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Xracer
01-03-2005, 12:05 PM
OK guys & gals.....winner gets one ton of rust with which to build their own British car! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Name all of the production British cars that came equipped with American engines.

sammyb
01-03-2005, 12:54 PM
Allards, Bristol, AC (Cobra), Gordon-Keeble, Nash Healey, Nash/Hudson Metropolitan, Jensen, Sunbeam Tiger

And then all the cars that used the Buick-designed engine sold to Rover:
Triumph TR8, Morgan, Rover, Range Rover and Land Rover, MGV8

And do you count the Ford engines found in many British cars, even though they are Ford UK?

And then there are a ton of Italians and French w/ American engines, including Iso, Bizzarini, Facel Vega, DeTomaso

coldplugs
01-03-2005, 01:32 PM
I suppose quite a few Fords, starting with the Model T.

Some TVR's (Griffith etc).

Xracer
01-03-2005, 08:56 PM
Nice goin' guys........and there are more.

And.....nope. Only American Ford engines count.

sammyb
01-03-2005, 11:51 PM
I'll give it some more stream of conciousness thinking:
Okay -- Railton: Hudson engine.

And I guess there were Caddy-powered Panthers.

Of course there were a number of racing cars that were British with American engines, such as McLaren and Lister. We can't count the famous Stovebolt Special, since the Alta engine was removed for a Chevy much later in its life.

British made Ford engines appeared in many cars -- Dellow, Elva, Ginetta, Marcos (which later had the Rover V8)

78Z
01-04-2005, 12:31 PM
Allards came with a variety of American iron including Ford flat head V8 and Caddy V8s.

Xracer
01-04-2005, 01:26 PM
Sammyb....yep, the Railton was probably the first Brit/American production hybrid. Nice goin' on spotting the Rover V8 (former Buick/Oldsmobile/Pointiac) engine as being American. Nope on McLaren, Lister, Lotus 30, etc.....only production cars count. BTW, the Nash/Hudson Metropolitan doesn't count. That was an American car with a British engine, not a British car with an American engine....and here's a bit more trivia...in the late '50's, International (the truck company) made a small Bread Van powered by a detuned MGA 1600cc engine! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

78Z....yep, Allards came standard with either flathead Ford or Mercury engines but (later) had Caddy or Chrysler V8s as options.

You're doin' fine folks, but there are more out there.......

78Z
01-04-2005, 01:49 PM
didn't the Ford 2.0L "Pinto" engine power a variety of UK Fords? I believe later Cortinas had it as well as Sierras.

sammyb
01-04-2005, 03:29 PM
Technically, the Metropolitan was a British car, because it was assembled in England. And my brain wasn't working, since it of course used an Austin engine!

Later Listers were considered "production" and did use a variety of American engines. The early sports racers were not production, and used mostly Jaguar and Chevy engines.

And Allard J2s were also available with a Lincoln V12!

Steve
01-04-2005, 09:34 PM
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didn't the Ford 2.0L "Pinto" engine power a variety of UK Fords? I believe later Cortinas had it as well as Sierras.

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I had a Mk3 Cortina (1975, number plate JGO994N) with a 2-litre "Pinto" engine.

sunbeammadd
01-04-2005, 10:08 PM
How about the current model Rover V8/MG ZT 260 and the MG SV - all powered by Ford V8s. I'm not sure if the SV is actually in production yet so it may not count.

waltesefalcon
01-06-2005, 11:11 AM
I may have just completely missed it but I haven't seen anyone mention the Sunbeam Tiger. For shame gentlemen. And are we going to count the Cobra as a British car since it was marketed and sold as American?

Xracer
01-06-2005, 11:47 AM
Sammyb listed the Tiger in the first reply, Walter.

Boy, what a shoehorn job that was! I remember many years ago I had a friend that bought one shortly after they came out. I was absolutely amazed when he showed me the holes in the firewall you had to go thru to access the rear sparkplugs!

But.....that thing sure went like stink (in a straight line)! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Walter....I think we can count the Shelby Cobra....American engine, British chassis. And then, there's also the AC Cobra, which was actually built in Britain.

OK guys. There are more.....let's keep goin'!

sunbeammadd
01-06-2005, 10:45 PM
How about Ford GT40? They were put together in England as I recall.

aeronca65t
01-07-2005, 01:29 AM
Here's some semi-wild guesses:

Did some Vauxhalls come with Chevy engines?

How about the "Rover Sterling"? The Honda engine in that thing might have been U.S. built (I think most Honda engines are U.S. built nowadays).
(...and I wonder if any other American-built Japanese engines were exported for use in England?)

Simplex built from American kits and assembled in the UK (I think)

Willys-Overland engines used in British Crossleys.

Marcos (Chevy V-8 and Ford Duratech V-6).

It seems like they built Jeeps everywhere. Did they build them in the UK?

Xracer
01-08-2005, 12:22 PM
Yep Sunbeammadd....the road-going version of the GT-40 (aka Mark III) was built in England by Ford Advanced Vehicles and sold thru Ford dealers in the U.S. About 30 road cars were sold.

Aeronca....I don't think I'd consider Honda engines (even if they were built in the U.S.) as "American engines", since they were designed in Japan to power Japanese cars.

I don't think any Jeeps were ever built in the U.K.....Mokes, yeah, but not Jeeps. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Don't know about the others.

thegoodbeamer
01-08-2005, 01:26 PM
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Sammyb listed the Tiger in the first reply, Walter.

Boy, what a shoehorn job that was! I remember many years ago I had a friend that bought one shortly after they came out. I was absolutely amazed when he showed me the holes in the firewall you had to go thru to access the rear sparkplugs!

But.....that thing sure went like stink (in a straight line)! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif


Talk about shoehorns.Well the 351W in my Lister tiger clone is even more so.But man can it Go.

Xracer
01-09-2005, 01:27 PM
Well, I just found about a couple more that I never heard of before.....

The latest AutoWeek has an article about the British Ford Matford, a Ford V8-60 powered vehicle made just before WWII (1937-39), and the Ford Pilot Estate, a woodie wagon made just after WWII (1948-52), powered by the 221 cu. in. Flathead Ford V8.

Well, we've got Australia, Canada, and the U.S. posting here.....c'mon Brits, let's hear from you!

sunbeammadd
01-10-2005, 12:55 AM
I thought Matfords were French. I seem to recall it was something to do with Ford's French operation which wound up being bought by Simca.

Maybe they were built in both Britain and France?

dwbening
02-07-2005, 01:29 AM
I think you may be thinking of Matra. A French company bought by Simca.

dwbening
02-07-2005, 01:31 AM
Two versions of recent Jensen used Chrysler V-8s, the CV8 and the later Intercepter. In the 1930s Jensens made some cars with Ford V-8s.