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