I agree that they're kind of dumpy looking, especially for Peter Stevens designs. But then again, MG has never been big on visual continuity. The TC/D/F looked nothing like the A, and the Midget and B were both total departures from the A. Also, this car (originally the MGF) was designed by the husk of the company that shuttered MG in 1980, before the BMW takeover. So in that respect reviving MG is not as aesthetically daunting as reviving Triumph, which had basically two bodystyles (TR-2/3/3A and TR-4/4a/5 250/6) in 30 years. (I trust that you don't mind my pretending that the TR-7/8 never happened...) As long as a car is cheap, cheerful, and fun to drive it can still be a perfectly valid MG, I think. And plastichrome is, unfortunately, the way of moderns. Probably for safety reasons in part. And it has to be much cheaper. But regardless, my opinion is that a well-built midengined roadster with similar performance/practicality and superior fuel economy to a Miata is something that I could get really interested in, in a hurry.