Ex-works MGA out of 43-year hi­ber­na­tion

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Arare MGA that’s been un­used since 1974 is near­ing the end of its restora­tion in the York­shire-based work­shop of MGA guru, Bob West.

Well-known racer, Ted Lund, bought the car new in 1956 and had it equipped with BMC Com­pe­ti­tion Depart­ment fea­tures, in­clud­ing a Mor­ris ra­di­a­tor’s oil-cooler, ad­di­tional An­drex fric­tion shock ab­sorbers and twin fuel pumps.

Cur­rent owner, David An­der­son, bought it from flat­mate Barry Pax­ton in 1967 for £125 and used it as his daily driver in his stu­dent days and be­yond un­til 1974. At this time, the car was bright yel­low and al­though he was aware that it might have raced, he had no de­tails.

How­ever, he al­ways in­tended to re­store it and con­tacted Bob in 2013. Bob has worked on ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion MGA so he recog­nised NBL’s works ac­ces­sories and was ex­cited to see it be­cause it was be­lieved lost. Al­though it was ex­tremely rusty, and sported a wooden B-pil­lar made by Barry, Bob has saved as much of the car as he could.

The pair are de­ter­mined to re­store it to the ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion it had dur­ing its rally sea­son of 1956 when driven by Lund; pe­riod re­ports in­di­cate he spun on the Hard­knott Pass hill climb but recorded a cred­itable 19.2 sec­onds.

David An­der­son says: ‘ We’re hop­ing to rally the car, and ul­ti­mately we would love to en­ter the Mille Miglia!

‘ We’re also keen to find in­for­ma­tion or pic­tures per­tain­ing to NBL 273 and to iden­tify pre­vi­ous own­ers af­ter Ted Lund sold the car in the Lan­cashire/Wal­lasey area in 1958.’

Ted Lund and pas­sen­ger tackle the 1956 MCC Rally in Hast­ings.

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