Magnificat MG

Caffeine and Octane Reveals a true "GEM"
This article was originally published in July. I was fortunate to meet the owner of this 1960 MG at the September show, so we are updating it based on our conversations.

Q- How did you come up with the design ideas?

"I wanted to recreate the look of a Club Racer from the 60's. It's been completely apart and back together. I drove it from Atlanta to Watkins Glen, NY and back without any problems. People always make fun of British car breaking down, but this has been a really reliable car.
Q- How long did it take you to restore it?
"It was a piece of junk when I bought it. The restoration took about 4 years to complete, but mostly because I can't do bodywork. Finding someone to do that work wasn't easy. I did find a shop, but after quite some time, nothing was getting done. I finally did find a shop in Newnan, GA, a fellow who specializes in Mopars. He did all the paint and bodywork."

Q-How much of the mechanical work did you do yourself?
"I did a lot of taking apart, but I had a lot of help on the putting back together. A buddy of mine rebuilt the motor and helped me to get the engine and transmission installed. I did everything else I could, mostly light mechanical, cosmetic, and interior."
The motor is out of a '63 MGB. It's about 1850 cc's. The transmission is a 5 speed T9 out of a Ford Serria."

Q-Is the windscreen a custom item?
"Back in the day, a lot of the racers would just cut back the frame and install a plexiglass screen. This is actually a replica of a factory option, a sports racing windscreen."
Q-I don't ever recall seeing a black car with a green interior. What was your inspiration?
"The black and green color combo was very popular back then. You don't see it used much anymore. It's another part of the idea to accurately represent the correct period of time." 
This is another great example of ingenuity and a desire to preserve a part of the history of Classic cars. If you would like to see your Classic on Garagistry, please send us a note.