It’s all change at AROnline. Mike’s picked up a new HHR project (what is he thinking?) and I’ve cashed in my NSU Ro80 (no time, no space, best to avoid disappointment) to get my hands on Richard Kilpatrick’s ‘barn find’ MGF VVC. Regular readers will know all about this one – it was rescued from the indignity of dying a mildewy death under a tree by serial car buyer, Richard, and restored to (near) perfect working order in the process.
That’s where I came in. I made Richard an offer; he accepted and now I have my first ever MGF. I won’t pretend I’ve not been excited by the prospect – and, although I’ll no doubt be fielding questions about my sexuality and profession, I like these cars and this is the perfect season to own one.
What have I let myself in for? Well, so far, very little indeed. Richard has already done the work for me – at a fundamental level – so I’m left with a few bits and pieces of tidying up. First impressions are good. The engine is smooth, quiet and revs freely, delivering plenty of power in the process. The steering is very light – I’m already considering installing an on/off switch for the EPAS – and the suspension set-up is hyper-sensitive… I love it!
Jobs to do – fit a nice stereo (sorry, Richard!), investigate a couple of odd interior rattles, sort out the dropping driver’s door, maybe look into fitting a glass rear screen and a wind deflector, invest in a coolant level warning (although I will check the level myself every other day) and then… enjoy!
I reckon this will be an easier one. Mind you, I’ve said that before!
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...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.