The car's list price new is £18,276 for an example with power steering, ABS brakes and metallic paint - including delivery. Alan Cole, the Glass's Guide editor who attended the sale organised by ADT Auctions at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, said: 'Rover has created a classic with the current model. Demand is so high that customers ordering a new car now will have to wait 21 weeks for delivery of a 1.8i and 25 weeks for a VVC model.'
Fifty cars were auctioned at an event attended by 99 of the 112 MG dealers. The average trade price achieved was £18,600 with a top of the range VVC model realising £22,900 (list price new: £19,890). Glass's reports strong demand for many open sports cars including the new Fiat Barchetta (available only in left hand drive), the Alfa Romeo Spider models and the long-running Mazda MX 5. BMW and Mercedes-Benz will enter the market this year with, respectively the Z3 and the SSK.