‘It Might Just Work’

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Mark Fish­pool’s Mgb-based BSA cer­tainly turns heads.

‘Sounds crazy but it might just work...’

I’m a glut­ton for pun­ish­ment, I am. Sim­ple rea­son, I love sav­ing old cars. This one is no ex­cep­tion. It should have gone for scrap. I was at a farm buy­ing some­thing else when I saw it in the cor­ner of an old barn. Many years ago it had been caught in a hor­rific fire and com­pletely burnt out. All that was left was the body, chas­sis and en­gine re­ally.

I took pity on it and bought it. At that point I didn’t re­ally know what I wanted to do with it, but I soon had the idea. I would keep it look­ing the same as it did when I found it and put the run­ning gear from a ter­mi­nally-rot­ten MGB un­der it. A full restora­tion would have cost hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds… this one has cost me un­der three! And what you see is the car telling its story. There is a new dash in it, the MGB en­gine and run­ning gear makes it stop and go re­ally well and the in­te­rior is ac­tu­ally very comfy. The hes­sian sack trim takes a bit of get­ting used to but it is re­ally nice to sit on. Ev­ery­where it goes it gets loads of at­ten­tion, it’s the car that re­fused to die – and as a BSA it is rare. It would have been sent to the crusher if I hadn’t in­ter­vened, so I don’t feel any guilt about not restor­ing it, and if it in­spires peo­ple to see what is pos­si­ble then that’s no bad thing. It’s even won a few prizes!

HOW MUCH Cost is un­der £3000 in­clud­ing pur­chase price.

HOW MAD Not mad at all. It makes peo­ple smile and the kids love it. HOW HAPPY I’m al­ways happy!

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