Heritage Bodyshell BGTs are very few and far between – particularly cars which have been built with a high degree of care and attention. This car has been built to a very high standard and is a great investment - prices of these cars are certainly on the rise. I challenge you to find a nicer Heritage bodyshell car for less money!
The car was built in the mid-nineties using a heritage shell, supplied by the Sprite, Midget and MGB centre. Considering it’s now over twenty years since the restoration was done, it still looks very fresh – testament to the quality of work carried out at the time. The car is finished in Flame Red – positively more pillar-box than any other MG colour, including Tartan!
The majority of components have been either refurbished or replaced with new items – not always the case with some Heritage builds! The car was painted professionally when the rebuild was done, and has lasted superbly. There is absolutely no bubbling on the wing-top seams an the car has an even and deep finish throughout. Obviously because the paint has been on it for so long, there are a few minor marks here and there so please don’t expect it to be a concourse show car – if that was the case, I’d be asking £14, 000! However I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. If you’re after a solid, reliable car that you’re not afraid to take on club runs and touring, then this is probably the car for you.
It’s worth noting that the bonnet, doors and bootlid were all new panels at the time of the build – something that wasn’t usually the case on these earlier Heritage builds. The chromework is in good order all round and fits well.
Structurally, of course, thanks to the new shell, it’s all fine with no welding repairs anywhere. I’m sure it’ll be great for many years to come! It has been carefully undersealed throughout (including in the bonnet double skin, door hinge area etc), so the metal underneath is really nice and solid.
The interior is in good order. The seat covers are in great condition, as are the door cards, dashboard, etc. A brand new sliding sunroof was fitted at the time of the build, at great expense – and the outer vinyl and interior headlining is in excellent order.
The engine bay is very clean indeed - the paint on the inner wings is as good as the paint on the outside of the car. A good clean and quick detail would have it looking absolutely fantastic without too much effort.
Mechanically, all appears to be in fine fettle. I drove the car back from London (250 miles) without any worries, and it used no oil or water. Suspension and brakes are all in good order. The car drives nicely - here is no slop in the drivetrain - it’s a joy to drive! The car stops very well, thanks to a fitted servo (note how nicely the brake pipes have been bent, in the pictures!). Like I said, the car has been built with fantastic attention to detail.
The engine fires up readily thanks to a 12v battery conversion and electronic ignition, and ticks over with good oil pressure. A ‘Stage 2’ cylinder head has been fitted at a cost of £550, making it slightly quicker than most – and more economical too! You’ll see in the pictures that K&N air filters are also fitted. A Kenlowe fan has also been fitted, but even stuck in M6 traffic, the fan didn’t kick in – it runs just as it should without even the thought of overheating. An over-ride switch is fitted to turn the fan on at any time, if required.
The overdrive performs flawlessly and there are no whines from the gearbox or rear axle, either. All of the electrics work correctly, and the car benefits from a Halogen headlamp conversion. Minilite style wheels are fitted all round (including spare), and are shod with Goodyear tyres.
Other recent works include:
· Replacement clutch slave cylinder and pipe
· Gearbox oil change and overdrive oil filter service
· New rear suspension U bolts
· Gas struts fitted to rear parcel shelf
· New hoses all round
· New steering rack bushes
· 12v battery conversion with new battery
· New Goodyear tyres
There is a nice chunk of history for the car – including every single MOT from new! I have the receipt for the body shell, along with various other bits and bobs, which includes a Heritage Certificate.
I am sure that any viewer will not be disappointed. MOT until next May (but of course, no longer required by law!), and the car is, of course, tax exempt. A new, bare, unpainted bodyshell is now over £11, 000+VAT, so this represents a fantastic bargain. To build a car the same as this would require something in the region of £20-25k at the very least.
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