Low mileage MGBGTV8 seen for sale

Our Pricewatch volunteer Ralph Hardwick has spotted this chrome bumper MGBGTV8 is for sale.

Dores & Rees
Auction Salerooms
Vicarage Street
Frome, Somerset
BA11 1PU

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Checking the MOT records for this MGBGTV8
MOT expired 12th October 2014
MOT tests in 2006, 2010 & 2013
Covered around 700 miles in 15 years!
Any buyer intending to use the car will need to have thorough work carried out on recommissioning the car.

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Posted: 210925
MGBGTV8 - Bronze Yellow 0162
Listed for online auction by Dore & Rees est 1868
Estimate: £18,000 - £23,000
Sale date: 2nd October 2021
Website link
The website says "Registration No: TYN 876M, Chassis No: GB75D000175P, Recorded Mileage: 17,000 miles."
After two introductory paragraphs the listing says "The 52nd car off the factory production run in 1973, this super chrome-bumpered V8GT was registered to its first owner in August of 1973, finished in a very period shade of Bracken with a matching velour interior.

In the intervening years we understand the MG has covered an incredible 17,000 miles from new with just four owners. Now part of a large classic car collection, the MG has been carefully stored and used very lightly. The paintwork presents very well with only very slight blemishes, the engine bay is complete and correct and in very clean order. The interior is completely original and excellent, fitted with a period-correct radio-cassette player.

These hugely enjoyable small GT cars sound fantastic, and go just as well. We are sure this will be an enjoyable and rewarding classic for the next owner to cherish. The MG is offered with older MOT certificates, blue log book and original handbook."
Review of this MGBGTV8
Clearly a car with only 17,000 recorded miles and "carefully stored and used very lightly" should be in an exceptional original condition. But when we look at this car some interesting features can be seen:
> No V8 badging on the nearside front wing and none on the tailgate. This often suggest a respray has been carried out at some stage.
> Colour of the bodywork is recorded in the MG production records as Bronze Yellow and not Bracken as mentioned in the listing.
> Sticker on rear window says "59 Classic - classic car sale & restoration specialists".
> Replacement chrome grille surround looks as if it has replaced the original part.
> Nearside door fit is poor and also offside too.
> Seats not correct cloth covered set - surely a 17,000 mile car would not need replacement seats if stored correctly.
> Door striker plates look very shiny and possibly new.
> Replacement hydraulic fluid reservoirs in the engine bay and immaculate aircleaner boxes.
> HRW leads hanging down by the top of the rear window.
> Dunlop composite wheels look to be in good condition.

A very close inspection of this car will be essential to see if the condition and originality match the very low mileage.