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Here is a beautiful roadster that I never thought I would see in America.
When the MGF was introduced in 1995, it was touted as the first all-new MG since the 1962 MGB. And this new car was a huge departure from the vintage roadster. The engine was brought back to a mid-rear layout, the car rode on hydrolastic suspension and it even had electric power steering.
Oh yes, this hydrolastic suspension is an interesting piece of kit. Instead of separate springs and shocks, you get space-saving liquid-filled stanchions. I let Classic Motorsports explain to you:
Designed by Alex Moulton, this unique suspension system uses hydraulic travel units filled with water and effective antifreeze. The lines pass between the forward and reverse travel units; when one wheel hits a bump, the fluid lifts the other end to reduce the pitch. This system completely replaces the conventional springs and shock absorbers found on most cars.
One of the advantages of such a system is reduced body roll, perfect for a sports roadster.
Power comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder making 120bhp pushed to a manual. This one is noted for being rust-free and fairly clean. However, the hydrolastic suspension will have to be overhauled. It’s $9,500 at Sodo Moto in Seattle, Washington.