Before buying your wife a new cross-flow Cortina, make her repeat after you: I WLL see the housework’s done before dashing off to show the girls my new Cortina’s chic interior colour scheme. I WILL spend more time behind the wheel of my sewing machine than the padded wheel of my Cortina and running through my smooth automatic transmission. I WILL put up with washday blues before scenic views. I WON”T get parking tickets simply to draw attention to my new Cortina.
I think if I tried to buy my wife a Ford Cortina and asked her to pledge to this she would likely pledge to kill me instead. At least with MG’s she only has to look good.