This very early Mk1 MGB GT is very unusual as there are very few examples on ‘D’ plates. It retains many of its Mk1 features, such as the narrow gearbox tunnel, 3-synchro gearbox, early doors with different internal release, etc. Note that reversing lights have been retrofitted – but it’s definitely the original shell, as there are no indentations for the reversing lights to sit in, as on the later cars.
The car has an MOT with no advisories, until September 2019 (and the car is of course both Tax and MOT exempt), but please bear in mind that I’m selling this car as a rolling restoration project car. It is not a fully restored concourse example – otherwise I would be asking three times as much! I bought this car with the intention of taking it to the next level but other more pressing projects have taken way! The car is running and driving, on the road.
The car was in the previous owner’s hands for around 5 years – beforehand it had been standing for around 10 years. He went right through the car and replaced everything with the intention of making it a ‘good user’. There are bills and receipts for around £3500. Work included a full engine rebuild, suspension and brake overhaul, new clutch, various panelwork, a full (home) respray, new brightwork and much much more. The car has only had 5 previous keepers from new, and it appears that the car was originally Grampian Grey but was repainted quite early on in its life to Maroon B. Prior to recent works, the car had further restoration in the 1990s, which appears to have included new sills and various other repairs.
The car requires cosmetic attention. The external panelwork appears to be straight and sound, but the respray hasn’t been done to the best standard so there are various runs and variation in finish – don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible, but the photos flatter it somewhat! The seams, door and wing bottoms etc appear nice and solid, so anyone that is handy with paintwork could prep the car for respray relatively straightforwardly, if that’s what you wish to do. The new owner may wish to have the car repainted, or you could quite happily use the car as it is. The external brightwork is particularly good – the car is fitted with new bumpers front and rear, and the front grille is in good order.
The interior is nice and tidy, and quite original - some cosmetic care here would work wonders, and further increase the car's value for little outlay. Again, it’s not a concourse job but it’s very ‘livable’.
Mechanically, the car appears to be in fine fettle, having just had a full engine rebuild. Oil pressure is excellent, and water temperature is just where it should be. I've done a compression test and they're all good, too. The car ticks over healthily and pulls strongly. The original non-overdrive 3-synchro gearbox is still fitted, and is nice and tight with no apparent synchromesh issues (obviously no synchro on first gear). Four new tyres and inner tubes have just been fitted. The wire wheels are in acceptable condition, they have been repainted, but again, not show-car finish!
Structurally, the car appears to be solid where it needs to be – I suppose it wouldn’t have got an MOT if it wasn’t! It’s good to see a car that doesn’t have underseal plastered all over the underside, so you can see that the boot floor, spring hangers etc are in good order.
All in all - It’s no trailer queen, but with some cosmetic work, the value could be increased substantially – don’t forget, whatever money you put into a solid example, you’ll get more out when you come to sell (and then some!). Please don’t come to view expecting it to be a top-drawer example. If you are looking for a car to use regularly and tinker/ fettle along the way, this could be the one for you.
If the car does not sell in the current condition we will be doing the work and relisting for £10k+.
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