1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

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1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#1 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:43 pm

I've been lucky enough to be able to buy a rare R3 200 Vi. I picked it up today and it's even better than expected :clapping

I knew it was good but I had my first long'ish drive in it to bring it home and it almost felt new, not 23 years old!

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It's been in one family - father and son - since new, has covered 51k miles (only 20k on this Rover-supplied replacement engine, following a timing pully disintegration in 2005) and comes with all the original parts to convert it back to its original condition, which I plan to do over the spring.

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As well as the 17" MG 'straights' it has a BRM grille and MG ZR half-leather and Alcantara seats, all of which will be sold following removal.

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Howmanyleft shows that there are only 30 Vis still on UK roads :sad
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#2 Post by JOHNDQ » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:04 pm

Other than the straights I'd say it's spot on

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#3 Post by itcaptainslow » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:07 pm

That car was for sale some years ago having been off the road for a while, seeing these pictures reminds me. I went to look at it when it was up for sale, but it wasn’t for me.

Great to see it’s still around!
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#4 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:08 pm

JOHNDQ wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:04 pm
Other than the straights I'd say it's spot on
I have options for the wheels once the bigger MG front brakes come off. They spoil the brake pedal feel too :D
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#5 Post by itcaptainslow » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:11 pm

GTiJohn wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:08 pm
JOHNDQ wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:04 pm
Other than the straights I'd say it's spot on
I have options for the wheels once the bigger MG front brakes come off. They spoil the brake pedal feel too :D
Definitely-Vi wheels look great on the R3!

I found the pedal travel with the larger ZR160 brakes is longer when I installed them on the Streetwise VVC conversion I did some years back. Ideally the servo matched to the 282’s needs fitting too, I think.
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#6 Post by 961tat » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:35 pm

Very nice John not many in white :clapping , as for the brakes I run ZR 160 set up on my 25 GTI and I think they are 100% improvement on the original .

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#7 Post by JOHNDQ » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:27 pm

Just use a 160 master cylinder :wink3

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#8 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:33 pm

Well, John, that is impressive!

If you need a large workshop space in the Birmingham area at the end of March, I think I may know of one :wink3

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#9 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:58 am

JOHNDQ wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:27 pm
Just use a 160 master cylinder :wink3
That's an option...

I know that the standard 15" 'Linford' alloys won't fit over the ZR calipers without wheel spacers so I'm considering putting them back on.
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#10 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:58 am

220 GSi turbo wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:33 pm
Well, John, that is impressive!

If you need a large workshop space in the Birmingham area at the end of March, I think I may know of one :wink3
I'll take you up on that offer! :laughing2
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#11 Post by JOHNDQ » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:18 pm

The turbo wheels need 3mm spacer too but the 216 GTI wheels clear fine :wink3 trying to find another set for mine :*laughing my fat rear end off*

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#12 Post by Cromp85 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:02 pm

Thats a nice motor you got there :clapping
I think its the first time i have seen a white 200 Vi.
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#13 Post by GTiJohn » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:45 pm

These are going to be my 'summer wheels' , with the 'Linfords' being saved for shows :D

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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#14 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:12 pm

I preferred the 17's. :laughing2
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Re: 1997 200 Vi that will be de-MG'd soon

#15 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:23 pm

Im so in love this car. I saw it in the flesh at the Gaydon show. Brings back so many memories of my old english white 218is which i sold :slapme

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