Standing out side my mates emporium yesterday afternoon (a very busy day due to the Dutch match at the world cup) and considering if I should buy any of his over priced offerings, (hope you read this you robbing barstuaward) an orange MG parked up making a fantastic sound as it did so. It had three windscreen wipers, so I knew it was a USA import but it had chrome bumpers. I walked over and bent down to peer inside, as you do, and had a great chat with the owner. He had imported the car in the early 1980's when it was in a very bad state and returned it to 'Concours d'Elegance' condition, not a mark on it. This guy then asked if I would like to sit in the drivers seat and got out of the car. He was built like a brick s*** house and 6ft plus, no way he would fit in a Z3. I climbed in and could not depress the clutch, it felt like being in a Tardis !!! He had owned an Etype but found it to cramped to drive comfortably. The great sound, I found out, after he opened the bonnet (hood, for you Yanks) was from a 1600cc lump with double Webbers..... He then explained the chrome bumpers. There is a company in Germany that has the patent to reproduce the parts and he paid Euro 800 for front and back plus bonnet grill...cheap as chips..... He was not happy with a slight blemish in one of the windows in the soft top, it has three, and said he was going to buy a new top from the same German company for Euro 300 fitted. I enjoyed that chat.