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46 Pre­view – Bon­hams at Good­wood 47 Auc­tion View by Richard Hud­son-Evans 48 Au­to­mo­bilia 48 Auc­tions cal­en­dar 48 Auc­tions list­ings

If you’re look­ing for an ex­am­ple of Abing­don’s baby grand tourer we reckon you’ll strug­gle to find a bet­ter ex­am­ple than this one. The car’s been in the pos­ses­sion of its cur­rent cus­to­dian since 1989, and in that time it’s had a stag­ger­ing £47k in re­pairs lav­ished on it. A full restora­tion by Rees Brothers in 2006 in­cluded re­con­struct­ing this MG’s orig­i­nal shell by hand – ap­par­ently a Her­itage shell, a pop­u­lar route for MGB re­stor­ers, wasn’t con­sid­ered to be of a high enough qual­ity for the car’s ex­act­ing owner. At the same time a re­con­di­tioned en­gine and gear­box were fit­ted. It’s Damask Red rather than the orig­i­nal Tar­tan Red hue and the heated rear screen de­vi­ates from the fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion, but it’s a fine ex­am­ple of money-no-ob­ject MG restora­tion. Since its over­haul it’s been kept in dry stor­age, and only cov­ered 1000 miles. Is it the best ‘B GT out there?

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