Found in West Virginia, well kep by previous owners, came in with perfect rust free floow, excellent body with original paint and no damage, rust, or filler. Also, came in as an ugly, gutless, ill handling late model B. But not any more. Just finished a comprehensive rehabilitatoon. Professional chrome bumper conversion, we even eliminated the side lights (properly, via welding in metal NOt slathering on fiberglass), all new new sheet metal lights, bumpers, grille, trim, and hardware (exterior is not indistinguishable from a pre 1968), lowered to early B ride height with new springs and bushings, 14" wire wheels, new Weber 32DGV on Piece manifold, tubular racing headers, new top, all new interior with leather seats, Zebra wood dashboard, new wood steering wheel, new seat belts, carpeted trunk, boot cover, original jack, new Sony stereo/CD with USB input, and (of course) new paint. Done to a literally 'mirror-like' finish. Gorgeous. Truly show quality. With perfect fit, arrow straight down the sides, really impressive. Engine: perfect compression and oil pressure, zero smoke, runs perfectly, everything works, exhaust is quiet, new fuel pump, new clutch master cylinder and slave unit, gas tank cleaned, 47k original miles (according to last owner) but shows 71k due to replacement speedo unit, was always garaged by last owner. Result, as nice a 'hybrid' MGB as exists....the beautiful esthetic of the early cars, the sophisticated upgrades of the later cars (electronic ignition, thermostatically controlled electric radiator cooling fans, bigger gauges, clock, better engine/trans mounting, thorough rust proofing, smoother engine, better gearbox, more modern safety equipment, better fusing and electrical system, servo assist power brakes, on and on), Just finished and ready to drive anywhere.
The Pick of the Day is a nice example of the British sports car that was once an overwhelming favorite but never gained traction as a collector car
As the ClassicCars.com Journal launches Import Car Month, each of my ‘foreign’ sports cars provides its own variations of wonder and woe
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.
Each week, The Daily News @ ClassicCars.com staff gets together for a meeting.
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.