The old “foreign” cars were sometimes a disaster.
A long time ago, I had an English car, a Triumph TR-6. The electrical was 100% bad in it. The Lucas parts sucked, especially the alternator.
A mechanic modified the bracket and put an AC/Delco (General Motors) in it. That problem ended.
The distributor caps also cracked a lot. I could super glue them a few times but then would have to replace. I started stocking several at a time on a shelf.
I twisted an axle one time and had to wait 3 weeks for an expensive replacement from England. Somehow I put it in myself.
All that work just to enjoy a few minutes driving it every now and then when it decided to run.
Triumph owners used to joke, “well, at least it’s not a Fiat.” Talk about grasping at straws.
Is it, though? Is a car from an Anglo country really all that foreign in America?
As far as parts, it was very foreign. I think things have become pretty homogenized now.
Well, yes. Lucas was infamous for its shoddy products. Not the only British electronics company to “enjoy” that kind of reputation, either.