What happened to all these British Classics at Copart?

Photography Courtesy Copart

Are they all from the same collection or just part of the same tragedy?

Either way, we have noticed a lot of our British favorite hits from MG, Triumph and even Austin-Healey listed Copart’s South Florida salvage auction at in Punta Gorda, Florida.

All show the same reason for being there: water/flood.

1952 MG T-Series

1950 MG T-Series

1969 MGB

1969 MGB

1973 MGB

1979 MGB

1972 Triumph TR6

1973 Triumph TR6

1974 Triumph TR6

1974 Triumph TR6

1969 Austin-Healey

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CoupArrr New Reader
1/6/23 11:33 a.m.

So? What happened?

ktisdale New Reader
1/6/23 11:59 a.m.

In reply to CoupArrr : Water damage from hurricanes...


Noddaz PowerDork
1/7/23 10:31 a.m.

And how many did Classic Motorsports buy?

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) Dork
1/8/23 10:27 p.m.

Hurricane in FL and this is the result of insurance claims. Look for the "WL" on the outside of the cars for the water line to see how far under they were.  Being submerged under two to three feet of salt water is normal for most of these insurance claims due to this weather event.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/9/23 9:16 a.m.

In reply to Noddaz :

Unless any of my coworkers have something to tell me, I think we were all able to regulate our impulse control–at least for this one time.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/23 10:18 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

I did not buy any of those cars. I just stumbled upon the listings while looking for something on Copart. 

TurnerX19 UberDork
1/15/23 12:56 p.m.

Well the red 1969 "MGB" is really an MGC 4 speed not automatic. Fully submerged too. Good candidate for a complete re-shell if Heritage can.

TurnerX19 UberDork
1/15/23 1:13 p.m.

I just looked through the whole lot. At least 2, probably more former owners. Only the white and brown TR6s and the big Healey have future prospects in my judgement, and the Healey's is probably temporary too. Red TD has a Japanese engine and was pretty rough before the nose went under...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/20/23 10:24 a.m.

In reply to TurnerX19 :

Maybe the MGC's hood can be saved? 

TurnerX19 UberDork
1/25/23 12:03 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Bonnet for sure, it is aluminium. All the "C" specific parts, and there are a lot, need to be rescued.  These cars are a lot different from a "B" underneath. 

MyMiatas Reader
2/13/23 11:29 p.m.

Why on earth would someone just part out that MGB?  Is being submerged in salt water that deadly? Since I have seen cars from the salt belt basically completely rebuilt to new. This one is good as dead? Or is it because it would receive a salvage title?

wspohn SuperDork
2/14/23 9:55 a.m.

The MGC might be automatic - they built quite a few that way.  Hopefully someone can restore it as they are getting a bit rare now.

This one was mine - 4 speed + OD

MyMiatas Reader
2/15/23 11:05 p.m.

I had a MGB with rubber bumpers. I installed new truck floor, rear body panel left and right rear quarters and sectioned the left frame rail. Sometime in its life a PO had been rear ended and the body shop that repaired it did not do a decent job. Then it became a while you at it you might as well repair that thing.  If we keep our fingers crossed it will not be parted out. 

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