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Jim Sweeney
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada   can
1973 MG MGB
1995 MG MGF

Has anyone heard of an MGB Spider? I just had an gentleman from Italy write to me at the MG Car Club of Toronto website trying to find out any information about this model. He claims to have received information from Britain that this was a rubber bumper North American model but I've never hear of it.

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Derek Nicholson
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada   can
1961 MG MGA

No such thing.
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Mark Reed
Northern Virginia, USA   usa
1979 MG MGB

Probably confusing MGB with Fiat Spyder?
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Emil Wojcik Avatar
Metuchen, NJ, USA   usa

Or he's using the term spyder in it's generic sense, meaning roadster.
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Robert Carley
Campbellville, Ontario, Canada   can

There was a TR7 Spider.



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Steve S Avatar
On The Road, Lost in the California mountains, USA   usa
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The only MGB called a Spider was made by Jacques Coune. It was built from a chrome bumper, not rubber bumper model, so I doubt this is the one he was referring to. Photos are on my new web site, but the new site isn't up yet!







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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

TR7 and Fiat
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Nathan ~
Oregon, USA   usa

Emil Wojcik Wrote:
Quote: Or he's using the term spyder in it's generic sense, meaning roadster.

Yes, loosely translated, spyder means any convertible, or specifically any roadster, meaning no side windows. Which is why the term "spyder" is so common among Italians.

In that way, most of MG cars are spyders.
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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

And last but not least the Steve's Coune MGB - evidently destroyed in a fire

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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

Well maybe just one more post - I like this kind of stuff.

" Jacques Coune

Jacques Coune (Born in 1924) started his car workshop in the mid '50s at the avenue de la Couronne in Brussels, where he took care of exclusive sport cars like Jaguars, Aston Martins and other valuable cars, but also more regular and less expensive production cars. His clients were mainly rich people looking for individual transport.

One of the more known Coune creations was the Coune MGB Berlinette of which 56 were produced during 1963-1968 before British Leyland presented their own MGB GT Coupe. Coune also built a BMW 700 Combi, a BMW 1800 Combi, a Mercedes 220 SE Estate, a single Peugeot 404 Break, five Volvos Amazone Convertible and a special one-off MGB Targa, called the Gemini Spyder. Jacques Coune had his own booth (in 1963, 1964, 1965) at the autosalon in Brussels where he presented his unique creations to the public.

Coune also was the first Abarth agent outside Italy and he had the Iso agency. These Italian cars were distributed at the same building where Garage Francorchamps was located. Coune was co-founder of the Belgian National Racing Team, which ran with Abarths, Ferraris and F1 cars.

Coune's staff were mainly specialist coachbuilders from northern Italy. The Abarth department employed two staff and the panel workshop 17 specialists. In the sixties Coune lost many of his specialist Italian workers who one by one returned to their homeland when the Italian economy improved. Jacques Coune, now retired and in his 70s, lives a very private life.

With thanks to Nicolas Lecompte of the Coune registry."

Roger
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On The Road, Lost in the California mountains, USA   usa
1925 Ford Model T
1939 Ford V8
1949 MG TC
1953 MG Y-Type Saloon
1958 MG MGA   → more

Thank you Roger, that's the car I was referring to.




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Derek Nicholson
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada   can
1961 MG MGA

Spider, as opposed to Spyder. smiling smiley

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Barry Waterland
Greensboro, NC, USA   usa

As Nathan said; it'd just a common Italian term for a convertible.

I guy in Naples once told me that his brother owned a Morris Minor Spyder............



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Derek Nicholson
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada   can
1961 MG MGA

And a Coune MGB Tourer. The only picture I've ever come across. I'd like to know what the hard top looks like from the side or rear. Anyone?

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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

Derek up North Wrote:
Quote: And a Coune MGB Tourer. The only picture I've ever come across. I'd like to know what the hard top looks like from the side or rear. Anyone?



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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

and finally.

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Roger Killin
Nanaimo, BC, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB "Sarah"

rakmgb Wrote:
Quote: And last but not least the Steve's Coune MGB - evidently destroyed in a fire

Better picture of 1st post.

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Bob Brew
Springfield, Oregon, USA   usa
1979 MG MGB "Tubby"

Are those the standard sebring headlight covers (not counting the chrome trim)?



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Derek Nicholson
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada   can
1961 MG MGA

No. The whole fender is reshaped.

Steve S Avatar
On The Road, Lost in the California mountains, USA   usa
1925 Ford Model T
1939 Ford V8
1949 MG TC
1953 MG Y-Type Saloon
1958 MG MGA   → more

No, the fender was modified and special covers made. They are not used on anything else that I'm aware of.




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