£5,750 As stated
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The opportunity to buy a desirable early Mk1 MGB GT doesn’t come about very often. The car was subject to a restoration around 10-15 years ago and has done only limited mileage since. It’s really nice to see an early car that still retains its original engine and gearbox, along with many original parts and features.
The car provides an excellent investment opportunity for somebody that wants to enjoy their money, rather than having it sitting in the bank! We bought this car with the intention of taking it to the next level but have decided that it’s simply still too good to actually need it yet! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the usual tarted-up wreck – it really is a very straight, sound car. If you’re after a good, usable car that’s not suffering from the usual MGB issues, then this could be just the car for you.
Bodily, as you can see in the pictures, the car is nice and straight. The doors shut with a lovely ‘clunk’ and the gaps are very good. As part of the restoration, the car was fitted brand new doors (not just skins), front wings, and various other repair sections as required. The paintwork has a nice shine with only minor bubbling here and there, but I must stress that it’s not perfect. There are a few areas of mismatched paint – these areas do not stand out too much in normal light conditions, but I am rather fussy! Door and wing bottoms are all solid, with no evidence of filler etc. It is NOT a concourse show car, but presents nicely, and makes for an excellent usable classic. The chromework is in good order all round, and the ultra-rare disc wheels and hubcaps have been recently refurbished and shod with new Falken tyres. The period Raydyot spotlamps really finish the car off.
The underside is clean and tidy – sills were fitted at the time of rebuild. Inner wings, inner wing trumpets are all rock solid, as are the sills, inner sills and floors. Battery boxes are nice and solid, too.
The interior is a lovely place to be – and again, all very original-spec. Replacement seat covers and foams have been fitted, along with a new carpet set. The door cards are in good order, as is the rear seat, headlining and dashboard. The original ‘banjo’ steering wheel is still there, and is an important feature for these early cars!
Mechanically, the car runs really very sweetly indeed. The original, matching numbers 18GB engine fires up from cold with ease and isn’t tappety like most B-Series engines are. There are receipts for a full engine rebuild around 10, 000 miles ago, this included a reground crank, new pistons, unleaded cylinder head conversion – the lot! It pulls strongly and runs at the correct temperature. An electric fan has been fitted, along with an alternator conversion, electronic ignition and a stainless steel exhaust. The non-overdrive gearbox is free from whines, there is a receipt for a gearbox rebuild at Simon J Robinson MG specialist. Being critical, syncromesh on second gear is slightly weak but so long as you take your time changing gear there are no real issues. The back axle is nice and quiet, and has had its pinion oil seal replaced – so no leaks! The engine bay is clean and tidy.
The car drives very nicely, stops in a straight line and doesn’t clunk and rattle like so many of these cars do. The front suspension is in good order, with no excess play in the king pins or wheel bearings. A servo has been fitted and the brakes lock up with ease. I drove the car 130 miles home from buying and it performed faultlessly throughout – including in heavy stop-start traffic.
The V5 document is present, along with a raft of paperwork – bills and receipts for most of the work that’s been carried out. These bills total over £6500! The car has had only 4 previous owners from new – not bad for 54 years! The previous owner (9 years) has compiled a diary of all the work carried out in his ownership. The car has a very clean MOT history, but of course is now MOT and tax exempt.
Anyone can have an as-new MGB that’s had a nut and bolt restoration, but there aren’t any cars around these days which retain their original feel so well. As I’ve stated, it’s certainly not a concourse show-standard car, but it oozes history, and, in my opinion, has been done just right. I don’t think you’ll find an MGB in this condition, with such low ownership, for this sort of money!
If this was a concourse Mk1, it would be worth in excess of £12k, so there is plenty of room for making improvements as and when you see fit. With a fresh coat of paint, there would be very little else to do, and you’d increase the value by more than the cost of the paintwork! Alternatively, you could just use and enjoy the car, exactly as it was designed to do! All in all, with just a little more time and effort, this really could be made into a fantastic car. I think I have priced the car very sensibly – you would struggle to find another straight, roadgoing, usable Mk1 for less than this!
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