Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Hervey Bay Buchanan.

Ebay auction expired today with no bids.

This is a fully restored Buchanan MG of the 1950's and very rare in this condition.  On full QLD registration.   As far as I can ascertain it has never raced.   However I do not know its early history except when I bought it the seller (from NSW)  said he had purchased it from a seller who said he in turn had purchased it in South Australia.  

These bodies are a direct copy of the Aston Martin DB3S taken from the competition car of Tom Sulman by Nat Buchanan.
They were 1st sold in 1957.  In late 1957, as a teenager, I purchased Body No.6 & fitted it to an Austin A40.   A great deal of modifications were necessary to adapt the Austin A40 mechanics to the Buchanan body.  These modification are not necessary with an MG.

I have original advertising brochures etc., by Buchanan.     Buchanan built 90 bodies then following the sale of the moulds, J & S Fibreglass built 45 = total 135 bodies.   Ten (10) years ago in 2006 there were only 35 known to exist.

It has been restored to its former glory, and would no doubt be one of the last remaining, maybe the last, complete and running of the marque with MG running gear.

When I purchased this Buchanan the motor consisted of 3 different size engines.  The block was a 1147 cc; the head was a 1250; with twin SU carbs to suit a 1500. 

It now has a fully rebuilt 1500 motor with a slightly modified cam plus extractors.   The shock absorbers have been converted to telescopic.  Traffic indicators fitted.
It is now a real head turner;  and is a great car to drive. 

I purchased and totally restored the Buchanan so it would be part of my 50th wedding anniversary.

The only reason for offering the Buchanan for sale is because of its owners age and health.

It will be advertised elsewhere and I reserve the right to withdraw it from ebay. 

The starting price is the reserve price.   PayPal fees are to be paid by the purchaser.

Purchaser to arrange own pick-up and transport.

To arrange and inspection call Adrian 0417628156.
Not too shabby.

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