This car is for sale by Silverstone Auctions on Sunday 26th August 2012 at CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire. Please contact Paul Campbell on +44 (0)7812 013963 or + 44 (0)1926 691 141 for further details.
Registration: FYY 256H
Chassis Number: GHN52048279
Engine Number: 18GGRWEH13396
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Estimate (£): 12,000 - 15,000
The MGB replaced the outgoing MGA in May 1962. It then remained in production until the Abingdon factory finally closed in 1980. Compared with ‘A' the ‘B' was a more comfortable mode of transport all round with more legroom and generally more creature comforts like wind-up windows. Initially all the cars were roadsters and the suspension was slightly softer than the MGA, but it still handled well. Despite being an inch or two shorter than the ‘A' the interior space was better designed giving the passengers a bit more space plus there was now room for a more sensible amount of luggage when touring. But it carried on the ‘wind in the hair' tradition of the great British sports car and while by modern standards it is not particularly rapid, in its day its performance was regarded as ‘brisk'. The entire MGB range all used a version of the 1798 cc BMC Series B engine, which was a slightly enlarged version of the 1622cc Series A Engine.
The car we have here today has the later 5-bearing engine with around 95bhp available, it was a reliable, almost bombproof unit. By 1968 the gearbox was 'all synchromesh' plus the useful cruising option of overdrive.
FYY 256H really is a splendid example of what an MGB ought to look like and how an MGB ought to run! With MGB's being popular and plentiful there are no problems getting spare parts and body panels etc. The current owner has cut no corners on the restoration of this lovely car and it really looks the part. It also benefits from a few minor, but sensible ‘modifications' which make it more ‘driveable' in modern traffic.
There are still many MGB's out there so there is strong supply chain for all sorts of parts, over 500,000 variants of the MGB left the factory however you will have to travel a very long way to find an example as fine as this... there must be some summer left this year so here is great opportunity to get a tan and feel that wind blowing through your hair!
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