Corgi model of Don Hayter’s MGB V8 Roadster

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 3rd August 2019

Don Hayter is often described as the father of the MGB and was closely involved with its styling and development after joining the MG design office in February 1956 following a similar role at Aston Martin. He rose to become MG's Chief Engineer, and kept the MGB one step ahead of the ever-changing safety legislation in the seventies, while making a profit for BMC/BL at a time when many other divisions didn't. When MG's Abingdon factory closed in 1980 he sold himself an unused 'development' bodyshell (for £939.55) and 3.5-litre V8 engine, then built himself the only factory-made MGB V8 roadster (factory V8s were all GTs), the last MGB to leave Abingdon. Although the MGB was eighteen years old when MG was unexpectedly closed, Don and his team had been working on an update for the profitable US market using the O-series 2-litre OHC engine (including a very quick O-turbo), larger brakes and other modifications. Twenty or more redundant pilot-build bodyshells were left from this project and it was one of these that Don bought; identifiable because the inner-wing was reshaped for fuel injection. The car also features the first MG-badged rocker covers cast, which had been left unused in…

Streetscene – Mitsubishi GTO

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 28th July 2019

So my wife said "let's pop down to the local garden centre ! " Now if you're into gardening, then this would be a fantastic couple of hours pottering around the plants learning new Latin plant names. To me I enjoy seeing her all excited, planning where we can put this perennial or that dwarf so and so, but I haven't got her enthusiasm. I enjoying looking at the man-sheds and the construction stuff such as the slabs and bricks ! But this visit made my tail wag ! There in the car park was this absolute mint Mitsubishi GTO, which I drooled over. Also known as the 3000GT, it featured a 24v V6 twin turbo engine was threw out 286 bhp with 300 ft lb of torque. Very handy! This 1992 registered model had similar lines to the Toyota Supra and from a distant could be mistaken for one. We didn't get chance to speak to the owners, as I was summoned to load the trolley with some bags of John Innes Potting Compost instead !  

Bristol 405 4 Seater Drophead Coupe – YJH 3 ….. Deja Vu !!!!

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 20th July 2019

Do you ever get that feeling when you go to a classic car show, see a car and know you've seen it before ? Not necessarily at another show, but in a old book, or magazine, or even in an old photo. Well I had this feeling when I saw this lovely 1957 Bristol on display last weekend at the annual Chateau Impney Hill Climb near Droitwich. Had a good look around and it was superb, a proper gentlemen's car just right for driving down old English country lanes to an ancient pub famous for it's home brewed beer. Or even driving down to the family cottage in Dorset for the week and popping into Bovingdon Tank Museum to see nephew Rupert and his brand new Centurion tank. My mind is wandering now, thinking of all the journey's this glorious Bristol has travelled ! But I knew I'd seen this car somewhere before and then it dawned on me. I'd bought a collection of photos a few years ago from lady who was selling up her late father's estate. He'd been an avid car enthusiast and also a long distance lorry driver. His camera always went with him in his…

Streetscene – AC Bristol

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 4th July 2019

Just drove into the motorway services on my way to work and had the surprise of a lifetime. This polished metal AC Bristol was just siting there ! It had it's tonneau cover on while it's owner was queuing up for a McDonald's breakfast muffin ! Originally launched in 1953 as the AC Ace with a 2 litre 6 cylinder engine producing 100 bhp, it was followed in 1956 by a Bristol engined  version developing 120 bhp and a 0-60 mph under 10 seconds, which was pretty quick for the mid 1950's !  It was later developed into the AC Cobra by Caroll Shelby using a Ford V8 engine. Price wise ? Well we've just seen one for sale on the internet for £300,000 !!! Mind how you go !