Subject: RE: New MG Sports Car to be unvailed next week
From: "Lew Palmer" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 13:59:13 -0500
Paul's right on with the below message. Qvale Automotive was started by
Kjell Qvale (pronounced Chell Kuh-vah'-lee) back in the 1940s as an
imported and distributor for MGs on the west coast. The business is now
run by Kjell's son Bruce. They import and sell a variety of British and
other foreign exotics.

As for real MGs not being made in Abingdon:

Does that eliminate Old Number One and everything prior to 1929? (all
made in Oxford)

Does that eliminate the front-wheeled drive cars of the 80's, and the
current MGF, ZR, ZS, ZT, ZTT, etc? (Longbridge)

Lew Palmer

> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 12:50 PM
> To: David Breneman
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> Subject: Re: New MG Sports Car to be unvailed next week
> Qvale is an importer of historical note. He's based in San Francisco.
> He got in a deal with deTomas (I think) to make the Mangusta, a
> semi-exotic, a few years back.
> They had failing out about a 1 1/2 ago, and Qvale tried to go it
> MG Rover bought him out a little over a year ago. And made a show
> car, the X80, a designed over Mangusta. It wasn't well received,
> wise.
> The engine, I believe, is/was the Ford modular V8 from the Mustang.
> Front engine, rwd, etc., etc. There are pictures all over the net.
> Paul.
> David Breneman wrote:
> > Telewest SEZ -
> >
> >>Previous writer said -
> >>>From what I have read some of the design issues that led to its
> mixed
> >>reception when announced some time ago were caused by having to
> >>sufficient Mangusta engineering to keep its accreditation for the
> So
> >>presumably 'Yes'.
> >>
> >>But it's not a *real* MG ...
> >
> >
> > So for the benefit of those of us who don't closely follow the
> > British automotive industry as a whole, what is Qvale, a brand
> > made by Rover?
> >
> > Of course, we all know that if it's not made in Abingdon, it's
> > not a real MG.  :-)
> >
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