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So as many of you know I havent been here much since I sold my Elise a couple months ago. . . and now I need a new hobby for the next year before I move overseas. I want to find a car that I can buy for under $5k and spend the next year restoring. I would like to find something with no body damage/rust and a running engine (engine work is fine, but want to stay away from a complete engine swap/replacement due to limited time). I also want something with the same feel as a Lotus. . . light weight convertible with great handling.
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Currently I am looking at 1960s-1970s: MGB, MG Midget, Triumph TR-6, Triumph Spitfire, Fiat Spider. . . Suggestions are more than welcome and personal experience is a plus! And yes I would like an old Elan, but I cant find any within the price range in good condition.
 

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I've had my MGB for nearly 20 years now.

and in that time I think I've had just about everything replaced or worked on.
and I mean _everything_.
Fortunately, I think as far as old british roadsters go, parts are somewhat plentiful for MGB's.

Having spent perhaps 10x what I paid for it on repairs, I'm actually a bit scared to ever think about selling it, but it's fun having a little roadster.
I just make sure not to drive it more than 20 miles away, just in case.

It sure aint a Lotus tho when it comes to handling!
 

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My best friend and I spent a lot of time working on a '74 MGB in high school and college. I have a soft spot in my heart for them, but if I were buying an MG to restore it would probably be an MGA. Much prettier cars, IMO.
 

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I love the MGAs, but price is the issue. Looking hard at some early 60s MG Midgets. Some decent priced ones on ebay.
 

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I'd consider a porsche 914.
 

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Yeah just trying to get a feel for a good price on an early 60s Midget. . . looks like I should be able to get one in decent shape for under $5k somewhat easily. Just need to decide if I am willing to ship or drive back to TX. Anyone know good sites for MG car sales?
 

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ill sell u a fully restorable 1967 lincoln continental sedan with the suicide doors for cheap!!!
If gas wasnt so damn expensive I might actually entertain that.

As for the 914. . . they are considerably more expensive and I would imagine the parts would be too. I have been thinking about the Austin Healey's as well. . . gorgeous cars!!!
 

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If gas wasnt so damn expensive I might actually entertain that.

As for the 914. . . they are considerably more expensive and I would imagine the parts would be too. I have been thinking about the Austin Healey's as well. . . gorgeous cars!!!
its all good, if you like it you know where to find me :up:
 

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There is a 914 that needs some engine work for $2900 around here.

I would say an MGB GT would be interesting, but nothing is going to be close to the lotus other than a near race spec 914-6.
 

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Put up some pictures for us. . . we always love some good pictures!
i will soon as i get a chance, i have 3 classic cars i wanna move for space issues and might pick up a 69roadrunner 383 air grabber V8 w/ matching numbers to the stable beep,beep :shift:
 

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I'd be looking at British roadsters from the sixties through the early seventies. I'm partial to chrome bumper MGB's because of pricing, parts, and support. You won't find a big Healey for $5K in any condition, and a decent bugeye might be tough as well. A later Sprite/ Midget might be an option. I'd also look at Triumph.
 
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