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nberggreen
03-31-2007, 05:04 PM
Well there are a few decent specimens of both in my area and I'm having a hard time deciding which to buy.

What would you recommend? Why?

Basil
03-31-2007, 05:24 PM
They are both great cars and I'm sure you will get as many opinions as Carter has liver pills. The MGB seems to me to be a bit better build quality and a bit more "refined" (I own a 78 Spitfire by the way). The Spitfire is a very cool looking and very fun to drive little car and I love the way the entire bonnet lifts open, much like the Jag EType.

I guess if I were you I'd look at them both, drive them both if possible, then consider the condition and price of each. The B probably worth a bit more, so I'd take that into account also. It will ultimately come down to which one grabs you the most upon closer inspection and which seems the better value considering price and condition.

That probably didn't help much, but I tried to stay objective, not just say "oh, buy the Spitefire: simply because I happen to own one.

Basil

Grantura_MKI
03-31-2007, 06:05 PM
I'll take the B, if it's a pre rubber bumper. Reasons...classic styling, ease of finding spares and tonnes of high preformace bits around. I have worked on both, and can only say that removing the tranmission for clutch sevicing, etc. if far easier on the Spit. The B will bring more $$'s if you choose to ever sale, and there is a larger following of people that love B's. I have had my B for nearly 30 years.
Just my 2 cents, enjoy your week-end, David.

Basil
03-31-2007, 06:12 PM
All things being equal I'd probably agree, but for example, if the B is in bad shape for a lot of $$ and the Spit were in great shape for a lot less $$, well, then I think the Spit might win out if it were me.

Grantura_MKI
03-31-2007, 06:22 PM
You are right, Basil. I do know of a very nice Spit for sale near me. If you have any interest, please send me a private mail and I will provide his contact information.
Cheers, David.

Basil
03-31-2007, 07:46 PM
You are right, Basil. I do know of a very nice Spit for sale near me. If you have any interest, please send me a private mail and I will provide his contact information.
Cheers, David.

I already own a very nice Spitfire, but he could put it in our classifieds.

Grantura_MKI
03-31-2007, 08:45 PM
I will mention it to the owner.
Cheers, David.

Steve_S
03-31-2007, 11:00 PM
I am of course biased, but I think the MGB is a far more solid car. If you need help inspecting a car feel free to let me know. If you decide on a Spitfire, I know where one is for sale in project condition.

Darwin
04-01-2007, 02:04 AM
If I recall correctly the B is a unibody car. If there is any rust in the body it is going to be very expensive to repair. The spitfire has a good solid frame under it so the body, for the most part is supported by other steel. The sills need to be in good shape though as they provide rigidity.

I know almost everything today is made with unibody but I'll take a solid frame under me any day. 'Sides that the spitfire is a heck of a lot more fun to drive IMHO. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

14dna
04-01-2007, 10:07 AM
There is justification for both of these cars. I have owned one of each and liked either one. The Spitfire was a lot of fun around town, while the "B" is easier on the highway.Both have weaknesses but have appeal as well. You must like what you drive so test each. The one you want will stand out very shortly. Having said all this, a spit with gobs of horsepower would make this old heart run a few beats faster.
Also, welcome to the best car forum on the net. people here are friendly and always willing to give advice, as well as help in any way they can. Buy a car, post lots of pictures, talk lots, and enjoy life.
Dave

Steve_S
04-01-2007, 10:14 AM
Darwin is correct about the rust issue. However a unibody car such as the MGB is far more rigid than it's old-fashioned "frame and body" counterpart. Weight is also typically reduced. But as pointed out above, carefully inspect any unibody car for rust as this is your worst enemy.

Basil
04-01-2007, 10:44 AM
Agree with Steve! I have seen many a person buy a Jag Etype for which on cursory inspection they seemed relatively rust-free, only to find out later that the car had serious cancer eating away in certain places.

nberggreen
04-01-2007, 06:36 PM
Steve_S, That would be great! I PM'd you.

Steve_S
04-01-2007, 08:50 PM
I don't have any new PMs. Try again?

Also, if you find yourself an hour south, feel free to stop by and get a 101 on MG shopping.

nberggreen
04-01-2007, 09:42 PM
Ok, I sent you a PM. If you could PM me details about that spitfire you mentioned, that would be great. =)