Could this the best MGF Trophy 160 SE with only one owner and 6,797 miles?
Body-colour bumpers, mirrors and door handles, tinted glass, bright sill finishers, halogen headlamps, hood cover, high level brake lamp, drivers’ airbag, remote central locking, perimetric and volumetric alarm system, speed sensitive power steering, electric windows, oil and coolant temperature gauge, drop down bin and cup holders. Trophy 160 SE Specification; 160bhp VVC powerplant, Forged Spun Ultra alloy wheels, ride height lowered by 20mm, Black bezeled headlamps, MG/AP Racing upgraded front brakes with Stop-Sign Red callipers, front bib spoiler, rear boot spoiler, bright grille and air intake mesh, sports exhaust with wide bore bright tailpipes, unique Sports cloth/leather seats, centre console and door casing inserts in body colour finish, leather steering wheel keyed to body colour, Trophy 160 rear badge. Dealership accessories; MG headlamp protectors, MG fitted mud flaps, MG rubber mats, MG carpet mats, wind deflector, Supaguard protection treatment.
Just 1,430 limited edition MGF Trophy 160 cars were produced for the worldwide market and this example is one of the 804 UK examples. To create this range topping model the roadster was worked over by Peter Stevens, MG Rovers design chief and the man behind the McLaren F1. This prime example has covered an ultra-low 6,797 miles from new with just one owner, a retired gentleman, who was insistent on the best possible protection for his new car. To this end, he specified Supaguard protection treatment, MG headlamp protectors, MG fitted mud flaps, and both genuine MG rubber mats to protect the MG carpet mats! The car was strictly garaged and used sparingly in dry weather only, and the condition is absolute testament to this pampered existence. The stunning factory Trophy Yellow, (Code FAR), paint finish is virtually perfect with no fading or imperfections worthy of mention and the original black woven acrylic fabric hood is immaculate. All panels and shut lines are straight and even the boot lid is flush as opposed to often being raised due to the incorrect fitting of the tonneau cover. All trim is unmarked and the Trophy 160 rear badge is proudly displayed as are the supplying MG dealer number plates and tax discs holder. This example will satisfy the most fastidious fanatic and could be one of the best surviving examples anywhere in the world.
The sports seats with unique cloth centre panels, (Code WRA), are standard fitment on this limited edition MGF and in a condition that is commensurate with the incredibly low 6,797 miles covered. The vibrant exterior is mirrored inside the cabin with centre console and door casing inserts in body colour finish and the steering wheel leather inserts are incredible thanks to the only owner always wearing driving gloves. The interior is simply outstanding and displays all the indicators of such a low mileage car with beautifully unworn touch points. The cut pile carpets remain protected by both sets of genuine MG mats. Both front and rear luggage areas are spotless with the front housing the original compressor in lew of spare wheel to allow for extra luggage space. Even the black bezel head lamp units still wear the fragile Valeo part stickers as well as the genuine MG headlamp protectors! MG museum quality in all respects.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The desirable four-cylinder 1796cc VVC, (Variable Valve Control) engine produces 160bhp enabling a top speed of 137mph and 0-60 in just 6.9 seconds, this is a fast car! The light weight body, race-bred chassis, mid-mounted engine and rear wheel drive configuration possesses all the correct sports car credentials to ensure optimum driver delight. The uprated Hydragas suspension is set to the manufacturers ride height of 348mm, 20mm lower than standard. The short throw sports ratio five speed gearbox completes the package.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted 16inch Forged Spun Ultra alloy wheels are in superb order with no kerb damage and only very faint tarnishing to a couple of spokes, barely noticeable. Ticking the box for absolute collector desirability are the factory fitted Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres which are not cracked or worn but should be replaced if regular use is intended. Standard for the Trophy 160 are ventilated 304mm front discs gripped by AP Racing stop-sign red calipers and solid rear discs.
Supplied new by Main Dealer, Marshall MG Rover in Peterborough, this UK MGF Trophy 160 SE was registered new on the 31st July 2002 to a Mr Kettle who purchased the car upon retirement. A fascinating senior gentleman, Mr Kettle who is now in his eighties, has only ever owned four cars in his driving career spanning well over 60 years. Preceding this MGF was firstly an Austin A30 purchased in 1960 followed by an Austin A40 in 1965 and a Skoda S100 in 1977. Incredibly, Mr Kettle has kept the order forms and purchase invoices for these cars and they have been left in the history file for the MGF to tell a story of one mans driving career which has now come to an end. Always a conscientious motorist, the owner has kept detailed journey logs dating back many years and inside the car were his driving gloves, brolly and various traditional road maps as well as Supaguard care products. He even kept the original Autocar magazine from January 2001 when the car was launched and a Trophy Yellow example was the cover feature!
In November 2023 and major service including all oils and fluids was carried out along with the cambelt and VVC belt change as well as the water pump. The original book pack is present along with both sets of keys with code tags, remote fobs and dealer keyrings and there is also an original sales brochure with price list. One owner, Trophy Yellow and just 6,797 miles from new, collectors please form a queue!
MOT August 2024, HPI Clear.