The Cars in greater detail
This section has been written with the petrol head in mind, giving some history and background information on the vehicles we are offering for hire for the motoring enthusiast.
Elwood - Our 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe
Ford found themselves with an instant hit on their hands when the Mustang launched in April 1964. One of the very first special editions offered by Ford for their Mustang range was the “High Country”.
Although production lasted for 3 years only 1,000 units were ever made. Starting in 1966 and available only from dealers in the Colorado area, 333 examples were built. In 1967, Denver dealers placed orders for another 416 cars. 251 examples were sold in 1968, bringing the total production run to 1,000.
High Country Specials could be ordered with any Mustang powertrain and body style but for 1966 and 1967 were only available in three unique colours of Aspen Gold, Columbine Blue, and Timberline Green.
Only 104 of these specials are known to the High Country Registry to still exist. Of these very few are outside America. There is a green one in Germany and another in Sweden. Only two Columbine blue examples have left the USA - ours and one that is in Australia.
Our car was one of two ordered new with the white vinyl roof and trunk rack that it carries today. The seats are two tone blue and the car benefits from 2 rear lap belts along with lap belts up front.
It was imported into the UK from Arizona in early 2019. We have been told that it was previously owned by a Hollywood stunt man who often rented it to the studios for a background vehicle in movies.
Much was spent on this car shortly before it was imported. The engine bay features the original freshly rebuilt 289ci Windsor small block Ford 4.7L, V8. It has a rebuilt automatic transmission, new rear axle with rear 11” disc brakes and new suspension.
Jake -Our 1974MGB GT
What says "British Sports Car" better than an MGB. They were in production from 1962 until 1980 and are about the most popular of classic cars. Introduced as a 2 seat convertible, the hard top GT, styled by Pininfarina, was added in 1965.
The MGB used the B series engine. From its launch, the vehicle was fitted with a 3-synchro four speed gearbox. Overdrive was an optional extra. It operated on third and top to effectively give you 6 forward gears. Later a 4-synchro box was fitted and again overdrive was an option. From 1977 onwards overdrive became a standard fitting for the UK market.
Our car is a 1974 overdrive example, which is one of the last of the chrome bumper models, produced just before the change to big black rubber bumpers to comply with requirements for the American market. It is painted in Teal Blue and has a blue leather interior. Princess Diana's sister had an almost identical Teal Blue GT when it was new.
As with many GT's, Jake also benefits from a full Webasto sunroof to give that sense of open top motoring if it is a dry day, whilst retaining the advantage of a roof to keep your clothes from getting wet and your hair in perfect condition, on a more traditional English summers day.
Our car joined us during the summer of 2016 having sold at the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club's Classic Car Auction.
Madge - A Unique MG 1300 Estate
After the layout of the ADO15 (better known as the Mini) was decided upon the thoughts of the design team at BMC turned to a larger vehicle. They therefore began in 1958 to sketch out what was to become the 1100, under the code of ADO16.
The first 1100 was launched in August 1962 badged as a Morris. A sporty MG version was added 2 months later, with an Austin variant being introduced in September 1963. Wolseley, Riley and Vanden Plas models were to follow. The range was given a facelift in October 1967 (creating the Mark 2) and was further revised in 1971 (Mark 3) with production finally finishing in 1974.
Like the Mini, the 1100 is front wheel drive. It featured “float on fluid” hydrolastic suspension and came with modern rack and pinion steering and front disc brakes, at a time when the competition was still lagging behind in technical terms. The 1100/1300 range of family cars was Britain's best selling car for much of its 12 year production run.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 BMC launched the estate version. It was built as the 1100 Countryman (Austin) and the Morris Traveller. There were two facelifts before production of the estate ended in 1973.
Although two Princess estates were built by Vanden Plas as prototypes this model did not reach production and no other estate variants were attempted by BMC.
Madge started life as a Morris Traveller in July 1967. In 1992 she was acquired by her previous owner, Jean Wooster, and rebuilt by Jean’s family. They used MG panels and mechanicals, intended for the restoration of an MG 1300, which was found to be too badly corroded to repair. Madge then began her new life as an MG 1300 estate and has now been in this configuration for more than half her life.
Jean sold Madge to us in 2001 and we enjoyed her for a couple of years before she failed her MOT and was put aside to await repair. Unfortunately, circumstances meant that this work did not begin for 10 years.
The restoration was completed in 2017. This has been a very comprehensive job. Much structural welding has been done to eliminate every trace of rust. The engine and gearbox have been rebuilt as has the suspension. The car has received a new wiring loom and been fully repainted. It is now virtually a new car.
The MG 1100/1300 saloon appeared in six different two tone colour combinations. These did not include the fetching Grampian Grey over Old English White that Madge carries. Accordingly, like the rest of the car, the paintwork is unique.
We are only aware of one other MG estate conversion. We know this vehicle no longer exists as we have spoken to the person who scrapped it. Madge is therefore in every way unique.
In July 2019 Madge won two Concours d'Elegance awards at different classic car shows.