I've heard of one where they had to fit larger wheels so the headlights were at the correct minimum height. In the UK we only have a maximum height.
The fitting of larger wheels actually ruined the handling and made the car more dangerous. Health and softy shooting itself in the foot.
There once was a time when all people believed in god and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages. -- Richard Lederer
It would be hard enough to put big enough tires on a Lotus Super Seven
to make it legal :) In fact, I think the Evora is the only street legal
model in the US.
Even worse are French cars; except for those imported by individuals
they haven't been in the US market for 25 years. It's an economic
decision. Can they sell enough to bother to meet US certification?
Apparently they can meet the European Certificate of Conformance.
Actually, I drive a 1.5 liter Toyota. Back in the day, I drove an
Austin-Healey but those are history from the last century. Some of my
friends drove MGs. That marque lives on and I understand the Chinese
even sent the kits to Britain to be assembled for old times sake.
I do like some of the new Thairumph bikes though.
There were, at various times, among others:
Morris Major (an Australian 6-cyl. version of the Oxford)
Morris Mini Minor (first with an 850cc engine, later with a 1000cc
engine) -- the forerunner of the Cooper Mini.
Some of these had "badge-engineered" counterparts under the Austin and
Wolsely brands. MG and Rover were part of the same group for many years.
were later known as "Mini"s. The Cooper was the first souped up
version - with a 998? cc engine - then the Cooper S came out with the
There was the Morris Oxford, the Morris Minor, and the Morris Mini
Minor here in Canada - with a lot more different Austin models - the
A40 Devon 4 door and Dorset 2 door, The A40 Somerset that followed,
and then the Austin A40,,A50,A55 and A60 Cambridge, and a later A4-
Farina. Then came the Mini, the 1100, the 1300 America, and the 1800
We also got a few A90,A95 or A105 Westminsters (with 6 cyl engines)
On 02/15/2016 08:13 AM, email@example.com wrote:
We didn't see too many of those in the US. In fact, the first Mini (or
Morris) I recall seeing was in Nova Scotia. Later they showed up in club
racing at Lime Rock. I crewed for a Super Seven but I never got to drive
it. The owner was smarter than that.
When I was in high school a friend's father drove a Humber Super Snipe.
Where he got his hands on that I have no idea. It wasn't even one of the
50's models that looked sort of classy. It looked more like an aborted
"same displacement" , yes the horsepower may be different, but if a
highstrung Itallian sportscar is putting out 700HP at 8500 RPM that is
432 foot lbs of torque - it might put our 500 ft lbs at 5000 rpm which
is about 475 HP., and 300ftlb at 3500 RPM which is a paultry 200HP
The American "anchor" that is only putting out 600 HP is doing it at
5500 RPM which is 575 ft lbs of torque - and down at 3500 RPM it may
be putting out 725 ft lbs ) about 483HP
So the american "anchor" has lots of "balls" down deep where they are
useable on American roads - and still puts out more than adequate HP
at "sensible" engine speeds - where the exotic Italian needs to rev
like crazy to get any work done..
It's torque that makes a car quick.
I can't remember exactly what the comparisons were but they sounded ridiculous. Maybe it was just the same engine size. Maybe it was better tuned in some makes, I don't know. But they always claimed the American cars never managed to get the HP they should do.
Hence diesel is superior.
Q. What did the sign on the door of the whorehouse say?
A. Beat it - we're closed.
What I meant was a particular Ford engine for example was used in an American car and got 250 HP. The same engine was put in a UK car and got 300 HP. Presumably it's down to tuning, the carburettor/fuel injection system, the gearbox ratios, etc.
You can't polish a turd, but it's funny as fuck watching someone try.
At least in the US if the VIN has a J it's from Jacknell Rd, Hinckley, T
for Chonburi. There's a Brazil branch but afaik that's strictly an
assembly operation to beat the import tariffs.
I looked at them a couple of years ago and didn't see any quality
difference. Nice bikes, but I went with a Suzuki. Not as cool looking as
a Bonnie, but it gets the job done.
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