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Registration:KG 5416. MMM Register:1826 Chassis No: L0580, Engine No: 915AL, Gearbox No: 916165. Originally built as 1 of 90 L1 Continental Coupes but converted to L2 configuration as early as November 1935. Between 1983-1985 the car was renovated and rebuilt by Baynton-Jones for a Swedish client (the Ferrari concessionaire in Stockholm) for his collection of classic cars. The body and a set of Aluminium swept wings were built by Rod Jolley and patterned off Bob Jones’ L type. The fuel tank was made by John Lambert in Wimbourne. The car had subsequent owners in Sweden until I purchased it in 2006. At the time of purchase a new set of period Blockley tyres was fitted, headlamp screens added and an original set of tools acquired. Two mechanical problems in 2007 resulted in significant work on the car. First, in March 2007, the original aluminium differential casing fractured and was replaced by a steel Morris assembly. Second, in September, the number 6 conn-rod failed, extensively damaging the cylinder block and resulting in a significant overhaul and upgrade of the engine during 2008/9 by Barry Foster. The new engine specification with an increase in capacity from the original 1100cc to about 1400cc included a long stroke cylinder block, fully counterbalanced flywheel to compensate for crank weight increase, new machined Phoenix conn rods with shell bearings, lightened and balanced flywheel and clutch, FJ Engineering pistons 59mm bore x 83mm stroke (original was 57mm x 71mm), new camshaft and followers with machined profiles for more dwell/overlap and lift, polished Alpine manifold and 1¼” SU carburettors re-polished and reset. The car has been back on the road since early 2010 and was runner up in the pre-war class Pride of Ownership at MG Live 2011. In October 2011 a new set of wet weather gear (hood, sidescreens and tonneau) was produced by David Beswick Coachfitter in Derby. I have a comprehensive history file which includes photographs of the Baynton Jones renovation, Barry Foster’s engine work and photos of its time in Sweden including a book article and the listing in the 2002 Swedish MG Car Club’s Jubilee Bulletin. There are also correspondence and receipts for work carried out. Although not an original L2 this is rare, well looked after car which looks and runs beautifully and is being sold reluctantly but for genuine reasons. The car is located in Staffordshire. Please enquire by email or telephone +44 (0)1889 507054. I can supply more photographs on request if required.

Price 79,995 GBP

Email i.kinnear@btopenworld.com