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Car Of The Month :
'Blue Beauty' by swanndoggz
Just prior to my 17th birthday I was looking for a car and at the bargains that the Rover 75 had become. Unfortunately purchase then was not a reality
due to high insurance costs so I bought something a little more young driver friendly, a Renault Megane 1.4 Mk2; it still cost £3000 to insure for the first year - an absolute joke!
During May 2013, now aged 19, I was looking to replace the Megane with a lower mileage car when I spotted on eBay a rather dirty looking ignition blue MG ZT 120, 35,000 miles, one owner from new.
After having it on my watch list for a couple of weeks I decided to have a look at it as my Renault had just managed to sell itself to someone looking for a good cheap car.
I went to view it at a farm near Nottingham and pretty much bought the car there and then for £2400 - perhaps top end value.
When I bought the ZT it was not as it is today but it had the potential to be very nice. The car had been badly prepped by the dealer and came with a cracked and damaged spoiler,
more scratch and swirl marks than the eye could see, bottoms of doors covered in tar - so bad petrol was the only thing that would get it off, all badges faded and alloys in poor condition amongst other issues.
On the up side the car appeared very straight, interior like brand new, drove perfect and felt very tight.
The car took a whole weekend to clean up and further Saturdays to get it up to a decent shine, I was happy with using various techniques including wet and dry and mopping.
To start I managed to pick up a replacement spoiler already painted in ignition blue, plus:
• New badges
• New exhaust system, not blowing just looked rusty
• New number plates, originals were dealer plates from Sandcliffe Loughborough
• Extensive engine clean including unblocking those pesky plenums
• Full alloy wheel refurbish
• Painted unsightly mesh grille
I have been hooked by this car, unlike my Renault, as it seems more an enthusiasts car.
I just cannot stop myself spending money on things for it that I don’t really need.
I have made the following mods:
• MG7 tail lights
• All LED lights
• Radioguy double din head unit
• Wind deflectors
• MG7 mudflaps
• Chrome exhaust tip and various other shiny bits
Although I have spent rather a lot of money it still works out cheaper than an equivalent BMW or Mercedes with a similar specification.
One thing I have to say about my ZT is I wish it was a bit more powerful but when do you ever get the chance to go fast nowadays,
everybody says it’s an old man’s car and it’s like an old boat but they don’t know how it drives.
I have found some interesting facts about my car such as it was one of the 16 ignition blue 120+ made as it has the 5 spoke alloys.
I have been more than impressed with the car and the knowledge within the club, especially as everyone is so friendly.
Article written by member swanndoggz