• This 12-Year-Old British Sedan Is Arguably the Lowest-Mileage Car You Can Buy

When it comes to miles on the clock, this MG ZT is newer than your brand-new car...

It’s not uncommon for automobile auction events to trade low-mileage cars, both vintage/classic or of more recent production, but this year’s Classic Car Auctions sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Center will probably go down in history for selling the lowest-mileage used vehicle. The car in question is a 2004-model-year MG ZT that has only three miles on the clock after its owner placed it into storage as soon as he bought it 11 years ago.

Making the story that much more interesting is the fact that the MG ZT is by no means a valuable collectible. Introduced in 2001 as a development of the Rover 75, the ZT was produced only until 2005, when MG Rover went bankrupt and was purchased by Nanjing Automobile of China. Offered in both sedan and wagon body styles, it was the company’s then-largest model and was sold with a selection of four-cylinder engines, a V-6, a

sourced diesel, and a V-8 borrowed from the Ford Mustang.

The current owner purchased the car in 2005 from a dealer that was selling the ZF at half price and it was delivered to his farm just outside the Silverstone race track with only one mile on the odometer. After driving for just two miles along the driveway, he decided to put it into storage, keeping it in a heated garage, in a Carcoon and later in a Car Bag for all these years. Preserved beautifully and with only three miles on the clock, the owner believes that this is the best condition and lowest mileage MG Rover in the world.

I think that it could actually be lowest used car in the world of any marques, but there’s no simple way of proving it.

Classic Car Auctions estimated that the sedan will fetch between £8,500 and £10,500 (about $11,300 to $13,950) when it goes under the hammer on September 24, 2016. Needless to say, that’s not a lot for a car with just three miles on the odo, but a decent amount given that the car itself is far from being a collectible.

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This 12-Year-Old British Sedan Is Arguably the Lowest-Mileage Car You Can Buy
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It’s definitely awkward that someone decided to keep a somewhat worthless vehicle in storage for many years, but it’s not my business to judge what other do with their possessions. I would’ve probably driven this thing to exhaust having bought it at a big discount, but I’m definitely not the kind of guy that would put something with wheels into storage. I can’t help but wonder whether the owner planned to make a profit a decade later by selling, but judging by that estimate, the MG ZT won’t bring him a fortune. Either way, this pristine sedan should be interesting to MG Rover gearheads that have been dreaming to see a brand-new ZT 15 years since its introduction. Assuming there are any...

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2004 MG ZT with three miles on the clock for auction at Classic Car Auctions’ September Sale.
Exactly as it left the factory, the current owner believes this is the best condition and lowest mileage MG Rover in the world.
Estimated at between £8,500 and £10,500, the car is for auction on 24th September.
A 2004 MG ZT 1.8 Turbo, with an unbelievable three miles on the clock, will go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on 24th September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

A remarkable find, the current and only owner purchased the car from a Derby based dealer in 2005 who was selling off the cars at half price following the collapse of MG Rover. It was then delivered to his farm just outside Silverstone race circuit with only one mile on the clock.

The owner wanted to have the ‘best in the world’ and so the car was immediately placed into storage, initially in a heated garage, subsequently in a Carcoon and latterly in a Car Bag, which has beautifully preserved the car. Amazingly, the owner has driven the car just two miles along the driveway, meaning the mileage now reads only three miles.

Now for sale again 11 years later, estimated at between £8,500 and £10,500, the owner believes this is the best condition and lowest mileage MG ZT in the world.

Presented in British Racing Green, it is in immaculate condition and exactly as it left the Longbridge factory. It still has the original ContiSport tyres and even the same fuel that was put in the tank all those years ago. The 1.8 litre turbocharged iconic Rover K-Series engine is gleaming.

Commenting on the sale of the car, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, said, “It’s amazing that our vendor has never used this car on the road and has cared for the car so much that it has been tucked away and only covered three miles. The time is now right to part with it and Classic Car Auctions are very proud to have been asked to help find it a new home.”

The high spec interior, so well preserved there’s still a new car smell, features half leather seats, green alcantara door lining, air conditioning and CD player.

Guy added, “This really is a special collector’s piece and certainly an amazing example of history from the last domestically owned mass-production car manufacturer.”

To find out more about the car and CCA’s September Sale please visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/mg-rover-zt-1-8-turbo.

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