I have owned the car for 8 years, and in that time I’ve enjoyed using it regularly for holidays, classic car shows and also for local use. It’s by no means a garage queen but I think you’ll struggle to find a better one for this price. It’s had a great deal of work during its life, which I will detail throughout the ad. It’s not a show car, but presents nicely indeed - if you’re after a solid, reliable MGB to use, then this is most probably the one for you!
The car was subject to a comprehensive mechanical and body restoration in the mid 1990s, where it had new sills and castle rails amongst other major works. I have receipts for all of the work carried out at this time, along with MOTs dating back to 1988.
In recent years the car has covered 3-5000 miles per year, with complete reliability.
Work I’ve undertaken during my ownership (I am an ex-BMC mechanic!):
· Full engine rebuild, with new bearings, rings, oil pump etc
· New clutch
· Gearbox rebuild with new bearings
· Unleaded cylinder head
· Stainless steel exhaust
· Front and rear springs (rear springs are parabolic)
· Gas shock absorbers all round
· Minilite style wheels
· Full new interior – seat covers, foams, original walnut dash, Moto-Lita steering wheel
· Halogen headlamp conversion with relays
· Stainless boot rack
· Replacement canvas hood, and includes half tonneau cover.
Bodywork is straight and solid throughout with very good panel gaps – the paintwork is presentable, but this is not a concourse show car! Door and wing bottoms are all nice and solid and the doors shut with a nice ‘clunk’. Both the bonnet and boot lids are rust free and are fitted with gas struts.
The car appears to be very solid throughout. Sills, castle sections, floorpans, chassis legs and spring hangers are all in good order, and the car is free from nasty patchwork-quilt type repairs. I doubt there will be much to worry about in the near future! Of course, the car is MOT exempt but I have no worries about the car going through another test and am happy to negotiate a fresh MOT with the new buyer.
As mentioned, the interior has been fully replaced – new seat covers and foams, along with new carpets and a period walnut dashboard. The hood is in good all-round condition, as is the frame. A hood cover is also included in the sale, along with the period Motorola radio that’s currently fitted. A leather-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel and boss are fitted.
A Gold-Seal replacement engine has been fitted and starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 750rpm, as it should. It doesn’t use oil or water, and the compressions are all very strong. Electronic ignition is fitted, along with K&N filters and a Kenlowe fan - however the engine runs nice and cool and doesn’t actually require it! You can see in the pictures that the engine bay is tidy (and, body colour), - it could be detailed to look very nice indeed. Exhaust note great and the car pulls and drives as it should. Oil pressure is excellent. Overdrive is fitted, and functions very well. The rear axle is nice and quiet and the gearbox has no synchromesh issues.
I have the current V5 document and MOT, along with a huge stack of bills and receipts, dating back to the late 80s.
All in all, this is a great little car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed. No, it’s not a trailer queen, but if you are looking for a usable, reliable classic for regular use, then this is probably the one for you!
The car must be viewed and collected from my home in Urmston, Manchester.
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