Miscellany : BL Top Trumps

Back in the 1970s and ’80s, these cards were all the rage and the ones that are relevent to this site can be seen below.


Couple of cars from an early "Sports Car" pack - the Spitfire looks good (and notice the price of £1689?), but isn't that an MGC and not an MGB??

Couple of cars from an early "Sports Car" pack - the Spitfire looks good (and notice the price of £1689?), but isn't that an MGC and not an MGB??

The rally cars are interesting: the Mini we can see, but who would want to rally a Triumph 2000? ‘That particular car looks like one driven by Brian Culcheth that was entered by BL Competitions department in the East African Safari Rally in 1972 and was actually a 2.5PI not a 2000TC. It did surprisingly well coming 13th overall and first in class, but the body suffered terribly, cracking around the rear windscreen pillar (the screen fell out at one bit) and down the wing, ending up with the boot section noticeably sagging!’

(Info from Bill Price’s book: “The BMC/BL Competitions Department“)


This is from a "British Cars vs. French Cars" pack from the early Seventies. The German registered Allegro is interesting for the fact that I can't imagine many Germans wanted the car.Also do you notice that the Allegro apparently weighs the same as the Mini???

This is from a "British Cars vs. French Cars" pack from the early Seventies. The German registered Allegro is interesting for the fact that I can't imagine many Germans wanted the car.Also do you notice that the Allegro apparently weighs the same as the Mini???


More "British Cars vs. French Cars" - I think those early Marina TCs look really bold with all that black detailing.

More "British Cars vs. French Cars" - those early Marina TCs look really bold with all that black detailing.



A couple of SD1s: one is a “Supercar”, the other is a “Luxury GT”.

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Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007. Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

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