Lot 340a - 1964 MG Ashley GT - LATE ENTRY
|Odometer reading||8,496 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £13,000|
Ashley was a pioneering manufacturer of fibreglass body shells and chassis for specials from 1955 to 1972, offered in a range of configurations from roadsters, sports-racers to GTs - primarily to cater for the self-build enthusiast market. It was during the later period of the company's history that the Ashley GT conversion was conceived to turn the ubiquitous BMC powered 'Spridget' into a full 'Gran Turismo'. In deference to products by other manufacturers, such as the Lenham, the Ashley GT conversion featured a dual purpose roadster/GT application that could be swapped over with minimal effort. Needless to say, the Ashley turned out to be an extremely popular option.
The car on offer today is a 1964 MG Midget powered by a 1098cc engine. According to the car's Heritage Certificate, it was built at MG's Abingdon factory over the 3/4 June 1964, finished in maroon and featuring the optional extras of a heater and tonneau cover, both of which are still with the car. A comprehensive history file accompanies DPJ 767B, including a letter, which confirms that it belonged to a Mr. Chris Peacock, who was the last works manager at the MG car works at Abingdon. It further confirms that he used this car for his everyday transport. At that time, the car was still in standard MG specification and it appears that this car was then converted to full Ashley GT specification after 1990. It is likely that this work was carried out in 1993 when it was also subject to a major rebuild that included the fitting of sills and A-pillars. It appears that the car was used sparingly since, latterly being put into storage, before being 'discovered' by the vendor in early 2010 and sent to the reformed Ashley Works for a major refurbishment which involved the car being fully stripped, repainted and re-trimmed. It is testimony to the car's condition that it will featured in the authoritative' Classic & Sportscar' magazine.
Such a well specified car represents an easy passport to true historic GT motoring and with such a comprehensive specification, it could not only offer exhilarating road trips but also provide a viable introduction to historic competition.
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