Back in 1983 my brother Chris owned a nearly new Mini but hankered after a MGB after he saw them at the Leyland dealership. He’d always loved the shape and the sound they made so he bit the bullet, sold the Mini and bought BVM151T, a 1978 GT in vermillion that was being sold in the West Yorkshire Motor Trader paper (remember that!) by the wife of a local coach firm’s owner, due to her having recently had a child, and so needing something a little more practical.
I was a car mad 13 year old and thought this car was the ‘bees knees’, I travelled far in it, washed it with him and laid under it with him, attending to worn kingpins, brakes and servicing. It what got me really into MGs and interested in a job in the motor trade which I still do to this day.
Chris had an 18 month love/hate affair with it. He loved driving it and covered around 12000 miles, only breaking down once whilst on holiday in the Norfolk Broads but corrosion had already set in and it swallowed up cash needing two resprays. With hindsight, this should have been dealt with properly but they were different times back then when ‘blow overs’ were commonplace. It was a quick temporary fix to get it looking smart again.
Chris on holiday in the Norfolk Broads in 1984