The engine is the factory original 1250 cc inline-four, and its exceptionally tidy presentation helps the car really shine. It’s an overhead valve unit with twin SU carburetors. The motor was built for you to go out and row through the gears of the four-speed transmission and get the most out of this little motor. Just like the legs on a little dog, the MG’s engine has a peppy attitude that’s happiest when it’s kicking just about as fast as it can. The light body weight and independent front suspension all contribute to the sporting attitude. But, to get the most fun out of this roadster, it requires you. That’s what makes these MGs so popular, you are connected with the machine. This car needs you to get to the destination, and so when you arrive, it feels like an accomplishment.

Concord, North Carolina, United States