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. This car certainly feels very lively indeed, with none of the inertia and lugubriousness of an original MGB to which, shape apart, it bears practically no comparison. Plus the front wishbone suspension is a far better design than originally. MG Share this page: The MGB has never looked, or driven, so well. This isn’t just for the irony: All of which is why these Frontline LE50s, 50 of which will ultimately be made 26 ordered so far and which celebrate a half-century’s passing since the B’s launch, have a seam-welded bodyshell brand new, from British Motor Heritage with extra reinforcing gussets and a heavily re-engineered suspension system.

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The ride is remarkably supple, partly thanks to the tall-sidewall tyres. It’s the middle of December so I’m not exactly giving it full beans in first gear, but the LE50 produces superb traction and although there are no electronic driver aids there is a limited-slip diff, which stops the back end from getting too far out of hand.

LE50 is lively, in a good way. Painting is handled by a local specialist seven weeks per car The speedometer is similarly enhanced, reading up to mph.

The new shell comes from the official Heritage plant, made on original MG tools. Litchfield Alpine A UK review. LE50 is lively, in a good way Despite all the modern accoutrements and 23kg of Dynamat sound deadening thorough attention to detail and some substantial weight savings in the drivetrain and elsewhere mean it’s actually slightly lighter than the original.

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So you can ,e50 use all the modest grip. This has no LSD to clank and click at low speeds, and isn’t quite as explosive at high revs, but the engine is sweeter and the ride calmer. View all comments in the forums Make a comment. The suspension is fully adjustable, allowing you to choose your own ideal set up for performance and comfort, putting you firmly in the driving seat.

Period features are soound done.

Heritage shell means no butchered donor Modern twist Frontline has chosen to use a tweaked Mazda MX-5 unit.

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And with more than 20 years experience in setting up MGBs for both road and track come the ultimate bespoke suspension and braking systems. Only in the way it rides soynd, dips and undulations does this car show a hint of vintageness, the result perhaps of that heavy, tautly sprung live rear axle.

BMW M2 Competition vs. It has near-perfect weight distribution across all four wheels too, with a slight bias towards the rear.

MG Motor LE50 review

You are here Driven: But who says you have to? Frontline already has well over customer test drives booked in, and it’s being sold soynd a first come, first served basis. In fact – to use the vernacular – it loves a bit of it. Does corners like no period MGB ever could With the noise trumpeting the hypnotic, charging sweep of the rev counter, the brilliant gearbox and the certain knowledge that no-one else on the road can possibly be expecting a car that looks like this to move so quickly, Frontline has already created something just incredibly joyful.

This car certainly feels very lively indeed, with none of the inertia and lugubriousness of an original MGB to which, shape apart, it bears practically no comparison.

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Wow 50K for a mazda in grandads clothing is alot! This is simply a hoot. That it also goes round corners in a playful manner and is set up to disdainfully deal with British tarmac frankly means I’m blatting along grinning like the proverbial pussycat in a dairy.

And then you meet a fast corner on the open, undulating, sweeping road along which you have been pointing the MG’s pale metallic green nose.

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That Mazda engine is mounted low and just 12mm from the firewall, giving the LE50 a near front-mid layout. Hence that mighty bhp, backed up by lb ft of torque at rpm. 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.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Turn the soune, push the bakelite starter button and the dashboards bespoke period Smiths instruments spring to life, fully digital internals ensuring complete accuracy.

Driven: the MG LE50

At the back, the live axle stays but is properly located with four links and a Panhard rod and sprung, again, by Avo coilovers. Which in this case is to deliver a car that looks to all intents soound purposes like a classic MGB, yet goes like the absolute clappers. So the car does float and pitch a bit on back roads if you use all the power.