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Couple of weeks ago a Twitter conversation erupted in which I whimsically pondered an alternative early 80s MG lineup.

By 1982, the MGB and Midget were both dead, but the octagon had been applied to the Metro. So why not try and inject a bit of spirit into the increasingly moribund Allegro?

I mean, with the Allegro running an A-Series, in 1982 it was chronologically feasible for BL to slam the MG Metro Turbo lump behind the 'legro's piggy snout, with hilarious results.

Well, my mate Russell, who draws stuff and does a really bloody good job of doing so, seized on the opportunity and created this magnificent sight.

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I reckon it's rather fetching, and it was recieved on Twitter with some fanfare.

In fact, such a tasty recipe did an MG-infused Allegro cook up that we wondered what else might respond well to a bit of octagonisation. I mentioned the Ambassador.

The idea of an MG Ambassador, as a cheaper, front-drive alternative to the properly executive SD1 Rover Vitesse, seemed something not entirely without merit. And lets face it, the thought of a flying wedge had immense appeal. WELL, said Russ. "I've not drawn an Ambassador, but I do have a Princess I could fiddle around with...".

Needless to say I encouraged him, and I'm bloody glad I did.

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I reckon this works absolutely superbly, especially with the genius use of graphics to black out the side window pillars, with that continuing to the headlights for a subtle clamshell bonnet effect. And hey, it's not as if there was never an MG Princess before. The ADO16 had an MG badge on it, and in some markets it was the actual VP-grilled variant that did so. MG Princess, it was called.

 

In fact, it has me pondering on the fact that (in my fertile imagination) a turbo'd T16 lump from an 800 Vitesse isn't such a distant relative to the O Series that putting one under the bonnet of a Princess need be an impossibility.

The artist in question is a chap called Russell Wallis, and he has a Redbubble shop for his work. His Rover 800 T Shirts are particularly appealing, and I wear mine with pride. Of course.

I make no apology for the advert, the bloke's a genius.

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Those are ace and I'd happily roll in either of them. I'd love to see what an MG Maxi might look like - if ever there was a car that needed to shake off a stuffy image the Maxi is it.

An MG Marina Turbo has actually been done in real life. Not to my taste but you can't fault its creator for his vision and determination.

XHK 875L - 1973 Morris Marina 2.0 Turbo

 

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6 minutes ago, quicksilver said:

An MG Marina Turbo has actually been done in real life. Not to my taste but you can't fault its creator for his vision and determination.

That's... *checks notes*... "hawt".

Kind of looks like the determinedly hotted-up versions of (dreadful American malaise-era family dreck like) the Dodge Aspen and Chevy Vega.

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Superb.

The Allegro and Princess/Ambassador always needed a sportier image.

A lot of dull as crap 1.1 popular Escorts were sold but the image of something like the Mexico in the range helped make Escorts somehow sporty. A Cortina GT helped a 1.3 L's image look a bit  less dowdy.

I reckon MG versions of bread and butter BL cars might have helped.

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Turbo them both, obviously.  stick to the 1750 in the Allegro and the 2000 in the Princess.  Don't bother going for the 2.2, it's not really any quicker and a good bit heavier.  Upgrade the Hydragas with some shocks to assist as on the MG F (which would give the added bonus of upgrades for regular cars by enterprising Freds in sheds) and a few more years could have been squeezed out of both.  They would have slotted in neatly between the ancient Midget and B that should have stopped  being produced in the 70s, and the incoming Montego and Maestro that should have appeared in the 70s.

Nice colour choices and bolt on bits for both in the artwork.  They're both very plausible as what-ifs, a little bit of fibreglass fabrication for the bolt on bits, and some vinyl for the graphics and you're away.

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Those are pretty epic renders.  I am on a FB group for BL/BMC/Austin Rover chod and somone  is  sigh* writing a fictional "what if" history if them in the 70s and 80s with their own new* models.  There was a rover 5000 based on an XJ platform that looked like a very, very bad Granada, many new models were dreamed* up and gosh they were gopping and comical. 

 

I want an Allegro and a Princess anyway these just make me want them more - and wish I could find a 2nd to do over a la MG (and had the skilz and munneey to do so 🤔😢 always the small details)

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13 hours ago, RoadworkUK said:

The artist in question is a chap called Russell Wallis, and he has a Redbubble shop for his work. His Rover 800 T Shirts are particularly appealing, and I wear mine with pride. Of course.

I make no apology for the advert, the bloke's a genius.

Thanks for flagging this up - seriously talented guy (who clearly likes his Citroens).

Could see myself spending quite a lot of money in that shop in an unguarded moment after a few beers...

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18 hours ago, HMC said:

Love the detailing, The sort of Lancia beta Hi-Fi edition coupe aesthetic,  where selective dechroming, chunky splitters and spoilers and gaudy side stripes almost manages not to look a bit desperate.

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Not seen that advert in years.

Those were the ones where Lancia GB were literally rubbing off rust spots  on brand new cars re-spraying & selling them on.

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On 17/01/2021 at 23:17, HMC said:

My attempt at an MG maxi has been somewhat less successful 

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I tried to make this a thing, but ended up giving it the face of a MK2 Golf accidentally

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Note: To avoid confusion, I used the plate of the Land Rover that i bought brand new in 1987

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12 hours ago, OM646 said:

I tried to make this a thing, but ended up giving it the face of a MK2 Golf accidentally

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Note: To avoid confusion, I used the plate of the Land Rover that i bought brand new in 1987

An MG Maxi with a 2.0 Honda engine might have given the Golf GTI something to really worry about!

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