1948 HRG 1500 roadster. See more pictures of British sports cars.
Except for the unsuccessful envelope-body "Aerodynamic" model (of which only 30 were built in 1946-1948), all HRGs had the same styling. This included the traditional vertical radiator, cycle-type front fenders, and Bugatti-type exposed front quarter-elliptic leaf springs.
The 1935-1956 HRG 1100/1500 was powered by a choice of two four-cylinder engines from the Singer Motor Company of Coventry. The HRG was slower than it looked (73 mph tops for the 1100, 83 mph for the 1500), but very nimble.
Though a real driver's car, and quite reliable for rallying and other competition, the HRG was incredibly uncomfortable. Like a cold shower, it was invigorating, but painful.
Pluses of the 1935-1956 HRG 1100/1500:
- Low-production appeal
- British "trad" style
- Strong, simple
- More exclusive than a postwar MG
- Active British club
- Very hard suspension
- No parts available now
- Little weather protection
- Prewar engineering
- Virtually unknown in the U.S.
Specifications of the 1935-1956 HRG 1100/1500:
Length, inches: 144.0
Wheelbase, inches: 99.5/103.5
Weight, pounds: 1,510-1,750
Price (new): NA
Engines for the 1935-1956 HRG 1100/1500:
| Type (cid)||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
|ohc I-4 (65)||1074 cc||40 (net)||1935-1956|
|ohc I-4 (91)||1496 cc||61 (net)||1935-1956|
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