1972 MGB GT - Mallard Green, Older Restoration - MGBGT MG BGT 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 is one of the later the chrome bumper cars – it is NOT a conversion. If you’re looking for a nice, straight (but not perfect!) example to use, enjoy and tinker with – then this is probably the car for you! Painted in a very rare colour, Mallard Green, means this car attracts a great deal of attention wherever you go.
The car has been in long term lady ownership (30+ years!) and the car was just used on high days and holidays. She bought the car to replace her Midget, and the BGT had just received a comprehensive restoration car of MG House – MG specialists in Blackpool at the time. The car has since been cared for by specialists so remains in really nice, straight order, and would make a sound car for regular use, and to be improved as and when you please.
Bodily, the car is nice and straight. Obviously, because it’s been quite a number of years now since the car was fully repainted, there are a few small areas of minor bubbling here and there, but, there isn’t a great deal of deterioration at all. No, it’s not a concourse show car! 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 external panelwork appears solid and straight, the gaps are very good and the doors shut with a satisfying ‘clunk’. The brightwork cleans up nicely but of course there is minor pitting here and there.
Structurally, the car benefits from having had various new panels, including inner and outer sills, castle sections and various other repair panels underneath. The car has had new lower rear wings, complete doors and possibly front wings too.
The interior is also clean and tidy, but by no means perfect – again, most of it was replaced at the time of the restoration. Walnut door cappings and dashboard have been fitted, the carpets are still pretty good, and the seats have had replacement foams. The passenger’s seat cover has a couple of minor nicks in the base, but other than that, it’s all as you’d expect! The period Sharp radio works nicely.
The engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 750rpm, just as it should. It’s actually a Gold-Seal reconditioned unit. I have covered around 200 miles in the car since purchasing, and it drives just as an MGB should! Oil pressure is excellent and there are no overheating problems whatsoever. The brakes are nice and sharp and the car stops in a straight line. The 4-synchro overdrive gearbox selects gears nicely without fuss and overdrive engages quickly. You can see in the pictures that the engine bay is tidy (and, body colour – it was repainted at the time of the restoration) – and could be detailed further to look very nice indeed.
I have an absolute raft of paperwork, which covers the car’s history since the early 1980s, including all details of the major restoration. Of course, the car is MOT and tax exempt.
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 have been finished to 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, usable car that you can enjoy and improve as you go, then this is probably the car for you!
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