An As­ton V8 with po­ten­tial and pro­bate sale pair of MGBS

Classic Cars (UK) - - Month In Cars -

Could this garage-find V8 be one of the last As­ton bar­gains? It’s a 1973 ex­am­ple that’s been in the same own­er­ship since 1986, when the mileage read 62,860. It cov­ered just 9000 fur­ther miles be­fore it was parked up in 1997 when the owner and his fam­ily moved to France. Some­how the As­ton never joined them, re­main­ing in a Dorset garage buried un­der boxes, un­til it was un­earthed in late 2017. It’s go­ing for sale at South West Ve­hi­cle Auc­tions in Poole on Jan­uary 26 with an es­ti­mate of £22k-£26k.

A small amount of recom­mis­sion­ing work has been done, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing, clean­ing and treat­ing the fuel tank, and the car will start, though ap­par­ently it’s run­ning rich so that Bosch me­chan­i­cal fuel in­jec­tion may re­quire work. The brakes need at­ten­tion, the his­tory has gone miss­ing and the car is be­ing sold as a restora­tion project. Its chances of re­main­ing a bar­gain de­pend on whether it needs a full re­build, or if it’s solid enough to es­cape as a tatty smoker with a brake re­build and proper ser­vice. If not, in the same sale are two MGB road­sters – a MKI from 1965 in black and a MKII 1967 ex­am­ple in green. Both are non­run­ners for sale at no re­serve. The 1965 car may fetch more as its age makes it a po­ten­tial ba­sis for an FIA race car. They are the first con­sign­ment from a large, long-stored col­lec­tion now be­ing sold as pro­bate; oth­ers were be­ing pho­tographed and ex­tracted as this is­sue went to press and will fea­ture next month be­fore their sale in April.

Does this As­ton need a full restora­tion, or could it be fet­tled and run as a swag­ger­ing smoker?

Delip­i­dated MGB MKII needs a ded­i­cated new owner

Pre-1966 MKI MGB has FIA rac­ing po­ten­tial

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