Am I the only one thinking that Jag could have seen some track action? The track & wheels looked quite a bit wider than normal, plus the ride looked firm as previously mentioned, open carbs, bonnet straps and fruity exhaust.
With the exterior being 'usable' and a very dodgy interior, I imagine the original seats were thrown back in after the buckets were removed.
'Race prepared', 'competitive racing' & 'club racing car' are all terms that have been used in the various adverts I've seen for this car in the past six years or so (eBay and Pistonheads included). Sadly, the fact is these claims cannot be substantiated either by paperwork or mechanical evidence. In fact I tried to warn past advertisers that these claims cannot be submitted without such proof.
My son and I owned this car for many years (purchasing it as a restoration project), and for a long time just couldn't decide what to do with it in view of the ham fisted alterations the car had been subjected to. It was a mishmash of parts from other models and was clearly a poorly executed bitsa.
I must say the previous owners who altered the car certainly had a passion for spannerwork, but sadly this wasn't backed up with any aptitude for logical engineering skills.
In view of the cost and work needed to return this car to a presentable factory standard, we decided to finish off what the previous owner(s) had tried to accomplish (a quasi-racer possibly).
All worn and non compatible parts were replaced and various glaring safety issues attended to. We ended up at least with a car that was brash, smart and roadworthy, albeit not very original.
Whilst Mike and Edd did their best to entertain us, it was notable that nothing was said or suggested that this car has many non-standard fittings, knowledgable viewers had to glean that fact by spotting things from odd shots of the engine bay and bodywork.
The relatively low purchase / selling price for a Mk2 described as "straight and with no rust" etc., is a great pointer that there was something a little different about this car.
As for the 1st/2nd gear issues Mike had, perhaps the idiosyncrasies of the Moss gearbox was not fully appreciated.
Don't get me wrong this car is a real snorter and much more a hoot to drive than a standard model could ever be.