1980 MG BGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Buy it as a design classic, the car that BL couldn't kill, but don't expect great performance
Rust on top of petrol tank and front valence.
I replaced radiator before it corroded.
Fitted new carburettor heat shield as old one glowed red hot.
Overdrive was sluggish because car had only run 300 miles/year since 1992. Once used seriously it functioned properly.
Seat bases were hard and perished, once new ones were fitted it was possible to see over the top of the dash!
I think the exhaust note is sublime. Forget the radio or CD player, it will be difficult to hear properly anyway. Wind the window down, find a twisty road put your foot to the floor in 2nd and 3rd then travel back in time to 1962.
The design is one of the best ever. The TR7 that replaced it was a visual as well as an engineering disaster.
The handling is better than I expected after hearing about the problems with rubber bumper cars. After years of front wheel drive extra caution is necessary in the rain.
Taking all the purchase cost in one hit, it has cost 53 pence/mile. 14 of this for petrol plus additive. Good value for me anyway.
Be careful to get a good one so you enjoy the legend from behind the wheel rather than under the bonnet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th December, 2002