Old duffer that I am, I grew up during the golden age of the British sports car (mid-50s to about 1980) exemplified not by Aston-Martins and Jaguar XKEs but by the Triumph TR series and the British Motor Company’s MGB and MGBGT. The Triumphs and MGs were designed for fun and for accessibility to the common man – or woman, although neither company would have said so because … well … it was the 60s. They were inexpensive – the MGB sold for $2,500 when introduced in 1962 ($7,100 in 2021 dollars) – low-slung, RWD two-seaters with floor-mounted – unusual in the 50s – manual transmissions and peppy-at-lower-than-highway-speeds little engines that made them especially fun to drive on winding country roads. The MG Cyberster concept car is a beautiful and exciting-looking machine that I would love to drive and that will, I am sure, be a joy to those with deep enough pockets to buy one, but journalists and company promotional messages casting it as “a return to MG’s sports car heritage” have seriously misunderstood that heritage. One of the reasons I am so excited about the Aptera Paradigm is that it stirs in me the same passion for driving that the TR7 and MGB did decades ago because it fully evokes – sans manual transmission – the spirit of those wonderful automobiles for the 21st Century.