MG 1100

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

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

BODY­WORK CHECK

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

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