Thursday, 26 March 2009

Don Allen's Buick V8-powered MGB

The collision of British and American styles really shouldn't work. British sports cars of the sixties and seventies were all about compact dimensions, light weight and wind-in-the-hair thrills, whereas the American muscle of the period was underscored by the need for the biggest engine possible and going very, very fast in a straight line.

Don Allen's MGB manages to seamlessly fuse the two disparate directions into something beautiful. The Buick V8 looks very much at home in the spotless engine bay (as well it should - the factory MGB V8 used the Rover unit whose origins lay at Buick), the wide Chevrolet steels give it a superb retro stance and the wing ports combine US brashness with UK restraint rather well. The whole package is exquisite - you can read the full spec here.

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