The term sports car is believed to have first been used in 1928, and while it is difficult to clearly define the meaning, most would agree to it being a small rear-wheel-drive, two-seater, two-door vehicle that offered spirited performance, nimble handling and more often than not came in soft-top form. Initially the handmade nature of these machines meant sports cars were exclusive and commanded high prices, but when the British turned this around with mass-produced sports cars, the stage was set for some of the fiercest sports car brand loyalty debates in history. We put the Triumph TR and the MGA, bitter sports car rivals, head-to-head.
It may seem odd that a country that averages in at 133 rain or snow days per year and a regular temperature as cold as a Highveld winter day had such an affinity for making and using soft-top sports cars. But be that as it may, the world is a better place with Morgans, Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, MGs, Lotuses and more still filling car events around the globe. We could have included the likes of the Healey, Lotus and Morgan into the story, but these offerings tend to be slightly more exclusive and, as we all know, you are either an MG fan or a Triumph fan. I know Triumph owners who own Morgans and guys who park a Healey alongside their MG, but I am yet to find a soul with both an MG and TR in his set.