It’s not often that you see a Rubber Bumper Midget that has been restored to such a high standard. This car represents a fantastic investment for the future – I’d say that the value of the rubber bumper cars is currently rising more quickly than for the chrome bumpered examples!
This car has MOT until August 2018, and has covered only 4000 miles since the full rebuild – and it’s never been out in the wet! The underside is incredibly clean, as you’ll see in the pictures.
This car was extensively restored in the hands of the previous owner, who had discovered that his original bodyshell was too far gone to economically restore. In 2004, the new British Motor Heritage supplied shell and all new external panels were delivered straight to the local MG specialist and was painted to an incredibly high standard and all panel gaps made as good as possible. It was then carefully rust proofed, with all cavities injected with wax.
From there, most parts were replaced – the original engine was professionally rebuilt, and most of the fixtures and fittings have been replaced. It’s not the usual Heritage car that has had a load of tarted up, used parts fitted – you’ll struggle to find a nicer car.
Mechanically, the car is excellent. Oil pressure is fantastic, and the car drives very nicely. All new suspension and brakes were fitted, and the car was returned to chrome bumper ride height, to lose the wallow that the later cars are renowned for. Therefore, it looks much more squat, and a lot better for it too! The Rostyle wheels were blasted and painted before being fitted with all-new Goodyear tyres all round.
The engine bay is also very clean and tidy, and could be detailed even further. Any parts fitted were either painted or powdercoated. All new ancillaries have been fitted, including an oil cooler, new starter motor, alternator etc… the list goes on and on! A Kenlowe fan is fitted to assist with cooling in stop-start traffic.
The interior is excellent too – the dashboard was repainted in the correct crackle finish, new carpets and door cards were fitted. The seats are the originals and are in excellent order. The hood is in good condition and is nice and taught, with a clear back window. A hood cover is also included in the sale.
I have lots of bills and receipts, dating from before the reshell, and for works carried out in the 4000 miles since the build was completed. I also have the receipt for the bodyshell from British Motor Heritage.
If you’re looking for a well-sorted car, then this is most likely the car for you! Considering a new bodyshell is now £9250+VAT, plus painting, it represents absolutely fantastic value for money. To build a car of this specification would require in excess of £20,000 today.
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