Your observation follows the trend that I stated. The side screen cars are
those that have already fallen into that category of cars that previously
would have been donors are being restored. Having spent that much money
restoring a rust bucket makes it very difficult for the proud owner to
subject the finished product to regular street use. As these cars get older,
they will eventually all fall into that category and we will all be
worse off for not being to see them on the streets with greater irregularity.
On the other hand, It seems to me that the Brits have a different slant on this
issue. My observation is that unlike most of us in the USA, they
prefer to drive their cars regardless of how much money it has taken to restore
them. This of course is a generalization and may not be applicable in
> That might be true overall, but it seems to me that the number of
> sidescreen cars in regular use is diminishing. Too many of them being
> restored to show condition, and then not being driven. 10-15 years ago
> it was not too uncommon to see one on the street. Now, outside of
> events and club meetings, I don't think I've seen another one on the
> street for several years !
> I do still occasionally see TR6 and Wedges though, so perhaps they are
> doing better.
> As a side note, I now get far fewer people asking "Is that an MG ?", and
> more simply asking "What is that ?" Even MGs are getting so scarce that
> people don't know what they are ! And, I'm running into more and more
> people at the auto parts counter that don't know Triumph ever made cars.
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