Sold for £18,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: VOJ 809J
Chassis No: BRA/289/102
Using body moulds taken from a Cobra MkII as its basis, the BRA 289 was among the first evocations to appear on the UK market with over 260 examples being produced from 1981 to 1998. Designed by John Berry and Peter Ibbotson in Doncaster, its bespoke square-section tubular chassis made use of MGB running gear (front suspension, steering, rear axle etc) and was clothed in lightweight fibreglass. Rover’s delicious sounding, all-alloy 3.5 litre V8 engine was the powerplant of choice often allied to five-speed manual transmission. A power to weight ratio of over 200bhp per ton was readily achievable and fun behind the wheel all but guaranteed if a BRA 289 was built / set-up correctly.
An accompanying photo album shows the care and consideration that Rodney Rushton of The Laleham Forge & Engineering Company put into constructing this particular example. Displayed at the National Component Car Show mid-build, the two-seater is understood to have been fitted with a Rover 3.5 litre V8 engine tuned to circa 225bhp and allied to a strengthened five-speed manual gearbox. Further benefiting from BRA’s optional Handling Pack and an estimated 100 hours of preparation work prior to being painted Ferrari Red, the two-seater also boasted a soft-top, hardtop, tonneau cover and sidescreeens. Interestingly, the MG B Roadster which served as its donor is understood to have appeared in the TV series, Inspector Morse. Sparingly used since being purchased from Classic Cars & Campers Ltd of Herefordshire for £14,900 in June 2019, ‘VOJ 809J’ is now in need of recommissioning. Registered with the DVLA as a BRA / MG 289 MkII, it passed its last MOT test on 26th February 2020 with ‘no advisories’ (less than 200 miles ago). Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, sales invoice and the aforementioned photo album.
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