LE50 SOUND DRIVER

Lovely car but it would have to be very, very good to be worth 50k. And the instruments are still Smiths and wear their original-style typefaces. LE50 is lively, in a good way. You’d swear the motor was greater capacity even as it screams towards the 7,rpm peak – and the gorgeous short-throw gearbox action, which snaps through the changes so sweetly you can’t help but use it far more than strictly necessary. The MGB has never looked, or driven, so well Old spice Confronted with the LE50 for the first time, you’re reminded just how pretty the MGB actually is, with an elegance that’s almost period Aston-ish.

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Turn the key, push the bakelite starter button and the dashboards bespoke period Smiths instruments spring to life, fully digital internals ensuring complete accuracy. View comments This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Which in this case is to deliver a car that looks to all intents and purposes like a classic MGB, yet goes like the absolute clappers.

Frontline can easily build you something lairier in appearance but you won’t get that with an LE50 badge and the same level of British Motor Heritage endorsement. In fact – to use the vernacular – it loves a bit of it.

Driven: the MG LE50

Spring rates and anti-roll bars are all specific, too. But this is no mere re-creation; Frontline has completely re-engineered the car for the 21st century, working within type approval constraints in order to eound a model year designation. At the heart of the LE50 beats a brand new, factory supplied, 2.

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This car certainly feels very lively indeed, with none of the inertia and lugubriousness of sond original MGB to which, shape apart, it bears practically no comparison. The look is deliberately classic, with chrome bumpers and Dunlop wheels.

Nervous twitch Fire it up and somehow the needles flicker with that fabulous uncertainty I always associate with tasty classic machinery before settling, immediately warming the blood. Especially as, to be extra-sure, this one is seam-welded too.

But who says you have to? Entry-level diesel motor makes a lot of sense in the sleeker, two-door C The MGB has never looked, or driven, so well Old spice Sund with the LE50 for the first time, you’re reminded just how pretty the MGB actually is, with an elegance that’s almost period Aston-ish. Surprisingly, the souhd retains the original MGB rackwith the relatively slow gearing needed for a lack of power assistance.

Driven: the MG LE50 | Top Gear

MG Car Club members are then invited to come and strip the scrap carcass for spares. The suspension is fully adjustable, allowing you to choose your own soynd set up for performance and comfort, putting you firmly in the driving seat. You are here Driven: But could wound really consider one of these over a Porsche Cayman? Customer car number one is going to Miami.

You know you want to Will it keep up with a furiously driven Clio Renaultsport on a demanding B-road, or offer the outright performance of a comparatively priced Cayman?

Frontline’s goal is to deliver a compact ‘grand tourer’ l5e0 will still happily devour a track day, so as standard it has just the two seats and a rear luggage deck. Next is the strangeness of a proper air-con system cooling you from its home under the original crackle-black steel dashboard. The speedometer is similarly enhanced, reading up to mph. This is beautifully crafted and thought out. And with more than 20 years experience in setting up MGBs for both road and track come the ultimate bespoke sounv and braking systems.

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Judging by the way the scenery whips by the windows, the computer calculated 5. The geometry makes it seem higher geared than it is, helped by the optional, and remarkably soud, electric power steering, which is a column-powering kit by EZ. A billet crank and rods, Teflon coated forged pistons, solid lifters and variable cam timing offer the kind of performance and reliability unheard of when the original MGB hit the roads.

A brand-spanking MGB using new-original parts on the surface, and new-modern systems underneath. But this MGB produces bhp at rpm from its 2.

Frontline already has well over customer test drives booked in, and it’s being sold on a first come, first served basis. Period Dunlops look ace; wires as an option The LE50 is a planned production run of 50 brand new MGBs, celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary in with the full approval of British Motor Heritage Limited – the license holder for the classic MG brand.

Ssound ride is remarkably supple, partly thanks to the tall-sidewall tyres. This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. And the detailing is just gorgeous.

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