Sea­side MGB Roadster given new lease on life

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News -

maka Clas­sic Cars in Blen­heim and its team of re­stor­ers have lifted the cov­ers off their lat­est com­pleted pro­ject — a res­cued MGB Roadster. The first MGB rolled off the fac­tory line over 50 years ago in 1962, with pro­duc­tion of the quin­tes­sen­tial pint-sized clas­sic end­ing in 1974. They still com­mand in­ter­est to­day, with many prais­ing their chuck­able han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics and charm­ing looks. Pre­vi­ously owned by Marl­bor­ough na­tive Tom Kennedy, this MGB lived for quite some time in an open car­port in Ngakuta Bay near the sea. It was fully op­tioned, with nu­mer­ous ad­di­tional fea­tures — in­clud­ing a rare full hard­top. Tom loved his MGB, but it needed an injection of TLC — which is where Omaka Clas­sic Cars came in. The team re­moved the mo­tor and the gear­box, be­fore com­pletely strip­ping the MG of its com­po­nents — in­clud­ing the dash­board and wiring loom — to give it a new lick of paint in its orig­i­nal colour. All its nuts and bolts were re­plated or cleaned, its rubber seals, car­pets, and in­te­rior were re­placed, its rear brakes were over­hauled, and shiny new chrome trim was ap­plied. Thanks to Omaka Clas­sic Cars, as well as help from Ally Broughton Painters, Paul Wal­bran Mo­tors, and Marl­bor­ough Mo­tor Trim­mers, this MGB Roadster has a vi­brant new lease on life. Un­for­tu­nately Tom passed away be­fore he could see his old gem bounce back to be­come a fight­ing-fit ex­am­ple of the breed, but he would no doubt be very ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­forts made to help it re­claim its for­mer glory, en­sur­ing its abil­ity to tackle roads across the coun­try for the next 50 years. The spe­cial MGB will be on dis­play un­til Oc­to­ber 26 of Labour Week­end, so to see it, and more than 50 other beau­ti­ful clas­sic cars, check out the Omaka Clas­sic Cars col­lec­tion on Aero­drome Road, Blen­heim — open 10am– 4pm, seven days a week. For more in­for­ma­tion, head to the web­site, omaka­clas­s­ic­cars.co.nz.

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