It's a sad state of affairs, but you know that if the marketing types at Big
Motor Works figure out they can move an extra 20,000 cars by using one of
the "classic" sports car names....
How's this as an idea: the US clubs (maybe with VTR support (hint hint
Andy)) make a pre-emptive strike and drop BMW a note letting them know how
ill recieved the idea would be and maybe suggest that such a move would
cause all the "classic" owners in the US to shy away from new BMWs.
What would the feeling be from the group if what's left of the Rover group
in the UK built a new model and badged with the Triumph name? If it were
truly an unique car (not shared with any others) would that be a bit easier
to swallow? If so, that could be part of the communication to B&W
Just my thoughts.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jonmac [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 1998 2:18 AM
> To: Triumphs List
> Subject: Re-emergence of Triumph and Austin Healey names
> I'd appreciate your views. As many of you may have seen over the last 24
> or so hours, there's been some speculation on the British Cars list on the
> revival of Austin Healey and possibly Triumph.
> It appears from the extensive rumour that this(these) cars might well be
> badge engineered cars which are essentially BMW's to be built (?) at
> Marque loyalties apart, does anyone have a view to either of these
> illustrious British sports car names appearing on a car which in all
> truth is German in its origin.
> I know I do. I'd rather their names were left as a memory rather than
> adorn a vehicle which is essentially a damned Hun! It's as bad as
> building a replica Messerschmitt and called it a new world Spitfire.
> Sorry - but that's the way I feel and if Doctor Hassellkuss or Berndt
> Pischetsrieder read this view, I guess I'll find my employment at
> HMC a thing of the past. Giving up Rolls Royce to BMW was bad enough
> but putting a British name on a German car beggars belief. Anyone got a
> rope and a high beam. I might need it!
> John Mac