Todd Mullins wrote:
> Barry Berg writes:
> > ... [clip] ...
> Where exactly did you get your figures? To the best of my recollection,
> the 18G was rated somewhere around 98 hp, though the 68 hp of the latest
In 1966 the MG-B weighed a little more than the Sunbeam Alpine
I had. My Alpine weighed in at about 2200 lbs. As I recall
the B had a weight gain the previous year which would have put
the first models out in the 2000 pund range. Mostly it was
recollection driving the figures. The horsepower figures
were just over 100, and the number 103 sticks in my head.
> cars sounds about right. But I really can't believe that the car was
> a) quite that light in 1962, and
> b) nearly that heavy in 1980.
> Fifteenhundredpounds is a HUGE weight gain! Are you embellishing a
> bit? Or might you have meant to type 2500 instead?
My 78 B topin in at 3200 on the title card, and I was told by someone
locally who has one that the 1980 version with the slick wheels and
full trim came in at about 3500. I may be even off a hundred or
so, and won't quibble with that. The point is that there was a
substantial weight gain due to federalizing the cars, and a loss
in horsepower because they didn't change a thing, they just stuck
more smog junque on the car -- thus robbing more and more horsepower.
The question to answer is given 68 Bhp, how can you get
100 Bhp. (Here's a little hint ... You don't have to
bore the engine, or stroke it.)
When your car is in the air, the accelerator doesn't work!
The brakes don't work! The steering doesn't work!...Nothing works!!!
To which Bob Benson Replied: "Gravity Does. :-)"
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