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Very few cars get prettier with age, except the DB7, Jag XJ* and XK  to name a few.

However this is one of the cars which belongs in the other category, were a car starts off beautiful and ends up ungainly, fat and well… almost ugly.
The Alfa Spider, was made between 1966 and 1993, however the ‘proper’ boat-tail style of Spider, was only in production for three years.

The series 1 looked like this, (The wheels aren’t original)

The series 4 ended like this,

 

 

I honestly don’t know what Alfa were thinking.

Over the years they added safety bumpers, side skirts and bigger alloys to try and keep the car looking fresh.  But the biggest mistake is the Kamm-tail, ok yes you had a bigger boot… but it’s a sportscar. The Duetto wasn’t the fastest car in the world but it had the looks. So you got more storage space, but does it really matter, when you compromise everything else?

The kamm-tail is one of the worst things to ever happen to car design, even Chris Bangle was less of a disaster.

This is a series 3.

 

*XJ40 isn’t great.
Series 1 pictures front  rear

The rest of the pictures are from Wikipedia

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MGB

It would have been cliche of me, to have started this topic with either an E-type or a DB5. That is why I have chosen an MGB.

The MGB is a personal favourite of mine. I fell in love with an Orange GT a few years back.
They were made between 1962-1980.
A word of warning, DO NOT BUY a 1975-6 model, as this is when British Leyland had problems, with the steel strikes. Subsequently they were made out of cheap imported steel. Essentially this was like making the cars out of tin and old yogurt pots… they rusted instantly.

A better reason to avoid  the 1974 onwards cars,  is because it’s the hideous rubber bumper model.

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I prefer the GT, which is the coupe version. Which also means you don’t have to worry about a leaky roof.

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Having said that, yes a British sports car should be a convertible, but whether it’s the coupe or the convertible, to be honest you can’t get a classic useable car cheaper and the engines and running gear are bulletproof.
The swansong for he MGB was the V8, available in GT variant only.  It looked exactly the same as the GT. Which was obviously powered by the Rover V8. As the block was made out of aluminium, unlike the B-Series engine which was steel.  This made the car lighter than it’s 4 cylinder counterpart.

Amazingly the MGB was still essentially in production well into the 90’s as the RV8. This was a modernised MGB V8, but this time as a roadster only.

Of the number made, most were British racing green, with a few blue and red ones. A majority were exported mainly to Japan, the only real difference is that the Japanese spec has air conditioning. Because of stringent Japanese laws, most of the cars are now being re-imported back into the UK.

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Red MGB courtesy of link.

Rubber bumper one courtesy of link.

Orange GT courtesy of link.

RV8 courtesy of link.

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