|Posted on September 21, 2012 at 5:20 AM|
We've just returned from another manic weekend at the circuit-des-Remparts in Angouleme and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was glorious and there were two really strong grids of interesting pre-war cars. It was a real struggle for me to be ready in time but "Big Red" as she's become known was worth the wait and looked every bit the part in the pitlane:
As it transpired it was a weekend of highs and lows for several people with only 4 of the circa 20 pre-war cars making it all the way to the end and sadly my car wasn't amongst them - she decided to split an oil pipe in the first session. Luckily no damage was done and she'll be stronger for it, her new owner is looking forward to using her for hill climbs and sprints and I'm sure he won't be disappointed - she goes very well indeed.
It was also nice to see one of our Q-Type kits on the track in the form of Josh Longbottom's blue MG TA / Q-Type car. Josh did well in his first outing in a pre-war car (talk about in at the deep end!) and looked good value for 3rd until a fueling issue halted his race (although it was also the car's first use in anger). One thing I quickly learned was that racing can be as frustrating as it can be good but the highs justify the lows! I'm sure he'll be a force in years to come one both he and the car have had time to settle in to the idea. Here they are pictured with my son Luke before leaving the pits.
With "Big Red" completed I will be turning my focus back to car sales in the coming months and am looking forward to another busy year. I hope to be taking my own TB to Angouleme 2013, now there's just the small issue of putting it back together..
|Posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM|
By the time I managed to put this car up for sale there was already a gentleman waiting outside my front door wanting to buy it, must be worthy of a mention on the blog then! So nice to see a fully restored MG TC done to such a high standard and I am pleased that it has gone to a gentleman with an engineering background who can keep her on song. I must also say that it is nice to sell a car to a local gent, as I have been spending a lot of time on the road recently.
The new owner was able to confirm to me that the car was, as suspected, another University Motors supplied example - that's two in a row now! Actually, in a strange coincidence it transpired that he knew one of the former keepers listed on the Buff log book, another local man. Quite strange given that I had fetched the car from Northern Ireland. Maybe it is a small world after all. The cars for sale page is looking a bit lean at the moment with all attention being focused on "Mean Greenie" and "Big Red", I will post some photographs of the progress on "Mean Greenie" shortly. It's been quite a transformation with the engine and gearbox now sitting neatly in the car. That said "Big Red" has been the real change and I can now unveil the new body design for the first time. Love to hear your thoughts.
|Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM|
Now sold, this 1948 MG TC which had been subject to a lengthy and expensive bare chassis rebuild. Required paint, trim & wiring to complete. A beautiful project for someone to take on, with much of the hard work already done. All panels had been repaired and fitted and the car also benefitted from a new body tub and chrome work. The gauges and,engine had been rebuilt, the car had new tyres..the list went on and on. Well over £10,000 must have been spent by the time it reached us meaning all that was left to do was to choose the colour & trim (well, almost!). A lovely genuine UK car, sold with V5 and original registration. I hope we can find more like her.
|Posted on February 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM|
Now sold: One of the rarest of the pre-war MGs and in my opinion one of the best too! I'm sure the new owner will have a lot of fun driving this car, he certainly gave it a vigorous test drive, making the most of the rare Shorrock supercharger.
This was a good example which belonged to a good friend of ours for a number of years. Very correct in terms of detail and will a good patina, lots of old invoices and the original University Motors badge were all present along with a buff log book back to 1958.
|Posted on June 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM|
I'll start with the news of two new arrivals to the sale page. I've acquired a lovely and very original N-Type with all the bits "they" usually steal present and correct. I've some work to do to get her ship shape but I'd take a lower offer beforehand as the building work contiues without mercy. Here she is flying past at speed, sounding and going very well indeed.
In addition to the N Type I have also been reunited with JYA 771, a car which belongs to a close friend of mine. After nearly 20 years of enjoyment he has reluctantly decided to put her up for sale. You can immediately tell that the car has been well loved and looked after. It is in stunning condition, one of the best TCs around and with an excellent and detailed history file.
It has otherwise been a very busy month, the roof is now on the house and I am about to embark upon the joyous process of applying for planning permition for my new garage. Wait and see on that one. I did manage to escape the chaos and make it to Silverstone MG Live!, albeit only as a spectator. It was good to see some familiar faces and watching the racing made me reconsider the specification of my next car.. the red mist is already descending.
In other news I did finally manage to sort out that manifold for the TA / Q with the crossflow cylinder head and volumex blower. A couple of minor modifications have brought a real boost in power. Notably the manifold was altered so that the air / fuel mixture is introduced more evenly across the cylinders, preventing the first two plugs from fouling up. I have made another modification which is equally crucial - no prizes but full kudos for anyone who spots it (no Peter Burgess, it's not your sticker that I'm referring to.. although no man would be wise to doubt the sticker's "go faster stripe" effect).
|Posted on February 7, 2011 at 7:25 AM|
Now sold: this matching numbers car black with red interior. Rebuilt by Ron Gammons himself in 1982, a full "nut and bolt" restoration. The car's history is known to 1978 with a complete MOT history from 1981. Car originally registered 1947 with Derby council. Exhibited at London Classic Motor show in 1995 and Stoneleigh in 2005. Featured in Octagon Bulletin Aug 1993, Classic and Sports car Mar 2005 , La Vie de L’Auto Oct 2009.
|Posted on January 27, 2011 at 8:11 AM|
I was lucky enough to find an MG J2 restoration project. It's becoming increasingly rare to find J2s in this condition and the new owner intends to take full advantage, restoring her to her original swept wing configuration. This car doesn't know how lucky it is!
|Posted on November 8, 2010 at 6:28 AM|
Another car sold, the new owner is sure to restore her to her former glory. A lovely MG TC on a rare registration "2126 E". She had already been given a lot of love care and attention with many rebuilt items and has now found the person with the drive to get her back on the road.
|Posted on October 26, 2010 at 8:23 AM|
Now sold, MG TC. A very original, numbers matching TC with the correct shockers, 30 light, foglight, differential, Collingburn interior, custom made hood.
|Posted on October 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM|
MG TC project for rebuild. A solid car with poor bodywork, in need of a new tub but with many original items and solid, straight chassis. The car is offered for sale fitted with a running XPJM replacement engine from a Morris, an MG crested XPAG block is available. Has the original MG gearbox and differential, working original chronometric gauges set on a correct and complete dashboard. The bonnet and bulkhead are strong as is the radiator shell which will come up nicely.