Classic Cabrio Comparison


As weekend tourers both cars will do a job for you and so your decision should be based on exactly how you would prefer your classic car experience to pan out. Handy with a set of spanners and keen to have a go, get stuck and make changes to the car then the MG is the car for you with excellent access to parts and panels. Simply want a car to drive and enjoy whilst leaving the oily bits to others then an up together Spider should fit into your life very nicely, particularly if you have a warm and dry place to keep it when not in use. Driving MGB – Great dynamics, although the ride can crash over bumps at times Alfa – A lot of fun and feeling every bit a classic despite its relative newness Engine MGB – 3528cc Rover V8 combines well with the 5 speed gearbox delivering both punchy acceleration and great cruising ability Alfa – 1962cc twin cam engine and 5 speed also work well together in the mid-range, although lack a few horses to be on a par with the MG’s V8. Brakes MGB – Discs up front and drums at the rear start to struggle when pushed Alfa – The all-round servo assisted disc brakes on the Alfa are brilliant Handling MGB – Very little body roll and firm ride mean you can corner confidently at speed Alfa – Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, agile and engaging Desirability MGB – Prices vary massively with original matching numbers chrome bumper cars changing hands at well over £10,000 Alfa – Good Series 4 Spiders are holding strong at around £8,000 with original Series 1 cars also fetching well over £10,000 Pro’s MGB – Entry level classic car that offers its own unique British sports car experience with easy access to parts and panels Alfa – Fun car for any occasion that comes with classic Alfa DNA Con’s Buying a MGB: None really, just with so much choice out there make sure you get the right one for you Renting: None Buying an Alfa: Mechanicals are robust and reliable, but rust can be an issue, so make sure it’s a good one Renting: None Overall MGB – 4/5 Alfa – 4.5/ 5

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