MG DR2/PR5

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This is one of the more pop­u­lar ex­hibits at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum, al­though not so much is known about this car. It was con­ceived by Roy Axe – again – as a new and con­ven­tional sports car to sell in the USA. It was styled by his de­sign house DRA, and was penned de­lib­er­ately am­bigu­ously to work as both an Austin-Healey or a top-flight MG.

As it stands, the car looks ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful un­der the lights at the Gay­don mu­seum, and had Rover had the re­sources to put it to­gether, would have been a very sat­is­fy­ing re­place­ment for the MG RV8. Keen car spot­ters will eas­ily spot the TVR Tas­min in­te­rior, and that’s be­cause un­der­neath the DR2/PR5’s skin, lurks one of those cars, al­most un­mod­i­fied. Roy Axe re­called in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, A Life in Style that an ab­so­lutely im­mac­u­late TVR Tas­min was bought sec­ond­hand from an en­thu­si­ast, who would have been hor­rifed to learn the fate of his cher­ished pride and joy.

Had it been given the go ahead, the DR2/PR5 would have made pro­duc­tion in the early 1990s.

WHY WASN’T IT MADE?

An­other case of a great idea that didn’t get enough sup­port within se­nior man­age­ment to be con­sid­ered a se­ri­ous pro­duc­tion pos­si­bil­ity. Al­though it looked good and like the RV8 could have been put into pro­duc­tion for not a huge amount of money, it wasn’t con­sid­ered lu­cra­tive enough a propo­si­tion. Shame, as it would be a great clas­sic now.

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