|1948 Singer Nine Roadster|
Not a sewing machine
Like most automakers at the time, Singer mainly produced sedans. It then ventured into the sports car world with the Nine Roadster. This limited-edition model (6,890 units) from 1948 was motivated by a 1.0-liter, 4-cylinder MG engine developing 36 horsepower. However, I can't recall if Singer exported a significant number of these cars to Canada.
MGs, the most popular
By far, the most popular and best-known English cars were the MGs. Following the TD and TF models was a series called MGA (1955-62), which featured a sleek, streamlined bodywork. At the MIAS, visitors can admire a 1961 MGA Mark II powered by a 90-hp, 1,662-cc engine and mated to a 4-speed transmission. The fastest of the bunch was the MGA with double overhead camshaft.
That being said, the most popular MG was undoubtedly the MGB, which followed the A in 1962 and lasted until 1980. When taking MGB GT, MGC and MGB GT V8 models into account, total production reached 524,470 units -- with more than half sold in North America. The red model showcased in Montreal dates back to 1969. Under the hood is the standard 1,795-cc, 4-cylinder powerplant. The 4-speed transmission, meanwhile, was optional at the time.
|1961 MGA Roadster|