HISTORY FILE – First registered on the 15th August 1973, our example shows just 3 owners, the final custodian owning the car since 1993. An earlier, but comprehensive Heritage Shell restoration in 1994, the last owner has clearly cherished the car since and continued to maintain it to a high standard, confirmed by a no-compromise lead free conversion in 1999. The car has been used regularly in the last 20 years but, sparingly, covering an average of just 800 miles per year. The vehicle file confirms this beautifully with plenty of invoices confirming the documented low mileage for this 40 plus year old car. An honest classic ‘matching numbers’ MG ready for a good home.
EXTERIOR – This Heritage Shell British Leyland Midget dates back to 1993 and was of course waxoyl treated and undersealed. Finished in Aconite (purple) code BLVC 95; considering the paintwork is over 20 years old, the finish is still very good and of course with zero corrosion. Again, despite the test of time, all 4 chrome bumpers are still in superb condition. Both side sills are MG factory correct (so many on the market are not!) in black with chrome trim and correct Midget badges. The passenger side still has an original British Leyland badge, which is a nice touch. All window seals are still like new from the restoration; a tiny windscreen chip is evident but difficult to spot. A new hood from the restoration is still almost perfect; both tonneau covers are in good condition.
INTERIOR – The beautifully contrasting Biscuit interior, as one can see from the pre-restoration pictures, has been completely restored to accompany: a new dashboard; original switches and gauges; new head restraints; new seat belts; new carpets; new window seals. This is just a fraction of the detailed restoration information listed in the cars history file, with all work carried out by MG specialist Batemans in Horsham England. The interior is still in remarkable condition considering the restoration took place over 20 years ago. Testament to the previous owners continued up-keep.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION – Our ‘matching numbers’ four cylinder 1275cc engine was completely overhauled during the restoration process. Further documented work in 1999, confirm that the engine was again overhauled, this time for a comprehensive lead free conversion. Just one of the cars highlights, under the bonnet is still nicely detailed and, accompanied of course, with a stainless steel exhaust system.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES – Five ROstyle wheels (Rubery Owen) were completely refurbished during the restoration and are now perhaps showing slight signs of age but, certainly do not detract from the overall great appearance. With such a comprehensive restoration, naturally both front and rear breaking systems were completely overhauled and have of course been continually maintained and documented in the history file.