Classics Monthly magazine has secured the world-exclusive first look at the limited edition MGB LE50, in association with Frontline Developments. Unveiling the car to the world on its stand at November’s NEC Classic Motor show, the first pictures of the body shell are revealed in the November issue on sale this week.
Frontline Developments is producing just 50 of these limited edition and very special cars to mark its 20th anniversary as a company and also the 50th anniversary of MGB next year. Bringing the 1962 model up to date with cutting edge engineering and high performance parts, the MGB LE50 is being hand-assembled by the team at Frontline. With each car taking over 148 hours to build, the first completed model will go on sale in early 2012 for £50,000.
Alongside the body shell pictures, Classics Monthly explores exactly how this classic car is being brought up to date and made capable of 160mph and 40mpg. The magazine features close-up pictures of new additions such as the seam-welded and lead-loaded joints to prevent age-old MGB problems with rust. Twenty first century engineering is also obvious in the new luxury features such as climate control, heated seats and lightweight, high performance components.
Gary Stretton, Editor of Classics Monthly, said: ‘The engineering team at Frontline Developments is doing inspirational work and this feels like the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of such a classic British sports car. We champion classic cars using modern components without ruining their essential character. We call it Engenius. Frontline has succeeded in creating the most Engenius classic with the best demonstration of style, substance and intuitive engineering I’ve seen.’
Ed Braclik, Sales Director from Frontline Developments, added: ‘MG sports cars have helped shape the face of motoring so we wanted to pay tribute to that. These new MG models combine the ultra cool shape of 1962 model with the wonders of modern engineering. These cars are built to last, and if you’re lucky enough to get one, you can expect it to last through the generations.’
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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