BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR Supercharged MG
Once again, we take a peek at a handful of your ongoing classic car restoration projects
After seeing the MG LE50 built by Frontline Developments in the UK, the owner of this MG decided to see if he could do a better job using, essentially, all MG parts but taking advantage of the latest technology.
The engine is the original 1800 B-series unit that has been bored +40 and completely rebuilt from the ground up with the addition of a Moss MGB supercharger in mind.
The rest of the drivetrain, including the gearbox and rear axle, has also been completely rebuilt using mainly new parts.
Frontline introduced the colour California Sage Green with its MG LE50, and, although this is really an Aston Martin colour, the Kiwi builder has happily accepted the precedent.
The work has been carried out by Neville Lucas at the MG Shop (since renamed ‘MG Classic Cars’) in Mount Maunganui. Neville and his team have been working on the car since October 2011.
Perhaps this MG’S most dramatic aspect are its dashboard, centre console, and gear knob, which were originally going to be woodgrained by Weta Workshop (the owner’s daughter worked in the paint department for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies), but the owner changed their mind on discovering the water-