1971 MGB GT V8 efi Massive Spec. Terrific Value For Sale
Your interest is invited in this superb V8 conversion beautifully executed using an exceptionally sound 1971 shell as the basis for what has turned out to be a car that has taken the MGB to a new level of driving excellence.
The shell was taken back to bare metal prior to the meticulous ground-up rebuild. The work has been sympathetically carried out with care taken to retain originality and the all important patina, the only concession being the fitting of new carpets. The car has done approximately four thousand miles since its restoration and conversion. Most of the mechanical components are new and all are to V8 specification. The car was painted by a mechanic not a painter; usable and presentable, so if you are looking for a concours garage queen, this car will not be for you and the price reflects that. However if you enjoy your motoring and a car that is a joy to drive please read on.
Outwardly, the car is indistinguishable from a factory model but that’s where the similarity ends as it will out-perform the standard factory version in every department as a result of the sophisticated rear suspension which eliminates roll over steer, gives a much more pleasant ride and of course the improved performance of the fuel injection engine. The superb Frontline caster correction kit eliminates the weighting up of the steering mid-corner and vastly improves sensitivity with finger tip control rather than having to laboriously heave it round bend after bend. The polybushed front wishbones also contribute to the car's sharpness.
The car is an absolute pleasure to drive on twisty roads and being a true Gran Turismo, is capable of travelling serious distances in comfort and quietness; ideal for continental holidays.
In my tenure, the car has wanted for nothing and during this time, an ongoing programme of upgrades has been carried out to further improve a car that was superb in the first place.
The freshly rebuilt 3.5 litre engine has covered approximately four thousand miles and is fitted with 3.9 heads and cam along with the Lucas 14cux hotwire fuel injection system.
A bespoke chipped ecu supplied and fitted by Tornado Systems has made a big difference to the driving experience and has, with the optimised fuel mapping, added smoothness throughout the rev range, throttle responsiveness and an additional 30bhp @ 5000 rpm over the standard ecu.
Rover LT77 5-Speed gearbox
New dual circuit master cylinder
3.07:1 Differential brand new supplied and fitted by MGOC.
Frontline Developments 6-Link rear suspension. You won't find this in the Frontline catalogue or price list. This is very special and normally only fitted to cars they build in house.
Frontline Caster Correction kit
Polybushed and powder coated wishbones
New electrically heated rear screen relayed and controlled with billet aluminium switch
New electrically heated windscreen relayed and controlled with billet aluminium switch
Smiths time clock
Two console mounted auxiliary power supplies
New 75 Amp up-rated alternator
Distributor freshly rebuilt by the Distributor Doctor with bespoke advance curve.
New Mass Airflow Meter
New coolant temperature sensor
ACT Throttle potentiometer upgrade kit using modern, reasonably priced and easy to obtain
New throtte spindle and seal.
RV8 throttle linkage and accelerator cable.
New ignition coil and remote mounted ignition amplifier to avoid possible heat damage when in its usual position on the distributor casing.
Rebuilt and calibrated speedometer
New fuel gauge and sender
The car comes with comprehensive records of all work carried out during my ownership, comprising a folder containing purchase invoices which confirm the parts fitted and the suppliers from whence they came.
The car is of course tax exempt and has a current MOT.
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