Here’s a lovely roadster that I never thought I’d ever 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 moved back to a mid-rear arrangement, the car rode on a hydrolastic suspension and it even got electric power steering.
Oh yeah, that hydrolastic suspension is an interesting piece of kit. Instead of separate springs and dampers you get space-saving displacers filled with fluid. I’ll let Classic Motorsports explain:
Designed by Alex Moulton, this unique suspension system uses hydraulic displacer units filled with water and what is effectively antifreeze. Lines run between the front and rear displacer units; when one wheel hits a bump, the liquid raises the other end to reduce pitch. This system totally replaces the conventional springs and shock absorbers found on most cars.
One of the benefits of a system like this is reduced roll, perfect for a sporty roadster.
Power comes from a 1.8-liter four making 120 HP pushed to a manual. This one is noted to be rust free and pretty clean. However, the hydrolastic suspension will need service. It’s $9,500 at Sodo Moto in Seattle, Washington.