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Scarlet Fever owned by Andy Phillips

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MGF – Known as Scarlet Fever

Heavily modified MGF 1.8i, purchased on Feb 24th 1996 she now has 109,000 miles on the clock.


Serious accident on Feb 8th 2003 resulted in a 6-month rebuild live on the Internet by the owner (www.sfforever.co.uk), including step-by-step photographs of the entire strip down and stage photographs of the rebuild works.  The website is now a useful resource on how to perform a vast amount of DIY jobs on the car.

Rebuild completed by the MGF Centre in Wolverhampton, including the paintwork, which consists of two unique colours based on the Rover Palette – the stripe is part of the paintwork – it is not vinyl.  The red is Flame Red and the cream is Sandalwood Beige, but both colours have a large flake gold metallic lacquer.


The colours are supposed to hark back to the 1950s/60s Abingdon works cars (Tartan Red with Old English White hardtops), but brought up to date with the metallic lacquer and the X-Power inspired stripe. 


This philosophy seems appropriate given the MGF has some retro features. Like the MGB inspired nosecone and T –Type MG badge mounted on a shield to link it to the previous generations of MG, yet at the same time looks to the future with the mid-engine/RWD configuration and wedge profile.

The car has been comprehensively modified inside and out over the past 8 years, red and cream leather trim with walnut dash panels and alloy/chrome brightwork inside coupled with a lowered stance, uprated brakes, steering and significant engine modifications under the skin compliment the exterior styling.

Modifications – as of 17th February 2005

I started modifying Scarlet in 1996 and have added, tweaked and swapped parts ever since.  There is no overriding philosophy behind it other than simply doing things I like, so in some respects the work done is more in line with personalisation than modification.  Anyway, below is a pretty comprehensive list of the items I have altered over the years.

Interior Modifications

Full Mike Satur leather re-trim including:

  • Seats – red / cream leather

  • T-Bar – red / cream leather

  • Drop down bin – red / cream leather

  • Cubby box lid – red / cream leather

  • Door pods – red / cream leather

  • Half tonneau cover (hood) – red / cream leather

  • Half tonneau cover (hard top) – red / cream leather

  • Hard top headlining – red / cream leather

  • Handbrake gaiter – cream leather

  • Gear lever gaiter – cream leather

  • Seat belt pads – cream leather

Mike Satur interior accessories, including:

  • Burr walnut – Instrument binnacle cowl

  • Burr walnut – Passenger air bag blank

  • Burr walnut – Handbrake handle

  • Burr walnut – Gear knob (with MG logo in red/cream)

  • Burr walnut – Mark 2 fascia

  • Burr walnut – Heater control backing

  • Aluminium – Heater control knobs

  • Aluminium – Wing mirror adjusters

  • Aluminium – Door lock pins

  • Aluminium – FX pedals

  • Aluminium – FX speaker covers (x4)

  • Aluminium – FX billet windstop

  • Aluminium – Seatbelt escutcheons

  • Aluminium – Seatbelt guides

  • Aluminium – Seat back adjusters (capstan wheels)

  • Aluminium – Gear gaiter ring

  • Red carpet over mats

MGF Centre interior accessories:

  • Mark 2 fascia, painted silver

  • Air vents, painted silver

  • Windscreen aperture, painted Flame Red (gold metallic)

  • Door lock pin escutcheons

  • Rover 800 door open warning lights

  • Mark 2 driver’s airbag (with enamel badge)

  • MG logo cill tread plates

Miscellaneous interior accessories:

  • Newton Commercial walnut MG logo (on cream painted background)

  • Newton Commercial walnut ashtray surround

  • Newton Commercial walnut door pull surrounds

  • Chrome Design instrument cluster fascia

  • Chrome Design heater control rings

  • Chrome ashtray

  • Chrome cigar lighter

  • Red footwell illumination bulbs

  • Twin LED (red / white) rear view mirror bulbs

  • X-Power SV bonnet badge, mounted on T-Bar

  • Burr walnut steering wheel

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Exterior Modifications

MGF Centre items:

  • Paintwork – 2 tone Flame Red (gold metallic) and Sandalwood Beige (gold metallic) in an X-Power inspired design.

  • Trophy style front splitter

  • ‘Scarlet Fever’ nose and tail graphics in red.

Brown and Gammons items:

  • KH Splitter

Mike Satur items:

  • F-ONE rear spoiler

  • F-ONE quad rear light clusters

  • Heritage hardtop

  • ‘Unleaded fuel only’ fuel filler badge

  • ‘Stubby’ aerial

Miscellaneous items:

  • 16” TSW Blade wheels, painted cream / red to match bodywork

  •  ‘Scarlet Fever’ cill graphics in cream

  • Stainless steel, laser cut (hexagons) front grille set, powder coated red

  • Stainless steel, laser cut (hexagons) side grille set, powder coated cream

  • Stainless steel, laser cut (hexagons) rear grille, powder coated red

  • Headlamps, outer reflectors painted colour keyed to bodywork

  • Union / chequered flag wing badges

  • Clear / smoked front indicators

  • Clear / smoked side repeaters

  • High level brake light

  • Twin LED (red / white) side light bulbs

  • MGF Centre supplied, Phoenix exhaust heat shield finisher

  • Colour keyed number plates (by fancyplates.com)

  • Wiper mounted windscreen washer jets

Mechanical Modifications

Mike Satur suspension items:

  • Lowering knuckles

  • Poly bushes all round

  • Billet aluminium rear camber adjusters

  • Aluminium front anti-roll bar drop links (to be fitted)

  • Titanium rear anti-roll bar drop links (to be fitted)

  • Spax adjustable shocks

Mike Satur brake system items:

  • Aluminium and titanium FX 4 pot front callipers

  • Black diamond front pads

  • 280mm diameter drilled front brake discs

  • Stainless steel braided brake hoses

  • Drilled and grooved rear brake discs

  • Mintex 1155 rear brake pads

  • Brake pedal height adjuster


Miscellaneous brake system items:

  • Brown and Gammons brake servo support bracket

  • MGF centre supplied TF steering rack


Mike Satur engine modifications:

  • ITG Maxogen air induction system

  • Trophy throttle body

  • VVC inlet plenum and manifold (matched)

  • Stage 1, gas flowed cylinder head

  • 4:2:1 (Janspeed) exhaust manifold

  • Aluminium under body coolant pipes

  • Hose clips

MGF Centre engine modifications:

  • Phoenix stainless steel cat bypass

  • Phoenix stainless steel exhaust system

  • TF aluminium radiator

Miscellaneous items

Under bonnet:

  • Polished battery cover

  • Sign to warn mechanics about the suspension modifications

  • Polished bolt heads


  • MGF Centre supplied, 2 additional boot nets (3 in total)

  • MG Rover boot net

  • MG Rover boot lock protector

  • Engine bay access grille painted cream

  • Full 8 piece, colour keyed and monogrammed fitted luggage (by JazBags)