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FDY 788 came off the production line at Abingdon on the 14th April 1953 and was registered on the 18th May in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We are told the MG spent 34 years with its first owner in the North East and the cars second recorded keeper was 'Saloon Car Club' in Shropshire, registered on the 1st May 1987. On the 3rd March 1992 the MG was registered to its third owner in Wrexham and over eight years was used on a regular basis and routinely maintained.
In September 2000 the MG was sold to a restorer in Cheshire who carried out a comprehensive body restoration. The MG was fully stripped down to bare metal, new inside and outside door skins fitted and various fabrication work carried out. The body was then prepared and professionally re-painted. The totally original interior was treated to new carpets and a new headlining. Some re-chroming work was carried out and this point and a photographic record of the restoration work is in the vehicles history file. On the 7th January 2003 the MG was sold to an enthusiast in Lincolnshire who carried out a programme of mechanical work on the MG. The cylinder head was removed and unleaded valves seats fitted, it was also treated to new valves, new valve springs, rocker shaft, arms and bushes. The SU carburettor was rebuilt, the water pump replaced and a new stainless steel exhaust fitted. A brake servo was fitted and rear wheel cylinders overhauled and new brake shoes fitted. The MG was treated to new handbrake cables, the master cylinder was rebuilt and the front and rear suspension rebuilt. Throughout 2006 FDY 788 was taken too many shows and rallies across Lincolnshire before selling to the previous owner, back in Cheshire in June 2007.
Between 2007 and 2014 the MG has covered an impressive 8000 miles and has attended events all over the North. The MG has performed faultlessly and proven totally reliable and events include Tatton Park Classic Car Show every year, Liverpool 800th Birthday celebration at St George's Hall, Manchester Airport Transport Extravaganza, many local (Cheshire, Derbyshire) rallies and MHVC club runs and weekends to the Lake District, Wales on several occasions, Sheffield and in June 2012 attended the MGOC annual concours event and won the ‘Rose Bowl' prize. Needless to say, the MG is delightful to drive and has been superbly prepared and maintained in order to be capable of regular use and long distance driving on Club events. The engine holds very good oil pressure, the four speed gearbox is excellent and the steering, brakes and suspension are all in very good order.
FDY 788 is clearly very strong mechanically and we are also pleased to report that the car is very nicely presented. Having won prizes, the bodywork, paintwork and chrome have had to be at a very high standard and the upholstery has a lovely, honest and original feel to it, retaining its original leather seats. The woodwork is very smart, the headlining and carpets excellent and the car feels usable, nicely aged and does have a lovely patina. FDY 788 comes with an excellent comprehensive history file that contains invoices and receipts, a log of all events and shows since restoration was completed, old tax discs, MOT certificates and lots of photographs of restoration work and the car in attendance at various shows.