Morris Marina - was it really that bad?

Morris Marina - was it really that bad?

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neutral 3

5,256 posts

134 months

Thursday 4th March
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aeropilot said:
neutral 3 said:
Crikey.....that brings back memories....(or nighmares!) laugh

I'd almost forgotten what the inside of a TC Coupe looked like. Mine was a bluey-purple colour with similar colour brushed nylon seat facings - lovely hehe
You had a purple one, omg, no way !! That colour is absolutely gorgeous!!
Any photos ?
And what is that Purple called ??

Il never forget my pal Vince, taking me out for a summers eve flat out hoon, along Waltham Way and onto Brimsdown, Nth Chingford, in his Dads N reg, Purple TC Coupe in summer 77.
I sadly lost touch with Vince a couple of years later, but I’m trying to track him down. If I do, il ask him if he has any photos of his Dads TC.
That’s the only one ive ever seen in Purple and I worked @ a Dire BL Main Agents from summer 77 to late 1980, worked on countless Marinas.

john2443

5,358 posts

175 months

Thursday 4th March
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neutral 3 said:
And what is that Purple called ??
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Black Tulip?????

matchmaker

7,433 posts

164 months

Thursday 4th March
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john2443 said:
neutral 3 said:
And what is that Purple called ??
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Black Tulip?????
I think so. My uncle had a 1.3 coupe - XAG351K.

aeropilot

23,781 posts

191 months

Thursday 4th March
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matchmaker said:
john2443 said:
neutral 3 said:
And what is that Purple called ??
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Black Tulip?????
I think so. My uncle had a 1.3 coupe - XAG351K.
Or Aconite?

That was a dark purple-ish colour. Many years ago, I used to know someone that had a MGB GT V8 in that colour.

My TC wasn't either of those colour though. It was a dark metallic blue with a purply tint to it. Had gone a bit flat when I had it, but to my eyes it looked like a bluey-purple. No idea what it was called and can't find anything that would tell me.
I do have a photo though, which I'll post up when I get home tonight.

Touring442

2,109 posts

173 months

Thursday 4th March
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matchmaker said:
I think so. My uncle had a 1.3 coupe - XAG351K.
Mine was KBP509K iirc, Black tulip 1.3 Deluxe Coupe with red vinyl trim. Bought for 60 quid - I welded some secondhand Teal blue wings on and rattle canned them the right colour with Holts Duplicolour cans one hot day.

aeropilot

23,781 posts

191 months

Thursday 4th March
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aeropilot said:
matchmaker said:
john2443 said:
neutral 3 said:
And what is that Purple called ??
.
Black Tulip?????
I think so. My uncle had a 1.3 coupe - XAG351K.
Or Aconite?

That was a dark purple-ish colour. Many years ago, I used to know someone that had a MGB GT V8 in that colour.

My TC wasn't either of those colour though. It was a dark metallic blue with a purply tint to it. Had gone a bit flat when I had it, but to my eyes it looked like a bluey-purple. No idea what it was called and can't find anything that would tell me.
I do have a photo though, which I'll post up when I get home tonight.
This the TC Coupe I owned for about 8 months, over the autumn/winter/spring of 1984/5.


Rob 131 Sport

201 posts

16 months

Sunday 7th March
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aeropilot said:
2xChevrons said:
In 1980:

MGB GT: £5893

Golf GTI: £5768

These are 'as tested' prices in road tests published during 1980. So the 'B was more expensive, but not by much.

For context, a TR7 at the same time was £5750 and Alfasud 1.5Ti was £5100.

A Morris Ital 1.3HLS (on topic!) was £4397.
And.....

Escort RS2000 Custom was £5387
Capri 3.0S was £5825
Sunbeam Ti was £4666
Sunbeam-Lotus was £7205
Fiat 131 Mirafiori Sport was £5448
BMW 323i was £7550.

The MGB GT was more expensive than a Capri 3.0S........and a whopping 500 quid more than a RS2000.
For me it would be the Fiat 131 Mirafiori Sport followed by the Capri 3.0S. The BMW was expensive by comparison.

dirky dirk

2,236 posts

134 months

Sunday 7th March
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We had a msrina coupe in school for a short lived motor maintainance class.

Nobody wanted to work on it and we were 15,