Chang­ing gear a shift too far

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

It beats me why MGB own­ers are so keen to fit MX-5 gear­boxes – es­pe­cially when the kit is two-and-a-half grand – when a fac­tory fit­ment over­drive box is avail­able.

Granted, the Lay­cock over­drive had a rep­u­ta­tion for un­re­li­a­bil­ity, but the ma­jor­ity of prob­lems, leg­end has it, were traced to sim­ple elec­tri­cal faults – and the unit gave six for­ward ra­tios. Plus, what could be cooler than a James Bond­style gear­knob switch to change gear? D Wil­liams, by email

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