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Old MGs are transformed into classics.

Byline: Enda Mullen

OLD MG cars are being transformed into true modern classics - with a price tag of up to PS90,000 and a 0-60mph of 3.8 seconds.

Company Frontline Developments is offering what has been described as the ultimate restoration on the much-loved sports cars - creating what is in effect an all-new modern vehicle from an original donor car.

It follows in the footsteps of similar revamps of classics the E-Type Jaguar and Jensen Interceptor - both of which have very high price tags.

Frontline Developments started life in 1991 as a parts company for classic MGs with founder Tim Fenna setting out to improve the cars' underpinnings with a view to providing a better driving experience.

Since then the firm has moved on to offering restorations with a difference.

It produces the MG Abingdon Edition and the MG LE50 in small numbers, delivering MGs that look like the originals but are state-of-the-art sports cars under the skin, with the performance to match.

The Abingdon Edition is a recreated MGB roadster while the LE50 takes the MGB GT into the modern world.

The MGB and MGB GT are the best known post-war MGs and both enjoyed immense success during their lengthy lifespans.

The MGB was unveiled in 1962 and more than half a million were produced at MG's factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, until 1980.

The car continued to be produced in Longbridge when the Abingdon plant closed its doors for good.

It was later reprised in modified form as the MG RV8, with 2,000 vehicles being produced at Longbridge from 1993-95.

The fixed-roof MGB GT was introduced in October 1965 and was produced until 1980.

Frontline Developments, based in MG's spiritual home of Abingdon, is producing the Abingdon Edition and LE50 as fast as it can, though, with an average build time of 800 hours, it is never going to enter the realms of mass production.


Frontline Developments' MG LE50 model |

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 13, 2015
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