Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Where else would you find a 56-year-old MG at a downtown parking meter?
Fellow Jalopnik writer Ben Wojdyla was in the Bay Area to hoon some Audis, and so he dropped by Alameda to get some lunch and see a bit of the legendary ITRF for himself. I figured I'd show him the pink '60 Mercury Commuter, or maybe the '66 Lancia Fulvia Berlina GT, both of which live in my neighborhood, but then we happened upon this elderly British immigrant. I tried to play it cool: "Yeah, Ben, MG TDs are as common as Nissan Sentras around here! Move along, nothing to see here!"