SOTW: MG 1100
Not the most glamorous Shed ever, but a pretty cool 'starter' classic...
We won't call this MG 1100 a 'time warp' car - because it is very obviously a little dog-eared - but it does seem to have a genuinely low mileage of 23,000, a single owner for the past five decades and has never been restored. All of which makes it quite remarkable for £995, we reckon.
Of course, if this was PH circa 1975 (forgetting for a moment the fact that the webnet had not even been conceived), this would be rather like featuring a decade-old Focus today. But age does odd things to cars.
You see, though the ADO16 (Austin Drawing Office project number 16, don'tcha know), known variously as the Morris 1100, Austin 1100, Riley Kestrel, Vanden Plas Princess, Wolseley 1100 and MG 1100 was consistently one of the best sellers of the 1960s and therefore the essence of mundane, today it's a comparative rarity.
Redline 7000 and you've got quite a desirable starter classic.
The only question is what you'd do with it. Obviously we don't mean take it to the first available run-what-ya-brung at Santa Pod, but it's a valid point. So would you keep it on a shoestring, true Shed style, or would you buy and give her a light resto? Choices, choices...
Advert is reproduced below
1966 MG 1100 - RARE EARLY MODEL, ONE OWNER, LOW MILES! For Sale
Now this car has NO PREVIOUS OWNERS and until I discovered it, had belonged to the same chap from the day it left the showroom. The mileage of 23,000 is believed to be correct. I gave this honest old girl a good check over before purchase and also asked that it be sent for an MoT as it had been off the road and in his garage since 2002. It needed 4 new tyres and otherwise sailed through the MoT. It looks to be excellent underneath, as well as in the boot, the engine bay and underneath the original – if somewhat tired – carpets.
She drives really well and pulls like a train with that twin carb (correct spec on these models) engine.
Now I would describe this is an honest old car. It’s like finding an “old car” long before the days of any real classic car scene. That is to say that it’s the sort of car you used to see on the road in the late 1960s – a bit dog-eared around the corners and a bit scabby, but genuine with no attempts to bodge or fill.
There’s blebbing to the paint in some areas and a small prang just behind the offside rear door where it looks as though the old guy caught it on something. But I stress this is an unrestored car and a car that was kept as transport for 36 years until it was stored away. And it’s the 36 years, coupled with the 23,000 miles and the one owner that leads me to believe that the mileage is probably correct.
Delivery can be arranged at £1.20 per mile based on one way. Thanks. Martin (07595-020282)