An Aston V8 with potential and probate sale pair of MGBS
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