This year’s FoS sale is no exception, with Lot 209, for example, giving a one-off opportunity to acquire a unique coachbuilt-bodied MG B prototype, dressed in an attractive Pininfarina soft top body.
Shortly after original MG B had been launched in 1962, the marque’s engineers in Abingdon began considering the next generation replacement model, aimed at improving the mid-size MG’s chassis dynamics, with an all-new independent rear suspension lay out.
Work began on constructing a drivable prototype, code named 'EX234', using BMC’s proven 1,275cc A-Series engine and gearbox, Austin Champ rear axle, and Hydrolastic suspension units. Once completed, the rolling chassis was sent to Pininfarina in Turin to be bodied. The pleasing result was pure Pininfarina, with hints of the skilled coachbuilder's Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Peugeot 204 Cabriolet and Alfa Romeo 105-Serues Duetto models, while at the same time incorporating the sawn-off 'Kamm' tail that would later appear on the facelifted Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider.