SOTW: Montego Turbo


Shed does not ordinarily venture into the dark territory that is the British Leyland/Austin Rover range of the 1980s - partly because so many of Britain's finest have long been sent to that great corporate car park in the sky and partly because most of AR's products of the 1980s were so unremittingly execrable. But today Shed makes an exception.

Because, trawling through the murky depths of classic car online classifieds, we dredged up this, a D-plate MG Montego Turbo in yuppie red, up for £695.

Now, the Montego might not be the most fondly remembered of cars, but in MG Turbo form it managed 150bhp courtesy of a Garret T3 turbo, and so would torquesteer its way to 126mph, with 60mph coming up in a genuinely brisk 7.3secs. That made it the fastest production MG ever at the time, don't yer know...

Picking this little beauty as SOTW also allows us an excuse to bring you a magnificently period Montego Turbo promo video (check it out at the bottom of the article) starring none other than a decidedly fresh-faced version of touring car hero Steve Soper - who also had a hand in developing the suspension set-up of the car.


This particular Monty looks as though it's seen some hard use at the hands of a pin-stripe suited rep over the years, with the MOT reading 103k (even though the speedo says 66,000 miles have passed beneath its wheels).

A few other bits have gone awry during its quarter-century on earth: there's no roof lining, the doors are beginning to succumb to the ol' ferrous oxide, the driver's seat has become a bit tatty, and the temperature gauge is knackered. But it's got three months of tax left and 11 months of MOT, so what more could you want?

Besides, as the plummy voiceover man says in the video: "As the proud owner of a new Montego Turbo, you have an exclusive luxury sports saloon, a leader among the elite of turbocharged cars". So put a note in your Filofax saying 'buy Montego Turbo'. You know it makes sense...

 

Advert is reporduced below

D REG


LEATHER INTERIOR

C/LOCKING

E/WINDOWS

USUAL TURBO SPEC

COMPLETELY STANDARD APART FROM EXHAUST.

3 MONTHS TAX, MOT SEPT 11.

DRIVES VERY WELL, WAS TUNED AT DYNO TUNE ON THE ROLLERS. THEY SAID ITS RUNNING SPOT ON.

ALSO SERVICED IT, SPARK PLUGS & OIL,


I USE IT FEW TIMES A WEEK FOR LAST 3 MONTHS, HOWEVER ONLY LOCALLY.

BODYWORK QUITE GOOD FOR AGE, NO RUST ON ARCHES, WINGS, SILLS ARE OK.

SPEEDO READS 66K, BUT LAST MOT STATES 103K

BAD POINTS

ROOF LINING MISSING, DRIVER SEAT ALSO HAS WEAR AND TEAR.

SOME RUST IN DOORS, NOTHING MAJOR. TEMP GAUGE DOES NOT WORK.

THANKS FOR LOOKING. £695.

Price: £695 As stated
Advert Type: For Sale
Category: Classic Cars
Make: Austin
Model: Montego
Year: 1986
Country: UK
Region: Nottinghamshire

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  • MGJohn 07 Jun 2012

    Rich1973 said:
    What fuel do you put in it John? I know when the facelift came out in 89 that all models would take unleaded except the turbo. Do you add a supplement or have you redone it for unleaded fuel?
    Never a problem for me. I was concerned when 4* was being phased out about fifteen years ago ~ however I read somewhere that these sturdy Austin-Rover Group O-Series engines were then engineered to be used in some parts of the world where the fuel can be a bit 'iffy'.

    My Black D-Reg car which I sold a few years back I have cruised on a hot day with five people on board, their luggage crammed in the boot at well into three figures .... when circumstances allowed. Every Montego I've ever had has been a pleasure to own including this one :~



    It has since changed hands again at a price more than I got for it and I was happy with the price I obtained.

    The only modifications on that car was fitting MGF Alloy Wheels with good bridgestone Tyres and an uprated Radiator ( Triple Core ) which kept the engine happy at all times even on the hottest days at speed. Here it is over the smaller capacity original ~ best modification I've ever fitted to any car. Should have been standard from day one of production :~



    Hugely underestimated cars ...

  • Rich1973 06 Jun 2012

    What fuel do you put in it John? I know when the facelift came out in 89 that all models would take unleaded except the turbo. Do you add a supplement or have you redone it for unleaded fuel?

  • MGJohn 06 Jun 2012

    mercGLowner said:
    tali1 said:
    Montego Turbos never had talking dash (if that is what you mean) only MG Maestro 1600 and VP had it.On Montegos it was an option and only on early Efi and VP only afaik
    I had a B reg (1984?) MG Montego EFi that had the talking electronic dash. A bit of a gimmick really..... smile
    So did I and it was more than just a gimmick ~ press a button and both Speedo and Odo covert to Kilometres or Miles. Very useful when abroad. With youngsters in the car, a door not fully shut would have that nice lady alerting you and also low oil, coolant etc too. That also was a B-Reg MG Montego EFi. Never saw a Turbo version with the Digital Dash. Had a number of various spec MG and Rover Montegos in the family this past what, close on thirty years. Still have one ~ this one :~



  • mercGLowner 06 Jun 2012

    tali1 said:
    Montego Turbos never had talking dash (if that is what you mean) only MG Maestro 1600 and VP had it.On Montegos it was an option and only on early Efi and VP only afaik
    I had a B reg (1984?) MG Montego EFi that had the talking electronic dash. A bit of a gimmick really..... smile

  • tali1 06 Jun 2012

    Porkie said:
    My dads friend had one of these when a was very young. I was obsessed with the thing! It had a Turbo and it TALKED!!!! and he worse a black leather jacket... he was Michael knight to me! I called him Uncle Turbo Terry... how sad was I!
    Montego Turbos never had talking dash (if that is what you mean) only MG Maestro 1600 and VP had it.On Montegos it was an option and only on early Efi and VP only afaik

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