Just in and a wonderful car.... just about my ideal for an early MGB.
Excellent body, beautiful paint, $1,400 worth of new interior and leather seats, a $500 wood grained dashboard, brand new top, all new chrome, spotless trunk compartment, excellent rust free floors, on and on.
AND what makes this car even 'better than new' is the installation of a later model 4 speed all synchromesh transmission. Quieter operation, easier shifting, and no 'crunching' going up and down through the gears. Also converted to negative ground, a far more efficient alternator, and we may very well convert the car to a more modern dual master cylinder prior to sale.
With wire wheels, a modern stereo, and the beautiful esthetics, really a 'dream' early MGB. Clearly the product of a lot of money spent and certainly worthwhile as pre 1968 MGBs are a joy to behold (hence personally owning a 1963 and 1965 B). The beautiful steel dash, the lack of side lights, the more powerful engine, great cars. Simple, rugged, reliable, easy to service, and plentiful supply of even the tiniest parts.
Wiring is excellent, run 80 psi oil pressure when warm, 155-160 psi compression in every cylinder, no smoke hot of cold, brakes just done (rotors and calipers), exhaust is quiet, everything works, and it is ready for show, winding back roads, or distance cruising.
And, like most of the small English sports cars we sell, provides a high degree of entertainment without the need for wildly illegal speeds. Truth is, at 60-7-80 mph an MGB is one delightful classic sports car with the added virtues of disc brakes, light and precise steering, very good ride and handling characteristics, and with its 98hp engine, capable of around 105 mph.
With a style that seems to transcend its age. And this car happens to have the optional rear seat with room for two small kids (or one big dog).
(and yes, we can 'improve' this car even further....air conditioning, modern 5 speed transmission, rear disc brakes, servo booster, engine modifications, all readily available.)
The simple pleasures of a vintage MGB race car are experienced on a twisting road course by British motor journalist and racer Dickie Meaden, who is won over by the nuanced handling of the classic sports car, even letting out a whoop as he rips around a corner on three wheels. While claiming to never […]
During this time spent indoors during shelter in place, I have been able to continue work on the MGB GT restoration. The latest project has been tackling the gearbox. For a bit of history: The 3-syncro overdrive-equipped gearbox in this car is the one in it when the car was delivered. The gearbox was rebuilt […]
While many people are feeling frustrated about the number of event cancellations, I’m looking at this change in scheduling another way: I have much more time to work on the MGB GT restoration at The Paddock. My next task for the MG is to reseal the engine. Since I already knew that John Twist, the […]
Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car, a 1967 MGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive […]
The Pick of the Day is a proper entry into British sports car madness
But he’s learned a lot more about the car and plans to drive it this fall to Hilton Head
Getting the crud off the drivetrain and peering into the gearbox
The Pick of the Day could be a collector’s daily driver
But there’s good news as well, the discovering of the car’s original paint shade