EPIC BAT­TLE MGB vs TR7 Nick Larkin an­swers the big ques­tion in a way only he can. MGB or TR7?

The Tri­umph TR& and MGB GT are both su­perb value and great to drive-but given the choice, which is the bet­ter buy? Nick Larkin de­cides in a clas­sic shootout

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - WORDS Nick Larkin PHO­TO­GRAPH Magic Car Pics

Driv­ing, savour­ing and analysing the fixed-head Tri­umph and late-model, rubber-bumpered MGB GT is a bit like spend­ing a day lis­ten­ing at­ten­tively to all those Doc­tor Hook and Cap­tain & Ten­nille sin­gles that didn’t storm the charts when new, and even to­day, don’t ex­actly pulse out of your car ra­dio. But give them a chance, ig­nore the dis­senters and they’re still very good.

Both cars are from iconic man­u­fac­tur­ers. The Tri­umph TR2-6 is held in deep es­teem and the older MGs, in­clud­ing chrome-bumpered Bs, are still revered by clas­sic fans. Yet while the con­vert­ible form of the Tri­umph TR7 is recog­nised as a highly de­sir­able and prac­ti­cal clas­sic, the more idio­syn­cratic fi­fi­fixed-head ver­sion of the TR7 is still over­looked by some.

There are more than enough clichés spouted about th­ese cars. It is gen­er­ally ac­knowl­edged that early, Speke-built Tri­umph TR7s weren’t the best qual­ity sports cars ever made, but that con­ve­niently for­gets the mas­sive qual­ity im­prove­ments made to later TR7s. In the same way, pub bores rub­bish the rubber-bumpered MGB in­tro­duced in 1974, usu­ally with­out ever hav­ing driven one. Such pop­py­cock spouted by the so-called purists means that, even to­day, ei­ther of th­ese cars can be bought for £3500 in good con­di­tion. And that’s fan­tas­tic news for clas­sic fans.

Hon­estly, both are great. But which would be most fun to take to the In­ter­na­tional MG and Tri­umph Spares Day at Stoneleigh this Sun­day (21 Fe­bru­ary)? Both will be rightly recog­nised there as card-car­ry­ing clas­sics, but which is the ab­so­lute king of the un­der­dogs?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.