One of the best conversions we have ever done....prepared for a couple in New York City who wanted a really well trimmed little sports car. Which we delivered to them.
Started with an excellent, rust free 1977 roadster with only 67,000 original miles, perfect floors and body. Then repainted in a darker blue....it really is gorgeous. And an elaborately done interior, tan with burled wood dashboard. And a tan top. Not sure the photos do this car justice as 'in person,' it is a real jewel.
Excellent engine and transmission, Weber, improved exhaust manifold, lowered to pre-1975 ride height, redone front end, new bushings and springs. And finally an elaborate chrome bumper conversion, all new chrome, new grille, lights, brackets, sheet metal and we even eliminated the side lights. Other than the more efficient triple wipers, the exterior is identical to a pre-1969 MB.
Wire wheels, brakes gone over, modern stereo/CD, carpeted trunk, spare wheel cover, virtually perfect wiring and electrics, all the virtues of a late model B....rear sway bar, power disc brakes, better engine, smoother transmission, stronger back axle, far better electrics, thermostatically controlled electric radiator fans, electronic ignition.....geez, sounds like a modern car, doesn't it?
And it runs oh, so well, smooth ride, precise steering, excellent brakes, and ample straight line performance with a top speed over 100 mph. Reliable, easy to service and most parts are incredibly inexpensive. Ready for daily use, shows, and long distance cruising.
Most people just don't know how good these late model MGBs really are....once you get past them (in stock form) being ugly, ill handling, and gutless. But not this lovely car.
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