ENGINE 1097cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 55bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 61lb ft@2750rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 88mph 0-60MPH 19.4sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 27-31mpg TRANSMISSION FWD, four-speed manual MoT 12 months from sale ODOMETER 52,600 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
This MG is a delight to drive, the controls all being light and predictable. The hydrolastic suspension gives the usual floaty, feather bed ride with excellent roadholding and body control, even when pushed hard through corners or over bad surfaces. The engine is sweet, idles quietly and revs as smoothly as any A-series does. The rather low-geared steering is remarkably light and has a taxi-like turning circle. There is no play at all in the system and you can feel every movement from the wheels through the steering wheel. The manual gear shift clicks positively into each ratio, but the change feels a little rubbery – which is completely normal. The brakes, while perfectly acceptable for this era of car, are less powerful than the uninitiated might have expected of an MG.
The bodywork, which was restored in 2009, is in excellent condition. A new rear subframe was fitted at the same time and the two-tone paint has a smooth finish and deep shine, with only a couple of small chips and scratches to be seen. The window rubbers are very good and a look under the car shows that it has been undersealed. The chrome grille and front bumper are lovely, but the rear bumper has some surface pitting. The 12-inch Camac tyres have good tread but look like they’ve been on the car for a long time.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
It’s not clear if the seats have been recovered or are just exceptional survivors, because the blue vinyl is in fantastic shape with virtually no wear and just a little stretch on the driver’s squab. The detailed door cards are also excellent, although the driver’s door bin covering has worn off at the front. The original carpets are a bit faded and the driver’s side has worn thin in spots, but it’s presentable overall. The wooden dash is near perfect with glossy lacquer, no cracks and a good top. Static seat belts are fitted in the front only.
UNDER THE BONNET
This is the least cosmetically restored part of the car, with a clean but unpainted engine block and paint flaking from the bulkhead and inner wings. The engine was rebuilt in 2011, and the service history suggests that its twin SU carburettors are fitted to a Downton Engineering cylinder head. The lively performance would appear to back this up. Mechanically, the car feels very healthy indeed and there are no leaks.
THE CCW VIEW
Having only had one owner until last year and a thorough restoration not many years (and miles) ago, this two-owner MG is a great proposition; an entertaining classic that’s good to drive. Fit rear seat belts and it would be an ideal spacious family classic. Matt Richardson
PROS Great condition, good to drive CONS Minor age-related interior wear
ASKING £4850 PRICE