If you'd like to experience the thrill of open air motoring in a classic British style lightweight, there really is no better tradeoff between driving experience and price than a NA-series Mazda MX-5 Miata...but if you seek the thrill of possibly not getting to your destination, you should seriously consider an actual British classic. Like this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine V offered here on eBay currently bidding for $7,800 reserve-not-met.
The Alpine V (1965-1968) was the fifth generation of the 2-seat roadster from the Rootes Group, but, much like Rocky V, it was a re-hash of the previous story, but updated for regulations and perhaps a bit more power. The Alpine design was changed little from the previous generation, and the styling by former Ford employee Ken Howes still looked like the first generation Thunderbird.
The Alpine V might not be the contender for the title, but its 1.7 liter inline-4 was rated at 100 hp, making the 2200 lb chassis quite the little street fighter. This one is getting up in years, but the spark still lives somewhere inside and it could be a great weekend driver for the right person.
The interior looks in good nick, and the paint is claimed to be 60% original, which is certainly preferred over a cheap respray or an aging decent job. The American Racing Silverstone magnesium wheels fit match the style of the car nicely.
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