Some History from Paul
Firstly, the stats! SUA 789W is factory chassis number 522215 and was built between 5 – 11 September 1980. It is chassis number 463 out of the 1000 LEs. It is GT chassis number 180 of the 580 GT LEs. It was despatched from Abingdon on 20 November 1980 to Cornelius Parish Limited, Selby in Yorkshire. The selling dealer was Arnold G Wilson, Chapel Allerton, Leeds and SUA 789W was first registered on 6 February 1981.
It is completely original retaining all the LE features and is fitted with a period Pioneer Radio Cassette player. SUA 789W remained in Yorkshire with its first 4 owners but was used very sparingly. By 2009 it had only covered 25,767 miles. In 2014, it had a brief period in Devon before being sold by Gasoline Alley, back in Yorkshire, to its present owner, Paul Critchley. At the time of sale in April 2016 it was showing 27,237 verifiable miles.
In my ownership, the quest has been to retain and enhance originality. Some poor workmanship in previous years led to unreliability in the first couple of years of ownership but SUA 789W has now settled down to provide a fun experience whether on Scenic Tours with the Historic Rally Car Register or MG Car Club and MGB Register events. Its distinctive Pewter Metallic paintwork and LE stripes seems to attract positive attention and I have been stopped several times by admirers who wished they had bought one of these last thousand MGB LEs when they were new.