Lot 8 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)
Registration No: JRN239S
Chassis No: GHD5-4684939
Mot Expiry: 27 June 2017
'JRN 239S' hails from July 1978 and started life as a standard 1800cc rubber-bumpered Roadster. However, during the vendors 20-year ownership, extensive restoration and conversion have seen it transformed into an MG of very different character. Sporting the strident combination of Vermillion (Orange) bodywork contrasted with Black interior trim, the four-cylinder engine and four-speed gearbox have been ousted in favour of a 3.5-litre Rover V8 unit driving through a five-speed transmission. The brakes and suspension (that now includes an anti-roll bar) have been uprated to suit, and the bodywork converted to chrome bumper specification before being treated to a bare metal respray in the current colour. The vendor variously classes the paintwork as 'excellent', the bodywork as 'very good', the engine and transmission as 'good', and the interior trim as 'average', and is offering the Roadster complete with electronic ignition, tonneau cover and wind deflector. The car MG never made.