One of the best conversion we ever did.............what came in as a rust free, ugly, gutless, and ill handling ugly ducking has emerged as an exquisite very usable classis sports car.
Excellent body with very nice tartan red paint, a complete chrome bumper conversion.....removed the ugly and heavy rubber bumpers, added new sheet metal, lights, eliminated and plated over the holes for the side lights, fitted a Mk I grille, new chrome bumpers, lowered the car to the pre 1975 ride height, fitted a modern 32/36 Weber DGV carb and improved exhaust manifold...........NOW a great MGB. Much better handling, performance, and (of course) exterior appearance..
See, here is the situation.....other than those three tiny issues (bumpers, etc.) the later MGBs were superior cars. Power assist disc brakes, front AND rear sway bars, rust proofed, bigger gauges, better engines and transmissions, stronger back axles, better cooling systems, electronic ignitions, etc. Reliable, fun to drive, easy to service, and with a style that defies aging.
Hence our elaborate conversion.
But on this car we went further...note the custom dying of the dash surround, console, etc. so that it all matches. And with leather seats, modern stereo, new top and tonneau, carpeted trunk, and wire wheels with 185/70 radials, this is one fabulous MGB.
And yes, perfect compression and oil pressure, zero smoke, rebuilt front end, excellent wiring, ready to drive anywhere. And, isn't that what is all about?
This 1963 model was in storage for 35 years, but has been nicely restored and driven only 51,000 miles since new
By the mid-1970s, the MGB was getting long in the tooth. The sports car had grown heavier due to DOT crash regulations.
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I owned two MGBs long ago — a spanking new ’78 and an old ’73 — but both were gone from me by the year 1985.
The classic MGB has always been an attractive and affordable choice for sports-car fans, but with one complaint: it could use more power.
When the talk turns to affordable classic sports cars, the first one considered is often the MGB, Britain’s most-successful roadster.
Extremely popular in its day, the MGB of Great Britain has never had great value as a collector car.
MG is the moniker for “Morris Garages” of Oxford, England, which began in 1924 or 1925 at a dealer of Morris brand vehicles.
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