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Car Of The Month :
'Abu' by Greeners
I was having withdrawal symptoms after previously owning MG ZT 260 number 146 and really felt the need to have another MGR V8.
Through the Two-Sixties forum I learnt that V8 # 317 was for sale and decided to make some enquires about its possible purchase.
The car had sat around for some time after MG-Rover's demise unsold, however in September 2006 it was finally purchased and registered to it's first owner, a lady.
Apparently she only kept it for six months before selling it as she really didnt take to the car.
It then came into the possession of another club member Ken, who resides in Scotland. As it was to be used as his daily drive the first upgrade was an expensive LPG system to soften the fuel bill.
Between then and coming into my possession in March 2013, it had racked up 146,000 miles, yes 146,000, bouncing it's way around the highlands of Scotland.
I think it must be run in by now however, as it certainly pulls like the proverbial train, even on LPG.
Unfortunately, being a basic car it had very little in the way of creature comforts, even the rear windows had keep-fit manual winders.
The only concession to this being an electric rear blind which had been fitted post production.
So the upgrades and modifications started
Rear electric windows and a facelift BCU with remote boot lid release
Boot lid mounted warning triangle
Rear parking sensors
Headlamp power washers
Heated screen washer jets
Rain sensing wipers, that required a new screen fitting!
Auto-diming rear view mirror
Front heated seats
New grille badge
Message centre instrument pack
Hi-line satellite navigation
Harmon Kardon premium audio upgrade
Black Oak dash. Currently it has walnut, but that is not for me
Gear knob, and possibly a steering wheel
Refurbishing the wheels
Relocation of the LPG filler point
From a distance the paintwork is as good as any ZT out there
but on closer inspection the harsh Scottish winters and copious amounts of grit have taken their toll
on the lower portions of the car's paintwork.
So there we have it, a true workhorse in every sense, and Im truly indebted to Ken for running it in and not skimping on it's maintenance.
Hopefully the more sedate pace and lower mileage of the southern roads will see it become more of a show car.
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Article written by member Greeners