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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. C K Leong says:

    It looks like a Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 (Bug Eye Model). These cars were chic in those days but performance wise is only ho hum due to its small engine (984cc).
    Typical of British car made in those days, this car would require frequent maintenance.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    You’re exactly right, C K Leong.

    And felicia, for about $5000 in 1958, you could have bought one at Borneo Motors in Ipoh.

    Thanks for another great photograph, Mohamad Sharizan!

  3. Mano says:

    Frog Eye or Bug Eye depending on which side of the Atlantic but what are those stars on the front left wing? Roadkill?!:)

  4. NCK says:

    At that time, a Fiat 600 was fitted with a 633/767/843cc engine. A 984cc engine was for a sports car. Nowadays, an engine of this size is used for a Kenari. What with the increased world population and car ownership, no wonder the world is heated up.

  5. Mano says:

    A few factors determined the future of the motorcar after WW II. The Yanks with their abundant resources opted for softly sprung, large vehicles with large capacity motors which would lazily tick over as they covered vast distances, albeit in a straight line, in relative silence and great comfort.The Brits, like the rest of Europe, were the exact opposite. Short of raw materials with narrow and windy roads. Hence produced cars that were smaller yet nimble.
    Although the term roadster, which is the type of car in the picture, was initially coined by the Yanks, the attributes of such a car was redefined by the Brits as we know today. Which is a small revvy engine in a small and light open top body with basic amenities. Coupled with the right suspension and aerodynamics, as in the case of Collin Chapman’s, Lotus, one could take a left-hand corner looking out the right-hand side window!
    With the demise of Britain’s sports car manufacturers, MG in particular, the appeal of the roadster was mostly forgotten for quite a while. Until, in 1989 when Mazda released the MX 5 (or Miata) and became their bestseller. Britain and the rest of Europe could all but watch teary-eyed and play catch up.
    Today the MX 5 remains the most popular roadster in the world.

  6. C K Leong says:

    Agree with Mano that the Mazda MX5 is one the most popular and endearing roadsters around. First, it is small, (like the Lotus Elan) and easy to throw around corners, second is has rear wheel drive, which in general is more satisfying to drive, third it is reliable (Mazda do not make rubbish product), four, it is reasonably affordable and fifth it is fun to drive around in an open top.

  7. C K Leong says:

    A minor correction re “Mazda not making rubbish product”. The Mazda RX 2 and 3 had rotary engines which were the exception. Yet owners of these cars swear that they were ok. Mazda have redeemed themselves with the Mazda RX8.

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