MGB Berlinette - prettier than the MGB?

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Russell Campbell
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I'm probably going to enrage a few people, but am I alone in wishing MG had gone with Jacques Coune’s design for the B? Maybe it’s the familiarity of the shape that makes me prefer the “Latin” looks or it could be the story of the man who designed it, but I certainly prefer what the Belgian offered up. I wonder if the decision was ultimtaley down to cost? 

 

Nuno Granja
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In my opinion, even if Jacques Coune´s creation is really pretty and rare,  the B GT will my choice.

 

 

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Chris Martin
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I agree the Coune car is by far the better looking, but given the ways of BMC back then I suspect the brief for the B GT was to use as many common parts with the B roadster as possible. Besides, the prevailing attitude and arrogance of 'we know best' in the British industry back then would not have given a great welcome to such an upstart outsider.

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Personally I've always found the styling of the Belgian car to be too fussy, whereas the earliest (pre-BL) version of the factory BGT was absolutely spot on.

Russell Campbell
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I'm glad you agree Chris, you're no doubt right about BMC's way of doing things (not always the best) but added to the magic, too, i suppose!

Nuno, if BMC hadn't chosen the British design I'd no doubt be questioning its decision. Mind you from the back its a worthy contender for Elliott's Rear Of The Year, (dawns virtual tin hat) certainly better than that No. 5...

Nuno Granja
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Russel,

Probably is a question of personal taste and I gona try to explain with my basic english skills....

The Jacques Coune’s design its very well done, but with a strong italian flavour from the years before of its release, The BL design even if it came from an italian house it had strong british flavour with a more contemporary style (from the point of view of the era).

So I will prefer a british sporst car with contemporary style designed  by an italian than an italian berlinetta look alike, designed by an belgian and  based on a  british sportscar .

 

The BL politics was set up the way they think it was the better for the company and as we know now, globally they are wrong, but thats another story.

 

nuno granja

James Elliott
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The Coune is lovely, but also a special and a very rare one at that. And I reckon that majorly influences people's perceptions, especially when the MGB GT is so commonplace that it automatically makes people hanker after something a little different.

If MG had adopted the Coune styling and there were half a million of them kicking around, then I bet it wouldn't be held in quite such high esteem and people would be questioning all sorts of elements of it.

Besides, the real beauty of the MGB for me is its simplicity, suitability and practicality and some of that is lost with the Coune.

It is all very well looking like a multi-million pound 1960s exotic GT, but that brings with it its own shortcomings and compromises - I bet anyone who has lived with an MGB GT and used it properly wouldn't trade their rear hatch for the Coune's truncated boot aperture for the world.

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