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Old 08-30-2011, 05:44 PM
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I always wanted an MG T series car, but missed my chance to buy one cheap ($500) in 1970. Now I'm an old, obese fart, and still over 6 feet tall, and am starting to look at replicas of the MG, 1929 Benz, and the occasional Jag with similar lines. I doubt I'd fit in the MG, and I also don't want a rear-engine VW drive train. Any car guys out there with suggestions/advice/comments on my senior crisis? As soon as I sell the house in Rock Hall (could be a couple of years away, of course) I'm aiming for one of these cars. They aren't particularly expensive, but they sure are beautiful.
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Not to offend anyone that has a replica but I personally would hate having to have the same conversation over and over again that it's not the REAL thing. People ask. Otherwise, if you're OK with that then I would say do it.

Just a personal thing with me.
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I'm gonna build the AC Cobra. I don't care that it's not real, I will have built it. Just like everything else in my life Plus my AC will be faster than the original.

Also, if you have a real one...you still get the same questions.
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I have two friends who built their own Cobras. Very fun and if done right, very reliable.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:14 PM
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Factory 5 makes some very nice replica car...




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I like this F5

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My wife graduated from LSU. Says it's too hot down there and the bugs are too big. But she stayed 5 years!
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
I always wanted an MG T series car, but missed my chance to buy one cheap ($500) in 1970. Now I'm an old, obese fart, and still over 6 feet tall, and am starting to look at replicas of the MG, 1929 Benz, and the occasional Jag with similar lines. I doubt I'd fit in the MG, and I also don't want a rear-engine VW drive train. Any car guys out there with suggestions/advice/comments on my senior crisis? As soon as I sell the house in Rock Hall (could be a couple of years away, of course) I'm aiming for one of these cars. They aren't particularly expensive, but they sure are beautiful.
Would you consider a 1974 Triumph TR-6?
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I kind of like the retro replicas like the Sebring. Not the Chrysler one, the one that is a knock off of the Austin Healey 3000 with V8 power.

I prefer the ones that are based off of a classic design but don't try and imitate the original.
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Would you consider a 1974 Triumph TR-6?
Do you think I could fit my fat ass and long legs into it?
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Do you think I could fit my fat ass and long legs into it?
I'm 6'2 and 220. I had a 74 until about 5 years I fit great. My neighbor might be selling his. Its mint with factory air and 5 speed overdrive. I can find out for sure if your interested and his price.

What ever you buy MG or Triumph make sure you have someone who knows British cars who can work on it. They are all prone to electrical issues.
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Who cares if the guy next to you at 7-11 asks if it's real.
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The tube framed cobra replicas can be seriously nice and capable cars. Rep benzes with vw motors are nothing of the sort and not worth your time or money....imo.

Consider total cost of ownership when buying a 'replica' particularly one that doesn't function like the real thing.

Great website for neat old cars is www.bringatrailer.com Tons of neat stuff posted on there. MGA is my favorite of the brand.
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Here's mine. 550hp on pump gas. Lighter, faster, stops better and handles better than original. Would it be nice to drop a million on an original, sure. Would you want to drive it as much as I drive this?



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Originally Posted by The Revenge View Post
Here's mine. 550hp on pump gas. Lighter, faster, stops better and handles better than original. Would it be nice to drop a million on an original, sure. Would you want to drive it as much as I drive this?




I rode in one that looked just like yours last year. His car was insane!!
He'd hit the gas and you're just slammed back into the seats. Handled like a slot car, too!
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Factory 5 makes some very nice replica car...




What's the ballpark price for one of these kits?
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Originally Posted by blindmullet View Post
I'm gonna build the AC Cobra. I don't care that it's not real, I will have built it. Just like everything else in my life Plus my AC will be faster than the original.

Also, if you have a real one...you still get the same questions.
I used to work with Phil Remmington, the man who built the cobras for Shelby and he said the replica's are far better cars then the originals.
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I'll never forget getting posted at the start line for an autocross that the local cobra guys showed up for. Standing 3' away from a blown big block cobra with the fattest tires you can imagine when it launches is just damned cool. all were reps i'm sure but every bit as cool!
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What's the ballpark price for one of these kits?
http://www.factoryfive.com/
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What's the ballpark price for one of these kits?

One of the founders of Factory Five is a boat nut too...
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