About 26 years ago I was looking for a MGB ever since I saw one an 81 model at a car show in 1986 when I was 16. I was looking for a MGB or Triumph Spitfire. Some mechanic told me if I was going to buy something like this, to shy away from British cars and get the Fiat. So that is how I ended up with the Spider I still own today. And Fiats in general. Well the opportunity to buy an MGB presented itself. My wife's cousin had one and needed some money to buy an every day car. So I bought her 77 model. The Fiat 124 Spider's arch nemesis. This car has been in a storage building for several years. It has no foot brakes whatsoever. The rear hose underneath the battery is swollen but is not leaking. Once I replace this hose and bleed the brakes may work. But the hand brake works. The body is solid. The odometer says 31,000 miles but I kind of doubt it's only got that many miles on it for a 40 year old car. My 68 Ford Fairlane has 57,000 miles on it and although I have no actual proof that the mileage is original, I do know the original and second owner of the car. My grandmother bought this has from her neighbor in 1976. So I'm the 3rd owner of this car. I know the car itself has 57,000 miles on it but have no evidence that the engine and transmission are original but I don't think they were ever replaced when my grandmother owned the car, otherwise I would have remembered this. There are some mechanical differences between these cars. The Fiat has rear coil springs and rear disc brakes. The MGB has rear leaf springs and rear drum brakes. Actually leaf spring suspension is not that bad. I had a Jeep Wrangler with 4 wheel leaf spring suspension and it had no body roll like my 84 Ford Bronco II. The Spider has worm and roller steering but the MGB has rack and pinion. The MGB has a hydraulic clutch and the Spider has the cable. The MGB's engine looks easier to work on. Everything looks easier to get to. I hate the Fiat's valve system. Having to use those stupid shims to set the valve clearances. The oil filter is easier to get to on the MGB. Where the Spider really kicks the MGB's butt is the top mechanism. The MGB has a bunch of snaps and looks like it has to be folded a certain way. I have not figured it out yet but a friend who is into MGs is going to come over Sunday and give me a run down of the ins and outs of this car. It seems both cars uses newer technology in one area but older technology is another. Which doesn't really matter as long as it works well.