By Meda Kessler
Photos by Ralph Lauer
We do love a British sports car
Gary Logan professes a long-standing love of “oddball” cars — he bought and fixed up a 1963 asymmetrical-custom Corvette when he was just 16.
“It was known as the ‘Outer Limits’ car and originally built from a split-window coupe that had been wrecked,” says Gary, a Fort Worth commercial photographer. “I bought it in pieces, did some research on the original owner and rebuilt the body along with my brother Randy.” Logan also built a new engine and drove the unusual-looking car all through high school before selling it. (The vehicle is now in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.) He also had a 1972 Jensen Interceptor with flame throwers on the exhaust pipes.
A native of Missouri, Gary grew up with cars and says he has always been a maker and a builder. “Dad was an engineer and was always tinkering with something, too,” says Gary. Gary’s garage/shop at his Fort Worth home is the perfect spot for tinkering. It’s immaculate and filled with every tool one could need, along with a Vespa, a Triumph motorcycle and an old Honda two-wheeler that he’s in the process of restoring. It’s obvious he’s not just partial to automobiles.
But it’s the vibrant red British sports car that catches our eye. While it’s a hardtop, it’s still a sexy vehicle with its slightly sloped roof and wide expanse of hood. The fixed-roof hatchback style was introduced in 1965, offering more luggage space than the popular roadster.
This 1969 MGB GT is Gary’s most recent restoration project. His habitual browsing led the confessed Anglophile to Dallas (the car has California roots) and the MGB in 2016.
It was in mint condition, actually, but I wanted to take it to the next level,” says Gary. That meant taking it apart — the body and the engine — in his Fort Worth garage. And since Gary still relies on brother Randy for top-notch paint work, he put it back together and drove the MGB to Missouri, where Randy runs Grain Valley Auto Body just outside Kansas City, and took it apart again. (The restored sports car is now featured on the business’s webpage.)
The car’s original color was blue, and Gary’s plan was to just paint it a pretty shade of the same color. Instead, he went with a GTO Montero Red, a beautiful contrast to the new biscuit-tan leather seats and interior. Instead of wire wheels, Gary opted for British-made 15-inch aluminum Minilites (a full spare fits in the trunk).
Under the hood, the 1800 cc four-cylinder engine is pristine. While the car’s top speed is listed as 105 mph, Gary admits he’s an around-town driver when he fires up the MGB. Plus, admirers/gawkers can get a better look when the car is moving slowly.