NOT as a 'trailer queen' but as an impressive road car worthy of most any show and a delight to drive and simply view.......starting point was a car with an excellent body with no indication of plastic filler, very straight, great panel fit, great door fit, excellent wood floors, beautiful deep red paint (look at the photos and see if you agree that the worlds 'laser straight' and 'mirror finish' seem appropriate). All new interior (including seat frames, padding, carpets, etc.) in camel, new (expensive) cloth top and tonneau, new side curtains (with perfect fit).
Rebuilt early 3 bearing MGB engine....physically identical to the original 1600 and even retaining the same block mounted mechanical tach drive (the lack of which easily identifies a later B engine in an MGA; and for the next owner's ego, ground off part of the '8' so the block casting now reads '1600'), rebuilt and detailed twin SUs (early carbs from an MGA), new radiator, twin electrical radiator fans, twin fuel pumps, electronic ignition, everything imaginable for a reliable classic car. And with near 100hp, performance very similar to an MGA twin cam.
New cloth covered wiring harness, all new electrics, new heater core, new hoses and lines, new Aeroquip oil lines and a new oil cooler, rebuilt brakes (disc front), new master cylinder, five new chrome wire wheels with new tubes and tires, carpeted trunk, new door seals, wood steering wheel, new racing seat belts, and.........
New stereo/CD (with Blue Tooth and USB input) with new quality speakers installed in the kick panels, 12v outlet with USB outputs under the dash, top quality luggage rack, H4 halogen headlights wired to the high beam switch via relays, a sensational classic sports car with 110+mph performance, great ride, handling, and (of course) beautiful body lines.
Hard to imagine a better compromise in a classic sports car. Great performance, braking, and handling, easy to service and maintain, parts availability is incredible, and they drive well, look great, and this car has most every option one could imagine.
It only has 46,000 miles since new and throughout, very nice detail work. And the photos tell the rest.