Mike Authers says "I've been working all week on the V8 and it's
now running and the brakes are all changed with just a few hoses to
finish off. A lot of work was needed to bring the original Dunlop
composite wheels back to a decent standard!"
Photos: Mike Authers
Authers has been making good progress with restoring a rare
MGBGTV8 built by Cliff Humphries using a bodyshell that had
been sitting outside the MG Plant for two years before Cliff
managed to buy it for the princely sum of £100. You can
see it has the US indicator repeaters on the sides of both front
and rear wings. Mike bought the car from Cliff and has been
carrying out a restoration and says "I've been working
all week on the V8 and it's now running and the brakes are all
changed with just a few hoses to finish off. A lot of work was
needed to bring the original Dunlop composite wheels back to
a decent standard!"
I sell an MGBGTV8 that came out of the MG Factory that was built
by Cliff Humphries for himself? Mike Authers says
these were the words my friend and workshop advisor Geoff Clark
mentioned during a tea break. Geoff had a few photos of the
car from a previous visit to Cliff's home near Wantage that
showed it had US style running lights on the wings which isn't
to everyone's taste over here. I could see the V8 engine minus
the air filters which were in the boot. Yes I was interested
as I do like unusual spec cars and am always happy to advertise
cars on my website for customers.
Cliff kept this V8 for himself and used it sparingly so it's
only covered 24,000 miles. But with Cliff's failing eyesight
it hadn't been driven for over ten years. Mike had a chat with
Cliff for an hour or so and . . . see
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