Back in 2017, at the NEC International Classic Motor Show, the club learnt of the existence of a BMC exhibit reputed to date from the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It was a cutaway MG 1100 engine mounted on a subframe and driven by an electric motor. Switched on, it provides a fascinating insight into the internal workings of the 1100 power unit.
The club acquired it soon after and once the weather warmed up the Essex branch of the club set to work to restore it and also to construct a trailer to mount it on so that it could be easily be transported to and from shows.
Appropriately, its first appearance was at 2018 NEC International Classic Motor Show where it was a huge success and visitors stood around mesmerised. It also fitted in rather well with that year’s theme ‘built to last’ as the A-Series was built right up to the final version of the Rover Mini.
Watch the cutaway engine in action shortly after the restoration by Tea-M Essex was complete.