Sunday, November 15, 2015

A significant Milano on eBay.

1959 MILANO MG                                                                             Ex Bruce Leer                                                                This is the first of Bruce Leers three Milano's. It was constructed in 1959 and based on a 1933 MG J2 Chassis and suspension. Fitted with MG TC motor bored out to 1466cc coupled to a close ratio MG TC gearbox, TC diff housing with modified A series diff centre. The Milano body was constructed by JWF glass-fibre industry's.                          Ian (Sam) Johnson had a big part to play in the cars construction being the J in JWF.                                                                    
This iconic Australian special is now offered For Sale it has just had a full body restoration and repaint in two pack orange, (original colour).  Mechanically the car is excellent, motor is MG TF 1500 block with all steel internals and the head has been set up to run 98 pump fuel.  Comes with Cams Historic Log Book and COD, the car is also eligible for FIA HTP papers.  Genuine enquiries 02 66518141 ( May Consider Trade ? )                                                

         Thank's to all the overseas enquire's !!!. I have the following approximate costs to ship the car as follows. EX- Brisbane to the UK au $5,500.00 + my costs to get to the port au $200.00. EX- Brisbane to LA- North America au $4,500.00 + my costs to get to port au $200.00
Not having heard of JWF, here's an interesting American take on this car.

Fifties Fiberglass: 1933 MG J2 Based Racer

This 1933 MG J2-based special is referred to as the “Milano MG” and sports a pre-war MG chassis, MG TC drivetrain and attractive custom bodywork. Built in 1959, this interesting mashup may not have the most sophisticated chassis, but its light weight and more slippery shape should make it an entertaining competitor in vintage racing. Find it here on eBay in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia for $60,000 AUD (~$42,600 USD today). Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.
Creativity and a less thorough understanding of aerodynamics led to some very pretty fiberglass shapes in the ’50s, and this car is no exception. According to the ad, it’s been treated to a recent bodywork restoration with fresh two stage paintwork that shows very well in photos. Wire wheels are of a noticeably smaller diameter than those fitted standard to an MG J2.
The cabin is all business, with simple instrumentation and a basic aluminum gear lever poking out of the short-ratio MG TC gearbox. The rest of the drivetrain is TC-sourced as well, including the bored-out 1466cc engine and diff housing with A-series internals. While bodywork looks fresh, the cockpit is nicely worn-in. No mention is made of any suspension improvements over the J2, which could leave this car with half-elliptic springs and friction shock absorbers at all four corners.

This Australian-made special has the potential to be quite swift, though its primitive underpinnings should always keep things interesting in the corners.

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