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I am happy to be corrected about the MGB and frankly my knowledge of the Austin nomenclature system derives from my being a Healey owner and know very little about MG's.

What I have never heard or seen a good explanation for is why Austin chose to deviate from its own system in the case of the 100-6, and as I am sure you know the first models released were four-seaters but were nevertheless given an "N" when it should have been a "T", and it seems to me that the two versions should have been "BT4 for the four-seater and BN5 for the later-released two seaters.

Do you have any thoughts on this inconsistency?

Best--Michael Oritt
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PAN Alwyn Keepence
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia   AUS
Michael, I agree that Austin fouled up calling the first 100-Six BN4 instead of BT4. They compounded the error by calling the later two-seater BN6. I would suggest that perhaps the T (for tourer?) did not exist at the time of the introduction of the BN4. But logic seemed to take little part in the sequence of model designations.
What has often perplexed me is the way these designations are so frequently used by “big” Healey folk, but not by other Austin enthusiasts, including Sprite people!
Cheers mate.

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