The MG was found dismantled, encased in gravel and topped by concrete. Probably that was done to protect the integrity of the components. According to Early MG Society (an organisation that solely caters to MG 14/28, 14/40, 18/80 and 18/100 models, produced between 1925 and 1932), there are only 135 units of the MG 14/40 Mk IV ever made and this car is the only surviving unit in the country that has the correct coachwork.
Fred Body bought the car when the owner put it up for sale. He has painstakingly rebuilt the car to its original state. He mentioned that when after the car was dug out, some of the original leather and paint work was still on it and that made it possible for him to match the colour for the restoration work. Even the original plates were still there.
Body also stated that some of the aluminium parts have corroded where he thinks that the concrete has cracked and the urine from the cows had seeped in. And also, all of the car’s instruments are missing and those parts were the hardest to find.
Body has spent the last year restoring the car to its original state and when it was ready, he displayed it at the Bristol Classic Car Show. The car won the Best Vintage Car Award at the show. A spokesperson from the Early MG Society mentioned that there was no history on this car until it was discovered in 1999 and it is one of the few genuine MGs that have come to light in the last 25 years.
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