The latest from Octagon

Our new re-launch has been up for a while now but we have recently updated with a few tweaks. Hope you are all finding the site helpful. We are now also active on on Facebook and you can check out our latest there and join in the conversation.

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Below you can see the latest post from @Venables St. our blog for the latest news from Octagon, including events, specials and general goings on.

David’s MGA Phase 2!

Well the front valence is on, and the car is back in the shop for some engine work!! I really just wanted a little ‘hot rodding’ to the engine, so that under the hood would be consistent with the outer appearance of the car. I purchased a cross flow head from Moss, which appears to be a somewhat controversial item, but which makes nothing but sense theoretically, and a mild cam from ‘Basil’, who many of you MG types probably know – and phase 2 is well under way!FullSizeRender

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David’s MGA Project

I remember, many years ago, seeing for the first time, a Le Mans MGA, and being struck by its beauty. Since becoming involved with Octagon, I have often thought it would be really fun to build an, “in the spirit of competition”, tribute MGA. The racing windshield and bumperless look, to me,  reveal the purity of the beautiful flowing lines of the car. MGA’s are fairly inexpensive and readily available because of the large number that were produced and, while not very exotic, they offer the true British roadster experience. Well – about 20 yrs after first seeing the real thing, I have actually followed through on this idea. I found a solid local car that had had a decent ‘restoration’ some years ago,  I found a perspex ‘sports’ windshield on Ebay – that came with instructions on how to cut down one’s own windshield frame – and I purchased the wire wheel conversion kit from Moss, along with a mesh grill, and a ‘bumper delete’ fibreglass front valence. The boys at the shop turned the car around in an afternoon, for phase 1 of the conversion, and I think the results are fantastic. It is a really fun little car to drive and, to my eye, a timeless beauty – harkening back to many of the competition roadsters of the 50’s and 60’s. As you can see in the pictures, the front valence has yet to be installed, and phase 2 of the project will be a few engine tweaks, which continue the theme of the “spirit of competition”, a little ‘straightening’ here and thereIMG_6113 IMG_6162 IMG_6195 IMG_6204 IMG_6206 IMG_6218 IMG_6228 and then, eventually, a re paint in a different colour.  I will update this story as I go but, for now, I am just thrilled with the results. I’ll see you at the ABFM 2015 for the 60th anniversary of the MGA!!!

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  • More about what we do

    Octagon is a locally owned and operated shop that has been restoring and servicing British cars in the heart of Vancouver for over thirty years. See about us


    Our newly expanded and renovated service area is the heart of our Venables shop.

    Best in British service

    We offer the finest in service for all British automobiles from vintage marques to current models: Jaguar, MG, Austin Healey, Triumph, Austin, Lotus, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and more.

    Nobody has more experience in restoring and servicing British sports cars.

    Now Much More

    Our passsion and expertise, though, extends to virtually all sports and classic autos.

    Service is available for Porsche, Ferrari, modern Minis and classic German and Italian marques.

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    Check out the blog or our Facebook page for some of the great projects and classics and modern examples that have come through the shop and visit our service page for more details.

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    Let our experienced parts experts help you find the right part for your sports car.

    history and expertise

    For years Octagon has been the place to go for parts for vintage British sports cars. We have alway carried a full range of spares for MG, Triumph and other British marques.

    Recently we have been working to expand and improve our selection

    Now online

    Our MGB, Midget and MGA catalogues are now available for online viewing and quick ordering across Canada (and we hope to add more soon).

    wider selection

    And, while we maintain our British focus and expertise, we can help you with virtually any part you might need across the sports and classic spectrum. Test us out!

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    • now servicing virtually all British marques, years including:
    • Jaguar
    • MG
    • Austin Healey
    • Triumph
    • Austin
    • Lotus
    • Aston Martin
    • Rolls Royce & Bentley

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    • 1538 Venables St.
    • Vancouver, B.C.
    • Canada V5L 2G9
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