This is a photo of my friend, Bryan's, restored MGA currently on loan for a display at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver (he just sent it to me):
A classic "barn find," it was a dirt and dust covered rusted out hulk with a badly bent frame that he spent over 20 years restoring. Everything works flawlessly (no small feat considering the Lucas electrical system), including the tube, AM radio. (He powder coated the frame!)
Some early stages of the restoration:
First engine start:
If that video doesn't warm your heart, you're not a car guy.
First gassing up:
Bryan is the only person I know whose father bought him a personalized subscription (name embossed in gold on each issue cover) of Automobile Quarterly
when he was a child and maintained the subscription until he was an adult.
He showed up freshman year at college in a Jaguar XK 120.
I didn't have a car. I wanted to hate him. Couldn't. Too nice. Too smart. Too talented. We've been best friends for 50 years.
When younger, he was a Formula Ford race car driver for a Denver printing and graphics firm that maintained a Formula Ford race team.
His father was head of design at Ford for years.
Bryan is a real car dude.
Go see it if you're near Denver!