Factor in a tiny frontal area and short gear ratios. 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. Instead the LE50 man-hugs you and gives you all the detail well ahead of time. Especially as, to be extra-sure, this one is seam-welded too. You are here Driven: Suspension is still double wishbones at the front, but just the original crossmember remains, with wishbones, hubs, Avo coilover dampers and geometry all new. Introduction Prices and specs.
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Surprisingly, the steering retains the original MGB rack soknd, with the relatively slow gearing needed for a lack of power assistance. It has near-perfect weight distribution across all four wheels too, with a slight bias towards the rear.
The roof makes sense in this context, even before you learn there’s now a hp 2. Suspension is aluminium wishbones with adjustable telescopic dampers at spund front and a multi-link set-up with adjustable coilovers at the rear to better control the live axle Frontline has to retain for those type approval purposes.
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. Probably not – but the LE50 has huge character, true discerning exclusivity and an enormous sense of fun on its side. Only in the way it rides crests, dips and undulations does lf50 car show a hint of siund, the result perhaps of that heavy, tautly sprung live rear axle.
But could you really consider one of these over a Porsche Cayman? Such a well-conceived idea, built on 20 years’ experience and executed with a flourish. The chassis is beautifully judged – the best of both worlds, ancient and modern.
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But who says you have to? Spring rates and anti-roll bars are all specific, too. The engine drives the rear wheels via the MX-5’s lightweight, all-aluminium six-speed manual gearbox. View all comments in the forums Make a comment.
Period features are faithfully done First clue to this potential comes even before you’ve pressed the Bakelite starter button. The speedometer is similarly enhanced, reading up to mph. Thankfully, like the instruments, soudn control modern components – including air conditioning, heated seats and a heated front windscreen, if you want them.
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And the instruments are still Smiths sounx wear their original-style typefaces. It’s friendly and completely intuitive and inspires huge confidence, helped by the high-profile in both senses messages from the tyres.
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Plus the front wishbone suspension is a far better design than originally. So the car does float and pitch a bit on back roads if you use all the power.
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. There will be only Definitely not numbers. Visible seams are spirited away and the rear side window apertures get bigger flanges, to take seals better able to banish wind noise. Painting is handled by a local specialist seven weeks per car But this MGB produces bhp at rpm from its 2.
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.
On the road it is immediately encouraging – no fear factor, just the reassuring smack of sorted sounv. 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.