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  • British Cars Built for Racing

    British Parts Northwest Classic Car Racing

    Vintage Sports Car Racing is something that many British car enthusiasts may find of interest.  There are several classic British cars that were built specifically for racing and we wanted to highlight a few of those cars.

    Austin Healey- The Austin Healey was one of the most popular British racing cars. It was raced by the Donald Healey Motor Company in Europe at Le Mans and in Sebring in the U.S . The last Big Healey to win an SCCA National Championship was the class E Production Austin-Healey 100-6 driven by Alan Barker at the Daytona ARRC in 1965. You can find parts for several Austin Healey models here at BP.

    Jaguar- There were multiple models of the Jaguar that were involved in racing, including the C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, XJ13, XJ-C, XJ41 and XJ42. If you are the proud owner of an E-Type, you can get parts for your car, right here from our website!

    Land Rover- There are a couple of modified Land Rovers that have competed in off-road racing, specifically the Dakar Rally and the Camel Trophy.

    MG- In the MG family, the MGA, MGB, and Midget (MG Midget Racing Coupes) all had models that participated in racing. The MGA had considerable success, racing extensively in the U.S. There were MGBs that were specially tuned for racing, which achieved success including a Grand Touring category victory in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally. There were 3 Midgets that were ordered by MG racing driver, Dick Jacobs. The cars were campaigned from 1962-1964. We have parts for the MGA, MGB and the Midget, in addition to other models of the MG.

    Triumph- The Triumph Spitfire and GT6 both had models that were built for racing. We proudly carry parts for both of these Triumph models, in addition to other Triumphs!

  • Timeline of the MG MGA

    The MG MGA is a British made sports car that was in production from 1955 to 1962, when it was replaced by the MGB. The design of the MGA was innovative from that of the older vehicles and boasted an uncommon feature, no exterior door handles.

    Here is the timeline of the MG MGA:

    1951- Designs begin on the MGA.

    1955- The MGA is officially launched and production of the MGA 1500 begins. The 1500 was the largest produced model of the MGA, with 58,750 made.

    1958- Production begins on the MGA Twin Cam. The Twin Cam featured a 1.6L engine and a double overhead cam. It was built for high performance.

    1959- Production of the MGA 1500 ends and the MGA 1600 production begins. The MGA 1600 was the second largest produced model of the MGA, with 31,501 made. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 which were made with leftover special wheels and four wheel disc brakes of the Twin-Cam.

    1960- Production of the Twin Cam and 1600 models ends and the 1600 Mark II is produced. The Mark II had a larger engine and a higher ration rear axle, designed for a more relaxed drive at high speeds. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 Mark II, with 290 roadsters and 23 coupes produced.

    1962- Production of the MGA 1600 Mark II ends.

    The MGA also “starred” in a few movies, including Blue Hawaii, Animal House and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

    See Also: British Cars in the Movies, Timeline of the Jaguar-Type

  • Jaguar Unveiling New F-Type Roadster in the Fall

    Jaguar is invoking its iconic E-Type roadster with its first two- seat sports car in almost four decades. The F-Type, due to be unveiled in September and go on sale as soon as next April, will be Jaguar’s smallest automobile in more than a half-century as the maker seeks a return to its sporting tradition following decades spent focusing on luxury sedans, according to British care news reports. The roadster will be built in Birmingham, England.

    “If the product can do what the original E-Type did for Jaguar, it will be a huge boost,” said Peter Schmidt, managing director of Warwick, England-based Automotive Industry Data. “What they’re doing is laudable, it’s good for the brand and it’s good for the image. But nobody should expect miracles.”

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    The E-Type, introduced at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, was described by Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever built,” and became synonymous with the London of the “Swinging Sixties.” Yet it has taken the $2.5 billion purchase of Jaguar by India’s Tata Motors Ltd. in 2008 for a pure-bred sports model to return to favor at the British manufacturer, according to JustBritish.com.

    If you are a lucky owner of a Jaguar, whether a classic model or a present-day style, you may find it frustrating to find parts to keep our sleek machine performance and ride ready. You’ll be happy to know that at British Parts Northwest, we have a section dedicated to parts for your Jaguar—or other British cars for that matter. We offer affordable pricing and fast shipping, because we stock what we sell. And as a family owned business, our motto is to keep our customers happy and coming back throughout the lifetime ownership of their car.

    So, even if you are enthusiastically awaiting the future debut of the F-Type, you can keep your current prized car road ready. Check out our new and improved website for easy looking of parts. We’d love to hear from you!

  • What is the Best Classic Car?

    What is the best classic car? That’s a loaded question, of course, and opinions vary as much as personal colors or best sports team. There are so many considerations when talking about “best” and even what is considered “classic.”

    That’s because the answer of “it depends” truly applies. Are you talking about power? Design? Mechanics? Cost? Quality? Usually, it is somewhat all of the above, and as a result, very subjective.

    According to an article in a past issue of Classic Motorsports, when asked “What is the best classic car?” not one of our enthusiasts had a ready answer. In one way or another, everyone said there are just too many to choose from. “Best classic car for what?” was usually the first response, with “What do you mean by ‘classic car’?” coming right on its heels.

    Defining some categories helped our friends get their arms around our question, but by refusing to define the term “classic car” we kept responses open-ended. The results were eclectic, to say the least.

    Nationalities represented included England, Italy, Germany, Japan and the United States. The years of production ranged from the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 through the 1979 Mazda RX-7, even with the “future classics” excluded. Current value of the picks showed a comparable range, with the least expensive—even outside the “budget” category—worth less than $5000, while the most expensive mentioned were over the million-dollar mark. Horsepower wasn’t a criterion of “best” either, with some of the favorites well under 100 and others over 500.

    Talk show host and enthusiast extraordinaire Jay Leno’s collection represents all the variety. Jay has everything from steamer to gasoline, small to large, slow to fast, and cheap to priceless poised to take him down the road. Each of the cars was beautiful in its own way: some in the sweep of their lines, and some in the craftsmanship inherent in their components. But these were not just static pieces of art.

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    “It’s the mechanicalness of them that I like,” Jay said several times. “Once you’ve taken them apart and put them back together again, there’s no mystery; nothing’s hidden.” This lever pushes that valve, that spark ignites this mixture of gas and air, which pushes that cylinder to turn this gear to rotate that wheel. Sure, they’re complicated, but they can be pulled apart and understood.

    Once they are put back together and driven, Jay noted in several different ways, they almost come alive. Artistry, “mechanicalness,” and motion are the elements that link together the variety of cars selected by our friends as the best classics.

    Jay’s responses seem to define why car enthusiasts love tinkering with their cars, and British car owners have a special infinity to doing so—in part because of the preciousness of the parts—and also because they are typically more novelty when on the road.

    That’s where we come in. At British Parts Northwest, we are large enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. We stock what we sell, so that items you seek are shipped directly from us to you. Check out our online catalog of parts—sorted by cars—and see how we can keep your British baby on the road and performance ready!

  • Why We Love Austin-Healeys

    The glamour of an Austin-Healey remains a love affair for those of us who adore this style of British sports car. Since its original debut in 1952, and then to the much-loved “frog-eyed’ Sprite in 1958, enthusiasts have adored their cars. Although Austin-Healeys were built in Great Britain, they were designed to appeal to Americans. In fact, 89 percent of their cars were exported to the U.S., where they are cherished. While 1972 marked the last year Austin-Healey ceased building cars, it is still exciting to see them on the roadways and raceways today.

    ZZ447782B0.jpgAlong with parts for other treasured British cars, we stock products for Austin-Healeys and also for the later Sprite-Midgets. Featured AH products range from simple and inexpensive ignition rotors and transmission mounts to master cylinder brakes, 6-cylinder clutch slave cylinders and cam bearing sets.

    We also have braking components, carburetion fuel systems, clutch components, cooling systems, cylinder heat components, drive trains, engine and interior electrical components, 4- and 6-cylinder engine components, performance parts, steering and suspension, and even tops and covers for your British baby.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are proud of being a family-owned and operated business that stocks what we sell. If you’ve ever looked for parts for your British car, you know that isn’t always the case. We are not a parts locator service; rather we stock parts, accessories, and even apparel so you can be sure you have your car road ready when you are.

    We also invite you to “like” our Facebook page and post your proud photos and be among the first to know of any specials and offers. Our goal is to make every customer a preferred customer and to share the love our beautiful British cars.

  • British Part Specials

    Over the years we, at British Parts Northwest, have been developing new and more reliable ignition products with the TrueSpark Ignition brand.  The latest development with TrueSpark is a high output Sports Coil.

     

    Sports Coil TrueSpark

    With the TrueSpark brand Sports coil you get the same gold color, same output (40,000 volts) and the same stability at high rpms as other sports coil but at a great price.  This coil is made to work with all Non-Ballasted (12 Volt) British cars, and comes with a new bracket too. Keep your car running strong this summer with solid ignition products from TrueSpark.

    Our second money saver is for the Triumph TR4A, TR250 and TR6.  With our buying power we have secured a great deal on clutch release bearing collars and clutch release bearings.

    Release Bearing and Collar TR4A-TR6

    To pass this along and made it easy on you we have a kit that includes the clutch release bearing, collar and roll pin, all put together.  This saves you time and money. No more worries about bending or breaking your new collar while pressing on your release bearing.

    As always if you have any questions about any of these items or any other items on our web site simple reply to this email and we will get them answered for you.  Also don't forget to check out our new videos on YouTube. Most recently, we've uploaded a video about installing a carpet kit in your British car.

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