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October 17th, 2016
The MG Car Club is teaming up with TV's Wheeler Dealer, Mike Brewer at this year's NEC Classic Motor Show (11 - 13 November) to help Mike decide the fate of his latest purchase - a 1959 MGA roadster.
The car, finished in Primrose Yellow is a left-hand drive, US market mkI.
"We did an MGA on Wheeler Dealers in 2015 and I fell in love with it," said Mike.
"I think it's the prettiest car MG has ever made, and to be honest, I regretted selling it and fancied another, so always kept an eye out."
Mike found the car in California and arranged to have it shipped back to the UK to Mike's Muscle Car Garage in Welwyn Garden City for a through clean-up and once-over.
"Being a California car it's completely rot free. It had some paint a few years back and it's stood up to the years pretty well. I've not even had the chance to drive it yet!"
While it may be free of the dreaded tin-worm, Mike's MG understandably shows some of the signs of its 55 years on the road, which leaves him with a bit of a quandary - to restore or not to restore, that is the question.
"I could happily live with it just the way it is, but at the same time the idea of restoring it has a lot of appeal too," Mike added.
"I'm in two minds, so I thought I'd get people's opinions, and the Classic Car Show is an ideal place to get them."
With this in mind, Mike offered the MGA to the MG Car Club, with the idea of getting the Club's members and visitors to its show stand to offer their opinion.
"Mike's been a friend of the Club for the last few years since he joined as an MGLive! host back in 2015," said Club General Manager Adam Sloman.
"When he asked us to help him decide what he should do with his MGA, we were only too happy to help."
The Club will be inviting people to cast votes over the weekend of the show, and will have two pots - one for green 'restore it' chips and one for red 'keep it' chips. At the end of the weekend the chips will be counted, and Mike will find out the future of his MGA.
Mike's MGA will be joined on the Club's stand by Tony Pond's MG Metro 6R4, Louise Allen's MG ZR and many more special MGs that are true to the 'heroes and heroines' theme. The Club's stand will be in Hall 4, stand 5-80.
Tickets for the NEC Classic Car show are on sale now, and members of the MG Car Club can obtain a discount by using the Club code that's available on the members' area of the website at www.mgcc.co.uk.