A very early example (built in mid 1963) and a true 'survivor.' Roughly the 14,000th example of 513,000 MGBs built.
Can't tell...either original or VERY old paint....either way, not a bubble or crack anywhere. Even has the original (often damaged, disgarded and replaced alloy bonnet). And looks great in Tartan red. ABSOLUTELY excellent underneath....original battery boxes are excellent, same with floor, sills, rockers, very impressive. Unlike at least 95% of the early MGBs which started rusting in the 1960s and continued over the past forty years.
No history BUT we found.....150 psi compression in every cylinder, no smoke, 75-80 psi oil pressure when warm, quiet valves, engine nicely painted (in areas, one couldn't possibly paint once installed), new engine mounts, a lot of new engine bay hardware, new distributor, new radiator, new handbrake cables, new steering rack and tie rod ends, all new brakes, new master cylinders, new clutch slave, new 175/65 Michelin radials. And an oil cooler.
Excellent wiring harness, all original gauges work properly, dash and dash covering are all excellent, converted to negative ground, fitted with a new stereo/CD unit with USB input, very good top and new tonneau, a few wear spots but otherwise well preserved seats (black with red piping), fairly new carpets with proper rubber MG mats.
Can't remember when I drove an early 'three synchro' MGB and found the gearbox 'like new.' Quiet in 1st gear, excellent synchromesh, perfect operation. And a silent differential.
Excellent chrome and trim, windshield is very clean (not sandblasted nor scraped), absolutely rust free trunk interior, complete new exhaust system, very close to spotless engine bay, the list goes on and on.
AND it runs and drives wonderfully.........if you never drove an early MGB it is a real eye opener. Its 98hp feels like very strong individual horses. Smooth running, incredibly flexible (as in pulling from under 1,000 rpm in top gear). Lovely gearbox. Great ride, handling, steering, and not a single rattle....while Healeys and Triumphs used traditional engineering with bodies bolted to the chassis, the MGB was all welded and of monocoque construction. And now, nearly fifty years later, this excellent MGB is about as sweet a collector's sports car as one could imagine.
For the price.
And a fun car at any price.
Easy to service, generally inexpensive parts that are widely available through many sources, classic style with the added virtue of wire wheels, 105 mph performance, comfortable, reliable (and reliability can make a quantum move upwards with the inclusion of such obvious add ons such as electronic ignition, a back upo solid state fuel pump, a high output shrouded electric cooling fan, etc.), and a joy to drive.