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Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by Duehew on Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:14 pm

I have noticed there are some confusion between the two models. As shown the Saxon has no fender flares and door handles are more like the original Austin Healeys and the dash is more to the original.

The Sebring MX is very different with fender flares and much different dash more like the later 3000's. See JPG files I tried to upload the original PDF files but they would not load. Hope these help.


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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by David V. on Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:33 pm

Now the all so important question.... would saxon doors, with the correct Healey door handles, fit on a Sebring... That would be interesting...
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by Duehew on Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:17 pm

That would be an interesting question.

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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by David V. on Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:22 pm

Anyone around here with a saxon that would care to provide some measurements?

I always wanted to mod my doors to have correct door handles. Did not know the Saxons were different.
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by aronhk_md on Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:48 pm


Just read this, and saw the pamphlet for the MX above.  It says "All new for 1989..."  But the receipt for my car says, "Saxon Flair Fender Kit" and was signed by Charles Rutherford on 7/28/85.  Interesting. lol  So they had the kit with flared fenders earlier but it was still considered a Saxon.

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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by David V. on Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:21 am

I'd imagine this was maybe a precursor to the "Sebring 5000" which has flares, but not as wide flares as on the MX? For example the same way Sebring International has the SX (Saxon equivalent), TMX (mild flares), TMX (large flares MX equivalent).
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by aronhk_md on Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:54 am

I didnt know there were different sized flares? They look the same to me. Take a look at the pic of my car...

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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by David V. on Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:31 am

I may be completely wrong about this, but i've always though there were two flare styles. They are very very difficult to tell apart. From what I can tell the front flares are the same. Only the rear flares differ. I had to look through quite a few images online before I found a good comparison (I do not own these images, all rights belong to the original authors).

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Although from looking at a bunch of images, i'm starting to doubt myself. Do you guys see a difference too? Or is it a trick of the light?
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by aronhk_md on Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:58 am

I personally think its just angle, lighting and ride height differences. You'd have to rework an entire mold...just for a barely perceptible difference.
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by RJLeppke on Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:35 pm

Hi, I have a Sebring 5000 that I purchased in 1988. It has the flare over the wheel wells. The SAXON did not have any flare. The Sebring 5000 also had the leaf springs. The MX came out in 1989 and had the 9 inch rear end with coil springs. The rear body also is 6 inches wider than the Sebring 5000. They added 3 inches each side over the wheel well to accommodate the 9" rear end. The front body in the MX stayed the same as the Sebring 5000.

I built mine while in Boston but am from North Dakota so had opportunity to visit the factory in Fargo many times.

I am not sure about the date? Or I guess just confused. I was in factory during 1988 and I know they were not making MX's until late in the year. If they had I would have purchased the MX cause I really would have liked the coil springs in rear.

Your Sebring looks great and hope you enjoy it.
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by RJLeppke on Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:59 pm

Sorry, I got side tracked with the different models so did not answer your initial question about door handles. I have some documents in storage that may have some answers. Will see of I can get to them this week.

One other thing related to models. The Parts and Options list for the Sebring in 1987 was titled "Sebring II". The Parts and Option list in 1988-89 was Titled "Sebring 5000". I agree with you, the flare on the Sebring II, Sebring 5000 and Sebring MX is all the same. The only difference is the extra 3" added to each side of the rear over the wheel wells on the MX.
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by aronhk_md on Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:38 pm

Anyone have a rear flare picture of the MX to compare to my 1986 produced "Saxon with flares" above?
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by rverruni on Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:17 pm

Do you know of any contacts in North Dakota that may have parts for an 85 Saxon like a boot to cover top when down? Rich

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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by aronhk_md on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:11 pm

Rich, not going to be easy to find...BUT, if you contact any reputable boat canvas maker in your area they can make a pattern right off your car and make you one. They do it all the time on boats with covers and enclosures.
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Re: Saxon vs Sebring MX

Post by RJLeppke on Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:27 pm

Rich, I do not have any current contacts in Fargo. I am digging through my files from 1988 and am going to try and contact some of those that I met and worked with back then. I am interested in some of the corporate history. If I establish contact I will ask.
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