I talked about the David Lee resto-mod of the 246 Dino a little while ago, and either I’ve been asleep or there’s a growing movement afoot to taking old, gorgeous cars of dubious reliability and either restoring them with modernizations (David Lee) or building new models from scratch (usually at ruinous cost) from companies like Eagle GB (with their E-Types), and now, Frontline Developments with the venerable and exquisite MGB (compared to the original here).
And just like the gorgeous Eagle E-Type, the FD-built MGB is a sight for sore eyes:
…and yeah, the LE50 looks exactly like the old MGB GT — but whereas the old MGB used a 1800cc engine which produced 96hp and had a top speed of 95mph (downhill with a tailwind, half of that uphill), the LE50 has a tweaked Mazda 2-liter engine which kicks out 138hp and propels the lightweight LE50 up to 160mph(!!!!). Oh, and the LE50 has banished Lucas / Smith Electrical to the fires of automotive hell, which means it will start every time, and that using either headlights or windshield wipers (but not both) is no longer a feature. (Here’s the AutoMag review.)
Kim wants. So too does New Wife — because she used to own one of the old MGBs back in the mid-1970s, when she was still a glamorous young socialite.
And at about $85,000, the LE50’s purchase will need considerable assistance from
my retirement plan a winning lottery ticket… [sigh]
Oh, and one last thing: on some forum or other, a twerp questioned whether anyone would pick the new MGB over a Porsche Cayman (at about the same price, but with vastly better performance). I can think of at least two people who would, and they live at the same address. In this house (and, come to think of it, at this blog too), class will always trump flash.