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1969 Mk2 MGB Roadster - Snowberry White, Older Restoration SOLD

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  • £7,150 As stated
  • 1969
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Price £7,150 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make MG
Model MGB Roadster
Year 1969
Country UK
Region Lancashire
Telephone 07746 715437
Status Trade
Date 01-Jul-2020
Ref C1240979

Many more pictures available via my website.

The Mk2 MGB Roadster is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch. They are the perfect mix between the sleek, stylish design of the much earlier cars, coupled with the refinements - 5 bearing engine, better hood design, etc, making it the ultimate driver’s MGB. These cars are a fantastic investment, with prices continually rising. Being both Tax and MOT exempt, owning these cars is very affordable, along with cheap insurance – what’s not to like?

This car is no exception, and I feel you’ll struggle to find a better one in this price bracket. No, it’s certainly not a show car, but presents really well, and if you’re after a solid, reliable MGB to use that won’t deteriorate quickly, then this is probably the car for you!

I purchased the car from two brothers who had owned the car since 2011, having bought it as a project from a friend who’d had it since 1993. The car has had only 3 previous owners, which is very low indeed for a car of this age! Since its rebuild in the early 2010s, the car has covered less than 2000 miles.

The brothers set about rebuilding the car, entrusting structural repairs and a respray to a local body shop. Lots of panels were replaced – sills, door skins, rear half wings, front wing sections, and various other bits. The car was repainted in its original colour of Snowberry White. Please note that the photos make the car look a bit more off-white than it actually is – it’s painted Snowberry White which is not quite as ‘yellow’ as Old English White!

Briefly, the mechanical side of the restoration consisted of:

·  Replacement engine fitted, along with unleaded cylinder head

·  New engine ancillaries, including alternator, starter motor, distributor and more

·  New clutch and hydraulics

·  New exhaust

·  Electronic ignition fitted

·  Fully rebuilt brakes and suspension, replacing anything that it needed. For example, new rear springs, front lower arms, brake cylinders, etc.

·  12v battery conversion

Bodily, the car is straight and tidy, but like I’ve said – don’t expect a show car! The paint job has a few minor imperfections here and there but the car presents very well indeed, as you can see in the pictures! In my opinion, it is much better than buying a car that’s been painted very recently, as there could be all sorts of horrors hiding underneath the fresh paintwork. The wing-top seams are nice and clean, and free from bubbling, as are the door bottoms, wheelarches etc.

The panelwork is solid and straight, the gaps are very good and the doors shut with a satisfying ‘clunk’ and the panel gaps are very acceptable for a BMC car. The brightwork shines up nicely with only minor pitting on the bumpers – again, nothing drastic. The wire wheels don’t clunk when taking up load, and have been re-powdercoated. The tyres are all quite new, and still have the yellow stripes in the treads.

The interior is very nice – but again, not brand new! The seat covers look to be the original leather items, judging by the grain of the material, and are in good order. A replacement carpet set has been fitted, and is in excellent condition, the dashboard has been repainted in the correct crinkle-finish paint. A nice wood-rimmed Moto Lita type steering wheel has been fitted which completes the look. New inertia-reel seatbelts have been fitted. The hood has been replaced, and the frame is in good order, it fits nice and taut. A full tonneau cover is included in the sale.

The engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 750rpm, just as it should. I have covered around 100 miles in the car, and it drives just as an MGB should! Oil pressure is excellent and there are no overheating problems – I have flushed the cooling system as a matter of course. The 4-synchro non-overdrive gearbox selects gears nicely without fuss and the rear axle is nice and quiet. I have retuned and rebalanced the carburettors, reset the ignition timing etc, and the car starts easily when cold and hot. Accuspark electronic ignition has been fitted and the car has just had an ignition service with new plugs, rotor arm etc.

You can see in the pictures that the engine bay is reasonably tidy, and body colour - it could be detailed further to look very nice indeed, or equally left as it is, if you’re more interested in driving than detailing. The boot area, again, is clean and tidy, but a boot carpet set would really finish it off nicely.

I have MOTs dating back 25+ years, along with lots of other old paperwork, and of course the current V5 document.

All in all, this is an absolutely stunning little car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed. You won’t find many cars at this price that are at this standard. I travel all over the country to view these cars and this one is particularly good for the money I’m asking. If you’re looking for a show-standard car, please double your budget and look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a nice, tidy-looking, usable car that you can enjoy and improve as you go, then this is probably the car for you!

Viewing information in the current climate – The car can be viewed at my workshop, observing social distancing rules and guidelines. The car will be carefully cleaned before and after each viewing. If the weather is dry, the car can be moved outside to allow for an open-air viewing.

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