This MG special was designed and built by retired engineer Paul Scott in the 1980’s. The basis of the car was a 1969 MG B from where many of the component parts came, these were built into a bespoke expertly engineered and constructed box frame chassis with a fibre glass body and a hand made aluminium bonnet. The front and rear axles are standard MG, independent front with a live rear but with adjustable dampers the brakes are disc front and drums rear. Into this an MG / Rover 3.5 ltr V8 was fitted, a rare high compression block with Kent ‘fast road’ cams fed through a 4 barrel Holley carburettor and Offenhauser inlet manifold. This motor also has a Malory competition distributor Axcel coil and an external oil filter. The flywheel was lightened and balanced and mated to a 5 speed Rover Vitesse gearbox.
Purchased by an Italian collector and restorer in 2005 the engine was completely rebuilt at no expense in their own workshop, the radiator was also re-cored with a larger unit to aid cooling and a new hand made four in to one exhaust was fitted each side. This work was meticulously done, flexible racing hoses are used throughout with anodised aluminium hose ends and the alloy fuel tank was recently overhauled, repaired and repainted. The car sits on 72 spoke wire wheels that where also recently rebuild by MWS.
As you can imagine the car does not weigh much and so the performance is staggering, the engine is in perfect running condition and the sound is simply glorious. The interior is quite sparse but has plenty of room, the hand made racing style seats are covered in red leather and are still in good order, there is a very nice vintage 8 day Master Time Tag Heuer stopwatch attached to the dashboard. Weather gear includes tonneau cover and canvas side screens that can be stowed away with the spare wheel in a locked compartment behind the seats there is also a master battery switch and fuel tap.
In all this is a very special ‘special’ a completely unique car, the V8 motor is very flexible, it will happily cruse to the shops, sit on the motorway or thunder up a mountain pass as the handling and traction are good, it is excellent condition throughout having been maintained well over the years and is supplied with a current MoT, UK V5C registration document and photos detailing the engine rebuild.