I bought this car with the intention of taking it to the next level but other more pressing projects have taken way!
The car has an MOT with no advisories from 18th June (and the car is of course both Tax and MOT exempt), but please bear in mind that I’m selling this car as a rolling restoration project car. It is not a fully restored concourse example – otherwise I would be asking twice as much!
The car has had a great deal of work carried out over recent years by MG specialists, including:
· Full front suspension rebuild with new stub axles, V8 bushes fitted, new trunnions and king pins, new wheel bearings, track rod ends, etc
· Unleaded cylinder head fitted
· New fuel tank, lines, sender etc fitted
· Lumenition electronic ignition fitted
· New exhaust system (steel – they sound better!)
· New alternator, new batteries
· New Minator alloy wheels fitted (set of 5)
· New clutch master and slave cylinder
· Innertia reel belts fitted
· … and much, much more!
The car was in the previous owner’s hands from 2011, and the owner prior to him took care of the car from 1994. I have mounds of bills and receipts dating back to the mid 1980s – the car has only had 5 previous keepers from new.
Prior to recent works, the car had further restoration in the 1990s, which has included new sills and various other repairs, which appear to have been done to a good standard.
The car requires cosmetic attention. The bodywork is mainly straight and sound, but a past respray hasn’t been done to the best standard so there is some rust bubbling coming through on the wingtop seams, etc. However the seams etc appear nice and solid from underneath so anyone that is handy with paintwork could prep the car for respray relatively straightforwardly. The rest of the panelwork isn’t too bad at all, as you can see in the pictures – but again, please don’t expect perfection! The new owner may wish to have the car repainted, or you could quite happily use the car as it is. The external brightwork is particularly good – the grille and bumpers are in very good order with little pitting.
The interior is nice and tidy - some cosmetic care here would work wonders, and further increase the car's value for little outlay. The carpets are in excellent order, a new centre console has been fitted, the seats have been recovered with good quality replacements, and it’s a nice place to be. The hood is a fabric type, which fits well and has been painted with fabric restorer – again, fully functional but not brand new!
Mechanically, the car appears to be in fine fettle – oil pressure is excellent, and water temperature is just where it should be. I've done a compression test and they're all good, too. The car ticks over healthily and pulls strongly. Lumenition electronic ignition has been fitted. Overdrive is fitted and functions fine, and the gearbox is nice and tight with no apparent synchromesh issues. However, the car has done minimal mileage over recent years, due to the previous owner’s health, so the brakes are a bit sticky and I would recommend stripping or replacement of the front calipers, and perhaps a couple of brake hoses too. Remember – parts for these cars are readily available and cheap, too!
Structurally, the car appears to be solid where it needs to be – I suppose it wouldn’t have got an MOT if it wasn’t! There may be some minor bits and bobs to sort, but again, there is nothing drastic that I have spotted.
All in all - It’s no trailer queen, but with some cosmetic work, the value could be increased substantially – don’t forget, whatever money you put into a solid example, you’ll get more out when you come to sell (and then some!). Unless you are local I would suggest collection by trailer etc would be sensible, just because of the slightly sticky brakes – I can also provide quotes to have the car delivered to you after you’ve been to view it.
If the car does not sell in the current condition we will be doing the work and relisting for £9-10k.
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