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drooartz
09-22-2006, 04:11 PM
Okay, I've got a strange obsession with RHD cars. Can't explain it, just is. Now, as I'm considering my LBC plans for the winter (and, I admit, thinking that a larger/faster car may be in order) I'm wondering if I should pursue this attraction. Should I be on the lookout for a RHD car?

Is this just another sign that I'm a bit odd? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Sherlock
09-22-2006, 05:13 PM
Nothing wrong with that...

One the active members of our local sports car club has an early non-bug-eye Sprite in RHD, I even remember seeing a RHD Triumph Spitfire a few years ago in Ontario, both cars are readily available in LHD but for whatever reason...

tony barnhill
09-22-2006, 06:18 PM
I've collected up all the parts & pieces to convert my '63 MGB to RHD!

sideache
09-22-2006, 06:38 PM
My Bugeye is undergoing a full resto right now and I have thought about switching it to RHD.

drooartz
09-22-2006, 06:48 PM
Strangely enough, for me, the car would have to have been originally RHD. Even though a Bugeye, for instance, already has all the fittings to convert it, it just wouldn't be the same (for me). Can't explain it.

Almost bought a '65 RHD midget when I bought the TR4 last year. In hindsight, I should have.

DART
09-22-2006, 07:24 PM
My only observation is that SWMBO lasted for about 5 minutes sitting next to the center stripe and said a loud NO to my thought of buying a jag/daimler V8 250.
FWIW

tony barnhill
09-22-2006, 07:39 PM
Well, after sitting in the Daimler I recently bought & putting my hand on the ground over the edge of the door, I can understand why! That sucker redefines "low".

R6MGS
09-22-2006, 07:57 PM
My TC is RHD...I've never driven it though, but I will soon enough...I think it might be a little weird though, especially making left turns at busy intersections.

R6MGS
09-22-2006, 08:03 PM
BTW: Sherlock, thats an interesting sig pic....Where was that taken?

Keoke
09-22-2006, 08:08 PM
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My only observation is that SWMBO lasted for about 5 minutes sitting next to the center stripe and said a loud NO to my thought of buying a jag/daimler V8 250.
FWIW

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Well Dart, you just might buy a Jag MK11 and switch one them engines out of the tupperware cars in and.---Bob's Your Uncle---Keoke /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Sherlock
09-22-2006, 08:30 PM
@R6MGS

That photo? Just spotted the E-Type on a local driveway, I liked the angle the car was parked in the driveway, and the whole scene... Here's the permanent link to the photo as I change that signature photo out fairly often... http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherlock77/241486388/

@DART

I have once see a LHD Daimler V8 250 sedan, I believe it was one of the last ones with the different style bumpers, I do imagine that it was quite a rare car (at least the fact that it was LHD)

swift6
09-22-2006, 09:16 PM
I know of a Daimler(Jag MkII body style) Sedan with the 2.5V8 that could be for sale soon.

R6MGS
09-22-2006, 09:43 PM
I'd be at that Etypes door faster than Orprah on a bucket of chicken. I had a hardtop exactly like that on my Etype. Have you got an address or street name? I have a whole lot of contacts in Calagary since we moved our headoffices out there....I doubt the owner would want to part with it, but it's worth a shot.

sammyb
09-22-2006, 09:53 PM
Nothing wrong with wanting a RHD car. Interestingly enough, the first RHD car I drove was a very early Lotus Elan 1600. The car seemed way too easy to drive for my first try on the wrong side of the car. The hardest part was that the shift pattern was still exactly like the LHD car -- so on the right, first was away from the driver.

I like RHD. It always makes a car look classier when on American streets.

drooartz
09-22-2006, 10:34 PM
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I like RHD. It always makes a car look classier when on American streets.

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There's just something about it--different, I guess. Seems to fit the character of a British car. Sometimes I think I just like to be contrary. Might have to think more about this...

Keoke
09-22-2006, 11:15 PM
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Yep, there is something different about it. For example, how do you see when it is safe to pass when you are stuck behind a big semi on a busy carriage way??. Traveling safely on the LH drive roads in a RH drive car requires a navigator.----Keoke- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif

Steve_S
09-22-2006, 11:17 PM
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Strangely enough, for me, the car would have to have been originally RHD. Even though a Bugeye, for instance, already has all the fittings to convert it, it just wouldn't be the same (for me). Can't explain it.

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You don't have to explain, I know exactly how you feel.

I have five MGs and three of them, including my daily driver, are RHD. I actually prefer RHD cars most of the time.

For a list I made about RHD in the USA, go here:
http://www.mgnuts.com/mg/rhdcars

Keoke
09-22-2006, 11:40 PM
Yes Scherlock, there are some LH drive V8 Saloons. A couple of them are here in the US. However, they seem to be a rarity in Europe. They appear in both the early and late series cars. Some have,the metal sun roof which is a real rarity,while others have the webasto fitted. There does not seem to be but a handful of the V8 Saloons here in the US.--Keoke

Banjo
09-22-2006, 11:41 PM
I'v driven a couple of RHD cars. The one I drove the most was a classic Mini. I was surprised at how quickly everything felt "normal" to me. and being as that car was so small, it wasen't too bad on blind spots. Pulling out from a parking spot on the side of the road, passing, and drive throughs, are all a challange, but part of the fun of it (especially the drive through part)

Keoke
09-22-2006, 11:50 PM
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I know of a Daimler(Jag MkII body style) Sedan with the 2.5V8 that could be for sale soon.

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Wheah??--E-Mail me off list---Keoke

AngliaGT
09-23-2006, 12:29 AM
Think of the fun in a RHD car at the drive up window!
It also freaks people out that are following you.

- Doug

Baz
09-23-2006, 08:17 AM
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Think of the fun in a RHD car at the drive up window!


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All the DQ's in Springfield were designed by a Brit architect, the drive thru windows are on the opposite side! Needless to say, they're all abandoned now.

DART
09-23-2006, 01:29 PM
Like Keoke, I would like to know more. I lust after a Salon with fluted grill, can't get excited about the Vanden Plas series and so a LHD MkII -V8 250- is about the only choice. Email me if you would, please.

JamesWilson
09-23-2006, 02:26 PM
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For example, how do you see when it is safe to pass when you are stuck behind a big semi on a busy carriage way??. Traveling safely on the LH drive roads in a RH drive car requires a navigator.----Keoke- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif

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I driven a fair bit in a RHD car on the right on European roads and its not too bad. The strange thing is the first hour or so when I'm still getting used to having driven onto the Ferry on the left and off on the right.... Once past that I manage pretty well and a navigator isn't needed. While you might think you need a little more room to see, its not usually much of a problem- though the semi on a crowded road is a little problematical. My navigator hasn't much help in those situations, given her poor judgement of speed/distance/passing space etc.

Roger
09-23-2006, 03:25 PM
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My TC is RHD...I've never driven it though, but I will soon enough...I think it might be a little weird though, especially making left turns at busy intersections.

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I believe all TCs were RHD, weren't they?

Grantura_MKI
09-23-2006, 03:26 PM
R6MGS /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif
I have two...a 1963 pull handle MGB and a 1959 T.V.R. Grantura. They are both great fun to drive and not a bother on American roads as long as you stay away from fast food joints. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonono.gif

drooartz
09-23-2006, 04:15 PM
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great fun to drive and not a bother on American roads as long as you stay away from fast food joints. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonono.gif

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That's probably good advice anyways, lest one get too fat for their little car! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Warmed up today to 60 (it's been snowing here, and down in the 30s), so I took a little drive in the Tunebug. Definitely need more speed...

R6MGS
09-23-2006, 09:35 PM
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My TC is RHD...I've never driven it though, but I will soon enough...I think it might be a little weird though, especially making left turns at busy intersections.

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I believe all TCs were RHD, weren't they?

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True! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers.gif

Banjo
09-23-2006, 09:55 PM
My buddies solution with his RHD Mini at the drive through was simply to go through backwards! Of course he was a bit crazy anyway... When we drove his car to lunch, we always went through the drive through. I loved seeing the expression on the servers face when I took the food and there was no steering wheel in front of me...
I also liked to wave at people with both hands while we were driving around

AngliaGT
09-23-2006, 10:05 PM
I always thought that they'ed make great "High School Cars",as you could getan extra steering wheel,& hand it over to the "passenger" while driving down the street in traffic!
We had a Student Teacher in High School,who had a Purple 240Z "Fairlady" - RHD.
I thought it was cool!

- Doug

JamesWilson
09-24-2006, 07:06 AM
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I also liked to wave at people with both hands while we were driving around

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I find it really strange and a little disconcerting when I'm a passenger back in the US... I feel I should be doing the work, not just sitting there sight-seeing....

swift6
09-24-2006, 09:41 AM
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I find it really strange and a little disconcerting when I'm a passenger back in the US... I feel I should be doing the work, not just sitting there sight-seeing....

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Yeah, I feel the same way when I visit the UK. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

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