If you’re missing being able to buy a new MG Rover product, Classic Car Auctions has just what you’re looking for. Up for grabs at its December Online Auction is this MG ZT 160 1.8 Turbo, which has a mere six miles on its odometer after it has spent a life tucked up in storage since it was registered in October 2004.
It’s not going to be cheap, with an estimate of £12,000-15,000 but, on the flipside, if you were to compare that with its nearest new equivalent, it’s something of a bargain. To get into the 2021 Jaguar XE, for instance, you’re looking at an entry price of £29,635 – and, if you’re not keen on that budget, the lower estimate of this MG ZT will buy you base-spec MG3. Food for thought… It’s certainly a handsome looking thing and shows just how well the basic shape has aged over the years.
This MG Rover ZT 160 is a five-speed manual saloon and was originally supplied through MG Rover in Derby. It’s finished in British Racing Green Pearlescent and has a charcoal grey interior. The chassis number is SARRJXLTG5D329500, which is a late one, but a few hundred from being the last of the line MG ZT.
The history of the car is simple enough. It was delivered and then immediately dry stored in a heated garage and subsequently a Carcoon chamber from new. What is more interesting is what the motive behind this decision was – if it was to secure a piece of MG history, it’s certainly been successful in that, even if it’s probably a few years off maturing into something truly valuable. It was originally offered for sale in 2016, when it made £12,000.
A nice touch is that the manufacturer’s ID-Tag remains on the keys as delivered from the factory while, as one would expect, it comes with its original handbook pack and a complete key set. The seller commissioned its first-ever MoT for the buyer’s assurance in the lead-up to the sale, and has described the car as ‘exactly as it left the Longbridge factory.’
It’s certainly unique in what it represents, and it will be interesting to see what its next owner will do with it. Should it be put into a museum for posterity or used as its maker intended? What do you think? And if you end up buying this car, we’d love to hear from you.