An extremely clean one owner V8 version of the iconic British 2 door sports car. With nearly £20,000 spent across a 5 year period extensively restoring, not only the fantastic bodywork but also fully rebuilding the wonderful V8 engine replacing pistons, cams and bearings. What an example, we challenge you to find a better one.
HISTORY FILE & DOCUMENTATION
This fantastic V8 MG comes with a good deal of back-up documentation including the original purchase invoice from Wadham Stringer (Waterloo) Ltd on the 1st of May 1974, the original “Passport to Service”, loads of previous MOT’s and a photographic journey of the five year restoration. The one and only owner was very meticulous amassing two folders of paperwork, in fact the two folders of history show that the vehicle was taken off the road between 2001 and 2010, firstly being stored and then in 2005 subject to almost £20,000 being spent on what can only be described as a full nut and bolt restoration, the paperwork is literally endless showing that there really was no expense spared bringing this car back to life.
In Harvest Gold with the V8 is in fantastic condition as the previous body restoration was clearly carried out to a high standard and is not showing any signs of wear, with lovely brightwork that was replaced during the restoration you really do not need to do anything but admire and enjoy this wonderful example.
Someone once said it is only original once, apart from the period replacement carpets the interior is completely original but you would be hard pushed to explain how it has stayed in such great condition, the black cloth seats are not showing any wear and tear with no rips, splits or scuffs and the dash, door cards and roof lining have all held up extremely well for a car that is over 40 years.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
What can be said about the superb aluminium block and cylinder head V8 that has not already been said, all we know is it is an absolute hoot to drive. The document pack also tells us that the engine received a £1500 overhaul approximately 4000 miles ago. The extensive engine rebuild included replacing all eight pistons and rings, the main and big end bearings, all eight exhaust valves, the camshaft and sixteen cam followers. At the same time the clutch was replaced. As you expect with the extensive refurbishment work carried out the engine pulls through every gear as it should, the gearbox is nice and tight and it drives superbly well whether gently driving around town or getting a little heavy footed on dual carriageways, we just cannot recommend that you come and test drive this car enough!
WHEELS, TYRES, BRAKES, etc.
The original and correct Dunlop ventilated cast alloy centred wheels look lovely and are wearing deep treaded matching Firestone tyres, with new shock absorbers, brake disks and pads fitted at the same time as the extensive restoration you can be confident that it will drive and stop exactly as it should.
There are separate invoices on file for almost every consumable item including two new premium batteries in June this year, giving you peace of mind and confidence that this really is one of the best examples of this iconic car that you will find, a bold claim when you think how many of these, 681 at the last count, are still on the road. Any buyer can take confidence that all the well-known issues with MG’s have been dealt with. There is also evidence on file the previous owner was a Member of the MG Owners Club. Always a good sign that someone cared about this lovely car.