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Good to know! Although I haven't driven many true performance cars of any era, at least few with enough time to actually get to appreciate them.
 

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Apparently its nothing like that bright in real life......just a faint background glow. You would not be able to see anything outside when driving at night if your eyes were used to that level of interior light.
I'd like to think so. Not having had the chance to look inside one (nor, it must be said, the drive to bother to do so!), I can't say much re actual brightness levels.

Hell, I have enough of a bad time with shiny trinket-y bits in Mrs Headloq's Golf managing to blind me at awkward moments ... so festooning a car's cabin with blinkenlights simply seems cruel and nasty, especially at night. Even if dimmed.
 

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My grandfather was like that. He had a sucession of crap BL cars like Maxi's, Metro, Marina's and a Ballade shape rover 216. All rusty and unreliable. His last car was a Suzuki which was totally trouble free...

There comes a point when you have to do what is right for yourself, even if it isn't buying British. JLR is Indian anyway.
Hey! Steady on with the Morris Marina. Twas my very first car...

Pic of it in that lovely baby puke green below....strangely, the only one I have...

Hang on. On second thought. You're right...it was crap...:oops:
 

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My Grandad's was a 1.8 Coupe.

Within 3 weeks of buying the thing it had broken down twice and a couple of weeks after that it was written off in a low speed crash. Despite it being only 20mph or so it put my Gran in hospital with a head injury.
 

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The Marina was an object lesson in how you can take reasonable if uninspiring parts and assemble them to make something appalling. Only the name was appropriate, with its connotation of sea-sickness.

My boss once said: "Good news, you've got use of a company car. It's a Morris Marina."
 

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Not to forget the later Ital either.

Get Giugiaro to handle the production, film an advert in Italy and name it after a famous design studio and nobody will realise it was a reskinned Marina designed by Harris Mann.
 

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My Grandad's was a 1.8 Coupe.

Within 3 weeks of buying the thing it had broken down twice and a couple of weeks after that it was written off in a low speed crash. Despite it being only 20mph or so it put my Gran in hospital with a head injury.
My brother had a 1.8 Coupe. Actually was pretty quick...when it went.

I could only aspire to the 1.3 de Luxe. Nothing Luxe about it though...and it was pretty slow, and wallowy,....when it went... :oops: :sleep:
 

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We had 1.3 saloons & 1.8 estates as company pool cars. The 1.3s were abysmal. The 1.8s were sort of acceptable - that old B-series had plenty of low-down grunt & the stiffer suspension on the estate tuned out a lot of the wallow - but still not the sort of car you'd drive for fun.
 

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In the 70's I had a Marina van for work, empty it would fly, with no weight in the back the back end would tramp on a hard pull away, all from a 1.3 A series.
 
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ARonline is such a brilliant website. Incredible knowledge of things most people have forgotten, and never really cared about anyway.

I love the bit about Giorgetto's lads not understanding imperial measurements.
 

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I like AR Online too.

There is a Youtube channel called BigCar which has a lot of info on BL, as well as other cars from the time like the Escort, Cortina and other stuff.
 

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Agree re AR and BigCar. Lost many an enjoyable hour to them :)
 
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