1967 MGB GT MK1 - One previous owner! MGBGT MG BGT SOLD
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The opportunity to buy a 1-previous owner MGB – particularly a desirable early car – doesn’t come about very often. It’s really nice to see a car that has been in the hands of two long-term keepers, and has had an easy life – it still retains its original engine and gearbox, along with many, many original parts. Being a Mk1, it is the most desirable era of BGT – and provides an excellent investment opportunity for somebody that wants to enjoy their money, rather than having it sitting in the bank!
The car has a full MOT until 21st April 2019 with no advisories, but is, of course, MOT exempt now. In recent years, the car has only covered a couple of hundred miles per year.
The first owner bought the car new in June 1967, and it stayed in his hands until 2003, when he sold it to a work colleague, who has cared for the car ever since. We acquired the car with the thought of a full bare-shell restoration, but having got to know the car, it has been decided that it would simply lose too much of its history – after all, anyone can have a ‘box-fresh’ MGB!
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 pretty good. The original aluminium bonnet is still fitted – a bit of a rarity these days! The car has had a restoration at some point in its life, most probably around 25 years ago, and it has held up very nicely. The paintwork has a nice shine with only minor bubbling here and there. Door and wing bottoms are all solid, with no evidence of filler etc. Wing-top seams are nice and solid. No – it is NOT a concourse show car, but presents nicely. There are a few minor scuffs and dings here and there, but nothing that detracts from the overall appearance in any way. The bumpers are the originals and are a little pitted, but still shine up nicely.
The underside is clean and tidy, and looks to have had new sills fitted at some point. Inner wings, inner wing trumpets are all rock solid, as are the sills, inner sills and floors. Battery boxes are nice and solid.
The interior is clean and tidy – still retaining its original rear seat, door cards, and even the original rubber floor mats under the replacement carpets! The seats have been remade using the original seat bases – these were trimmed in leather by a company in the Midlands, and have been fitted to adjustable runners. The are very comfy!
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. The engine pulls strongly and runs at the correct temperature. Overdrive is fitted, and is working. The gearbox is nice and quiet and doesn’t jump out of gear, or have worn synchromesh (no synchromesh on first, remember!).
The car drives very nicely, stops in a straight line and doesn’t clunk and rattle like so many of these cars do. The wire wheels are in good very good order, as are the Dunlop tyres, fitted all round. The front suspension is in good order, with no excess play in the king pins or wheel bearings.
The V5 document and current MOT are present, but as the owner had just moved house, the rest of the paperwork is still with him. I’ll do my best to sort this before sale, but if not, the V5 document displays details of the owner’s address. The car’s speedometer was rebuilt in 2003, and allegedly the car had only covered 46k from new. As I currently have no history to back this up, I cannot guarantee it, but judging by the state of the door cards, etc, I’d say this could very well be true.
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 so many original parts, and simply have never been messed around with. As I’ve stated, it’s 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. 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 roadgoing, usable Mk1 for less than this!
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