1973 MG MGB Roadster
The MGB is built to a simple, sensible formula and with simple,
sensible technology, even for its time: The two-seater body,
designed from the ground up as a no-roof roadster (not chopped-down
from a contemporary sedan, such as the Morris Minor convertible)
features quite deep and wide sills for good length-ways and
twisting stiffness and during design, there was attention paid to
the 1960s' emerging technology of crash safety too, with an energy
absorbing crush zones designed into the nose of the car.
Our consignor states that her husband had fully restored from the
ground up this 73 MGB to the tune of about $35,000 total cost and a
large folder of repair receipts are included to back that up. This
rag topped sports car is appearing as close to the 1973 car that
sat in the British Leyland showroom, with careful attention to the
paint and period correctness.
With gaps well minded and steel straight with no rust we see the
exterior bathed in a respray of Glacier White, the paint is nicely
done. A few faults on the lower door panels and rockers where some
sanding and swirl marks can be noted, but nothing seen without
careful inspection. The chrome is mirror like and shows no pitting,
badging is all buttoned up, and the glass, with its federally
mandated triple wiper set, is crystal clear. The black vinyl
convertible top and moves up and down manually with ease and has a
clear but wrinkled trio of windows in back and a taped over tear on
the top. Newer Vredestein tires wrap 14-inch MG standard knock off
wire wheels. A shout out to the black carpet lined trunk with its
full size covered spare, factory tools and a remote mounted CD
A fully restored black vinyl interior can be seen even better with
the top down. Tuck and roll vented vinyl inserts are surrounded by
clean mar free smooth black bolsters covering the dual buckets. The
hump races through these seats and sports a mini MG badged wood
turned gearshift knob within a padded armrest equipped console.
Black padded vinyl in excellent condition forms an elongated oval
in front of the steering wheel and houses the gauge cluster right
in the driver's sight line. A like newwood rimmed steering wheel
fronts the dash and is of original form. An aftermarket AM/FM/CD
player is fittedhere also as well as an added cup holder on the
console. Nice black carpet floods the floors and has MG embroidered
floor mats above.
A pop of the bonnet and you'll be amazed at how great everything is
buttoned up and visually appealing. The 1798cc 4 banger has been
completely restored, and has a deep maroon engine block and
cylinder head. A ribbed black valve cover is on and we note a
ribbed lid over the open air cleaned elements which provided air
from the side to the dual 1-barrel carbs in the form of SU HS4's. A
4 speed manual is bolted to the back of the mini mill and sends
power to a 3.90 cogged rear axle. Careful attention has been paid
to all details such as correct lines, cables, coil, hoses right
down to the decals.
Very clean, rust free and structurally sound it's simply a lot of
nicely painted black surfaces. Independent coil springs up front
and leaf springs are on the rear and provide the handling ride.
Disc brakes are on front, and drums on the rear and a factory heads
snakes down from the mill and winds rearward passing through a
stock style replacement muffler.
Climbing into the near showroom interior it started right up and
idled smoothly. After a brief warm up I left the clutch out and
enjoyed my cruise around the Classic Auto Mall Test track, (a
well-kept secret as to its actual location). It runs great, handles
nicely, and has an upscale feel with the padding, and all being
The goal was to bring this car up to award winning snuff, and I'd
say accomplished. A fully working example ready to be scooped up
and driven immediately, we are all spit spot. I say old chap, let's
take a tool through the Dandenongs mate!
H-BMC B-Series 1.8 Liter
N-2 Seat Roadster
U-USA Left Hand Drive
323046G-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.