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.
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.
MG is the moniker for “Morris Garages” of Oxford, England, which began in 1924 or 1925 at a dealer of Morris brand vehicles.
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