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Lot 231: MG 1.8 VVC Sports Roadster

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Following the successful re-introduction of the MG name to the sportscar market by means of the limited-edition MG-RV8, the Rover-owned company returned to mass production with the MGF. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1995, the MGF was inspired by the EX-E concept car of the mid-1980s and, like its illustrious MGB forebear, would prove to be an outstanding sales success. A mid-engined two-seater powered by a 1.8-litre, Rover K-Series 16-valve engine, the MGF incorporated the latest automotive technology in the form of electronic speed-sensitive power steering, side-impact door protection, driver's air-bag, catalytic converter and state-of-the-art alarm/immobiliser system. Handling and performance were of a standard expected from an octagon-badged sports car, the base-model 1.8i being capable of reaching 60mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 120mph. This MGF remained in the original owner's hands until earlier this year. There are eight stamps in the service booklet, which has been signed by MGF chief designer, Gerry McGovern, whose signature is also to be found on the passenger's sun visor. Benefiting from the latest modified cylinder head gasket and a new timing belt, 'MGF 123Y' is described as in generally good to excellent condition and is said to drive well. The car is offered with current road fund licence and Swansea V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number231
Estimate£4500-£6500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1997
Condition rating3
Registration numberMGF 123Y
Mileage-
Chassis numberSARRDWBTCWD024831
Engine number18K4KJ89518683
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2