Just in, a solid, very clean and VERY early MGB (one of the first 8,000 built, earliest B we have ever had), excellent body (no sign of rust, patching, or bondo), very good older red paint, all good or new chrome, wire wheels, very nice presentation.
Runs very well.....compression test was 145-150 psi in every cylinder, 70 psi oil pressure when warm, no smoke cold or hot, carbs seem to be in a good state of tune, very clean and nicely detailed engine bay, very good interior with black seats and red piping, carpets and panels in very good condition, same with convertible top and tonneau.
Has a nice, original banjo steering wheel, all gauges and electrics work, fitted with an optional oil cooler, we really didn't have to do much to this car other than a thorough overall check, but considering the age, this car must have led a charmed life.
The joy of the first generation of MGBs is hard to describe. In their day, 105 mph performance, disc brakes, unibody construction was all pretty advanced......Porsche didn't get disc brakes 'till 1964, Triumph still used old fashioned body on chassis through 1976, and while the later rubber bumper Bs might have seemed like a caricature by the last 1970s, remember, through the early and mid 1960s, MGB were competitive in their class at LeMans, Daytona, and other world class events.
Thus you wind up with a dandy classic car with good weather equipment, spirited performance, great ride, steering, and handling.
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