1973 Honest MGBGT SOLD
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|There’s nothing quite like an early 70s MGB GT. The perfect mix between 60s sportscar design and the refinements of the later cars. These cars are a fantastic investment, with prices rising all of the time.|
This car is no exception. I bought it last summer and dry stored it over the winter. I bought it as a winter project, but sadly, my father passed away in January this year, and I’ve just about completed 95% of the jobs to do, but I’ve run out of time and space. The car is now both tax and MOT exempt, although Both garages who have worked on the car have described her as “a little belter”, and see absolutely no reason why she would not pass an MOT.
Her colour is British Racing Green, which one of the most sought after colours of the MG range, and the V5 shows that this is in fact the original colour.
It appears that the car had major work done throughout the 1990s which consisted of most, if not all new body panels ( both outer and inner), and structural and mechanical rebuilds. In 1983, she had a reconditioned engine fitted at 99,000 miles, which I have the receipt for, which technically means she’s only done about 26,000 miles, as her odometer reads 126,000.
I have a great deal of history for the car which goes back to the early 1980’s detailing much of this, and I have spent a further £2000 myself recently, on a full respray, as she had been stood since 2012 before I got her, and her paintwork was dull. She was also stood for several years before that, but I have no evidence on what years these were.
Structurally, she appears to be nice and solid. The sills, castle rails, chassis legs are all in very good order, and I had the spring hangers replaced before I put her into storage.
The rear wing-top seams are all in VERY good order, due to the respray and restoration work, as are the front and rear wings, along with door bottoms, sills etc. She’s not a concourse car but she’s not the usual tarted-up junk either. She sits on her original Rostyle wheels, which are virtually unmarked, and these set her off really well. She also boasts 4 very good tyres.
She starts, runs and drives very nicely indeed. The carbs have just been cleaned and rebalanced and the she ticks over smoothly, and pulls strongly. Her fuel system has been professionally cleaned, and she sports a brand new fuel tank. There are no overheating issues and the oil pressure is the best I’ve ever seen on an MG. The overdrive is fully functional, and makes cruising a pleasure.
The brakes grab nicely and she pulls up in a straight line. She rides lovely (for an MGB!), and she has a beautiful raspy sound that comes from her exhaust, and there aren’t too many rattles. She really is a pleasure to travel in.
The interior is very clean and tidy, and I have fitted thermal and soundproofing underlay, and she has been fitted with a brand new steering bos, which is attached to a beautiful brand new leather rimmed 15 inch steering wheel. A period radio cassette sits in the centre console. The dash is in very good condition, and the centre console arm rest and storage compartment have been refurbished, complete with new catch. However, the headliner needs re sticking to the board.
So, what needs completing to finish her off? Well, she needs a new fuel sender, which I have, the courtesy light switches need installing, which I have, and she needs a gearbox service, as I don’t know when the oil in it was last changed.
Like I said earlier, she just needs finishing, and she will make an outstanding example of an early 1970’s MGBGT. I’ve put her up at £7350 ono, and I feel that this is an excellent price for a fantastic car which attracts a great deal of attention wherever it goes. Obviously it’s not a concourse show car but it’s generally very, very good indeed, which just needs that final push to elevate it to another level. You’ll be able to see that for yourself when you come to view.
Please take your time looking through the photos – I am not trying to hide anything from prospective buyers, Ive just run out of time and space to complete her, and if you come to view, you’ll see that I’m a completely honest man, and don’t forget, it’s always better to come and view a car, as there is no substitute for coming to see the car yourself.
I strongly recommend viewing the car if you plan to buy. I've described her as well as I can. She is sold as seen with no warranty because of her age, and all funds must be cleared before she can be taken away. Thanks, JP
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