MG EX 234 Prototype Roadster sold at the Goodwood Revival 2022|
We have an update on the result at the auction.
Our Pricewatch volunteer
spotter Keith Belcher has seen this rare prototype is listed for sale at the Bonhams
auction at the Goodwood Revival next month.
auction result on Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Goodwood Revival
Noble-Thompson reports the Prototype MG Roadster went for £65,000
starting at £50,000.
MG EX 234 Prototype Roadster|
Bonhams auction on 17th September
2022, 11:00 BST
Goodwood Revival Collectors' Motor Cars & Automobilia
£80,000 - £120,000
Also see the listing in 2016 when it was sold
at the Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival. More
and MOT checks on the GOV-UK website |
was sold at the Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival in 2016|
listing information in 2016|
Unique MG prototype
*6,400 miles from new
The unique car offered here is one of the many fascinating "might have beens"
in the history of the MG marque. Its planning began in 1964 when Abingdon's engineers'
thoughts turned to a 'next generation' MGB that would have better chassis dynamics:
specifically, the new car would incorporate the independent rear suspension intended
for the original MGB but abandoned as too expensive. Designer Syd Enever's team
was responsible for constructing the prototype, code named 'EX234', raiding the
BMC parts bin for the 1,275cc A-Series engine and gearbox, Austin Champ rear axle,
and Hydrolastic suspension units. Suspension was by upper and lower wishbones
all round, steering was by rack and pinion, and there were disc brakes on all
Once completed, the rolling chassis was despatched to
Pininfarina in Italy for bodying, and the result contains hints of the master
coachbuilder's FIAT 124 Sport Spider and Alfa Romeo Duetto, while at the same
time incorporating the sawn-off 'Kamm' tail that would later appear on the Alfa
Romeo 1750. EX234 was intended to replace both the Midget and the MGB, and despite
being more compact than the latter offered a more generously sized interior. The
exterior trim on either side was different: one style being for the GT version,
the other for the open roadster.
Back in the UK, EX234 was enthusiastically
received by all who drove it. In his book 'MG - The Untold Story', David Knowles
has this to say on the subject: 'Roy Brocklehurst took the EX234 prototype to
Silverstone where, according to Jim Stimson, it was driven by a few trusted experts...
including John Surtees. Roy said they told him that the roadholding was as good
as any car they had driven.'
why didn't EX234 make it into production? At the time of its inception both
the Midget and the MGB were still selling well, and it was felt by senior management
that there was no pressing need for a replacement. The project was shelved. Following
BMC's merger with Leyland to form British-Leyland, the balance of power shifted
within the reconstituted group in favour of Triumph, at least as far as thoughts
of a new sports car were concerned, and when the time came it was the Triumph
TR7 that was chosen, despite the MG marque's greater popularity in the USA, B-L's
most important export market.
1977, with only 100 miles on the odometer, EX234 was acquired by the long established
MG dealer Syd Beer, becoming part of his MG Museum collection in Houghton, Cambridgeshire.
While there it was driven by motoring journalist John Sprinzel, who had been a
works MG driver back in the 1950s. In the resulting magazine article (copy on
file) he observes that the Hydrolastic suspension 'kept the car beautifully flat
and smooth through the corners, with none of the usual lurch over uneven bits
of the surface. There was also no rear-end steer, and I felt that even without
any development input that the handling was far superior to the current Spridget.
The interior was vast, and for
my six foot three inches of height, there was space for legs, knees, arms, and
elbows. The small steering wheel was set amongst excellent instrumentation, and
occupants were surrounded by interior trim far better than has been normal on
Abingdon products, with comfortable seats and two compact extra back seats with
better legroom than in the MGB GT. There was excellent visibility and really good
All in all,
I concluded my little road test by thinking this would have been a delightful
successor to both the B and Midgets, with good looks, great performance, and probably
the continued money-making record of many years of Abingdon sports cars.'
Offered for sale by the Beer
Family Trust, this unique and historic MG prototype comes with a current MoT
certificate, its original V5 registration document, and a copy of the original
factory specification sheet. The car also comes with a factory hardtop, intended
for use on the GT version, and has a folding convertible hood made of an attractive
flocked material rather than the vinyl used for contemporary MGBs and Midgets.
This vehicle is quite simply
a 'must have' for the serious MG collector.