Here's a car that is quite literally wearing its history. It is a splendidly flawed car, each one telling a story we can only imagine as time went by and its caretakers enjoyed the pleasure of a quintessential British sports car. With a believed 89,000 miles from new, this is a genuine survivor, never taken apart, never restored, but maintained mechanically to serve its purpose. It's not a barn find because as far as we know, it was never stored in a barn. Call it what you want, we think it's pretty cool. The previous long term owner says it's never been painted. We're not sure there hasn't been some paint work on the hood but it clearly seems to be wearing most, if not all, of its original paint. It still has its original door panels, dash covering, and seat upholstery all showing varying degrees of use over time. Like a fine old shotgun that's seen decades of hunting and shows the wear of time but still functions as it should, this car might not look like much to the uninformed person. However, it's been maintained mechanically and all it takes is a turn of the key and push of the starter button to take you back to 1952. It runs very well holding good oil pressure and temperature and drives very nicely on the road. Like many T series MGs, there is some whine in first and reverse gears but it doesn't pop out of gear and the synchromesh on the upper gears is all very good. Its bones are in good order as well. The exposed timbers on the underside are very solid. There's no evidence that the body wood has deteriorated anywhere else either. The doors shut much better than many restored cars we've seen. There are no rust issues in any of the sheet metal. We hope the next caretaker of this car appreciates that they're only original once and decides to preserve it. If not, you probably couldn't find a better foundation for a restoration, but we think this car is for the person who appreciates originality and wants to see the 65 years of history exhibited here continue on.