Is this the best example of an MGTC in existence ? We at Country Classic Cars consider this to be so. This vehicle has to be seen to appreciated, the restoration process is without doubt a credit to the engineers and people who have restored this vehicle. Nothing has been overlooked, no cost spared the quality and finish to detail is exemplary.
Outstanding in all respects, apart from a full and through restoration the vehicle contains modern upgrades which the ‘purist’ may consider is wrong but it makes for through enjoyable motoring and should the new Custodian require the vehicle to be reverted back to totally originality this will be easily achieved.
The restoration process is to lengthy to go into full detail, however to wet ones appetite we list some of the history of the car. This is supported by a full and documented history supported by photographic inventory.
- Purchased by an Elite classic car collector in1992 on a whim as it was identical in colour and model to his very first car
- The owner passed the vehicle onto his Stepfather in 1993 and set about the restoration but eventually became to frail to enjoy the MG and passed it back in 2004. During this period the owner had spent £7,730.62 on the restoration, a sizable sum of money at the time.
- The vehicle was stripped, panels repaired, taken back to bare metal, re-painted in two coats of etch primer, three coats of two pack primer and four coats of top coat. This work was carried out by Keson Klassics.
- The engine was re-built by Barry Walker
- Steering box re-built by Chris Howard Cars
- New hood, side screens and half tonneau in double duck trim by Taylor Coach Trimming
- Complete stainless steel exhaust
The vehicle then became subjected to further restoration comprising of the following:
- Complete re-trim of the interior to include cushioning and full leather to seats, all interior panels and door trims and the under dashboard apron.
- New full tonneau
- New carpet set
- New gearbox and tunnel cover
- The entire array of chrome component’s including nuts, bolts, screws and washers were stripped, re-polished and re-chromed by the notable London & Brighton Plating Company
- Lamps re-silvered
- Brakes re-built
- All instruments professionally re-built to as new condition
- Five new tyres with less than 100 miles
- Wheels completely re-conditioned and painted in two-pack
It is worth noting at this stage that during the period between 1992-2012 the vehicle has covered less than 1500 miles
In 2012 a new Custodian acquired the vehicle, (an existing customer of Country Classic Cars). Incredibly further work was carried out on this vehicle comprising of :
- A complete new wiring loom in the correct cotton braided cable including ‘indicators’ within loom and dashboard loom supplied by Autosparks ltd
- Replaced front indicator units with ‘SVVS’ twin filament sidelight conversion. Fitted discrete toggle switches for indicators under dash with lamp/buzzer
- VW steering box and column conversion supplied by Wagner-Neu-Anspach. This conversion whilst can be reverted back to the original as the parts are with the car it transforms the steering
- Brake servo fitted under rear luggage area.
- Fitted heater
- Fitted full harness seat belts
- Fitted new luggage rack
- Fitted new under dash
- Fitted Oil Can on bulkhead
The above is just a ‘taster’ of the restoration work carried out to achieve in our opinion the very very, very best MGTC probably in the world.
- Floor Mats
- Leather Package
- Manual Transmission
1250 CC 4 speed gearbox with servo assisted braking