In Reply to: Tones of the XK-E and Austin Healey 3000's were... posted by RETRO on February 08, 2000 at 21:28:35:
: so beautiful that pretty girls would wave you down
: on every corner. We did'nt use use the non-working horns thanks to the crappy Lucas wiring harness. The Austin Healey 3000,when
: shifted into the electic 3 rd gear downshift,
: passed everything with a great deal of noise.
: It had a "serious tone" that invited Mustangs and
: GTO's to follow it through s-curves. The Jag,
: with a curved upward set of chrome pipes just
: bellowed "follow me if you can" at 105 in third
: gear. They were great sounding cars and fun to
: drive. The Z3 2.3 reminds me of their great
: handling and sound, unless i'm losing my memory.
Long, long ago I had a Healey 3000 Mk II and I will never forget that absolutely beautiful exhaust tone. It was possible to further enhance the harmonic by tinkering with the pipe hanger locations under the car. And you're right, pretty girls just stopped and stared. My 2000 Z3 seems to have the same effect, albeit to less purpose; But, I must admit its exhaust note leaves a little to be desired - better than the competition, but still a little breathy to my taste. Is there an after-market set up someone can recommend?