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In Reply to: RE: A well set up Mini can give the "sports cars" fits. posted by Opus 33 1/3 on July 16, 2017 at 16:06:04
And the Mini and Midget share the same engines.
But the top doesn't go down on the Mini.
The answer is always........Miata! ;)
if somebody else asked me for advice.
I'd consider a Miata, but it would have to NA, preferably with no AC or power steering.
Would consider Miata, would prefer the Midget. Marks I, II, or III.
Miatas are not "like reliable Lotuses" as they were touted for awhile. They are not neutral steerers, nor are they as quick as you might hope for. An upgraded Spridget will be quicker and will handle better, undoubtedly. Of course, the Miata reliabilities do have an advantage.
Since both cars are VERY SMALL, why not consider the best handling small cars ? Yes, the vintage Minis ! Even the newer BMW owned MINI, with that cool, full sun-roof could be a winner ! Consider a non-Cooper S with that sunroof option. The newer MINI Cooper S are plagued by understeering. Their speed can get you in trouble, whereas the non-S handles much more neutrally, assuring fun drives...
to somebody else. Few people these days are willing to put up with any maintenance other than an oil change, let alone dealing with breaker points and twin SU carbs.
But I'd much rather have the Midget. First thing I learned to do on a car was tune up my old '71 Pinto and the muscle memory is still there.
I love the vintage Minis, but BMC never made a convertible or roadster.
Later Minis, no stinking CANBUS. Preferably no computers at all, but NO CANBUS.
Opus 33 1/3
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