EDITOR’S OPIN­ION

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Epic Battle -

Thanks, Nick. It’s good to see that in a 1960s vs ‘70s show­down, you’ve done the de­cent thing and favoured the older car. Of course, I’m go­ing to have to dis­agree.

I’ve driven my fair share of MGB GTs. I think they’re very pretty and can be made good to drive with lit­tle ef­fort. They are also a cinch to fi­fix, thanks to near-to­tal parts avail­abil­ity, and you’ll fifind a great se­lec­tion to buy at very lit­tle money – al­ways a good thing in to­day’s in­flfla­tion­ary mar­ket. But it’s that sheer ubiq­uity which counts against the MGB GT for me. I’d hate to turn up to a clas­sic car event and see rows upon rows of cars iden­ti­cal to mine – prob­a­bly a bad thing, given my car his­tory, but there you go.

The Tri­umph TR7 might be al­most as pop­u­lar and nearly as sim­ple to keep in fifine fet­tle, but there’s some­thing about its oh-so-1970s styling and en­gi­neer­ing that tugs my heart­strings. When I was grow­ing up, there was some­thing un­bear­ably ex­otic about a car with pop-up headlights, and I still think the TR7 is a fab­u­lous-look­ing car.

Would I choose one over an MGB GT? Yes. The Tri­umph TR7’s faster, han­dles bet­ter, looks sharper, and is rarer. It’s also cheaper, so an easy win. Keith Adams Editor

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