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MGB: Buying guide and review (1962-1980)

MGB: Buying guide and review (1962-1980) Classic and Performance Car
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Owning a classic shouldn’t be a hassle; if you’re looking for something that’s fun to drive but a breeze to own, the MGB is the perfect solution. Stylish and practical, the MGB isn’t the most unusual classic around, but its popularity ensures a ready supply of cars, parts and support. Even better, just because you buy a B, it doesn’t mean that you have to have a car like everyone else’s – there are masses of bits available to make these cars more usable, faster or simply more individual. 
 
One of the most attractive aspects of B ownership is how cheaply the cars can be bought; buy a car with rubber bumpers instead of chrome and you can save a packet. You’ll also be snapping up a car that’s a bit more more usable; because it’s a bit newer, it was more thoroughly developed. If you’re still not sure, there’s a thriving social scene around the Abingdon icon, so it’s the perfect way of boosting your social life. So don’t think of this as a classic that’s B for Boring – it’s definitely B for Brilliant.
 
Arguably, no other classic vehicle is as well supported at both club and supplier level as the MGB. Today, more than 50 years after its introduction, running MG’s landmark sports car has never been easier. From complete bodyshells and authentic interior trim to modern engine conversions, everything is available to upgrade Abingdon’s warhorse for 21st-century motoring conditions.
 
Such modifications as suspension upgrades, typified by MGOC’s Evolution 3 front suspension and Frontline’s telescopic front suspension kit – designed in conjunction with Ken Costello – and five-link coil spring rear suspension, transform the driving experience. The venerable B-series engine is delivering ever greater performance, notably in fast-road or larger-capacity form, thanks to its inherent strength and ready response to tuning. Enhanced braking with four-pot calipers and vented discs ensures this performance can be utilised to the full.
 
Competition and high-performance road use similarly benefit from improved cooling, with alloy radiator and electric cooling fans. Electronic ignition and fuel injection, coupled with high-output alternator and modified starter motor, have proved successful innovations, while the availability of a power steering conversion has transformed the MGB’s ease of use. Moving the game on even further, the MG Rover K-series engine, mated to a five-speed gearbox, is a well-proven transplant, and there have also been successful LPG conversions of the B-series. 
 
While the number of MG specialists can seem bewildering, both the MG Car Club and the MG Owners’ Club (the latter with a huge spares operation) list their recommended suppliers and provide a huge information resource. Allied to this is the growing British Motor Heritage product portfolio – from bodyshells to OE parts and accessories – that is marketed through a national and international network of Approved Specialists.
 
Which one to buy?
 
At first there was an open-topped MGB only, then in 1965 came the hatchback GT. Both featured chrome bumpers, but in 1974 these were replaced by rubber bumpers. Of the models available it’s the chrome-bumpered roadster that’s the most sought after. 
 
Don’t overlook the other models though, as the GT offers excellent usability and looks smart too. Rubber-bumpered cars sit higher so they’re not as good to drive, but they can easily be lowered to improve the dynamics, while the rubber bumpers can be swapped for chrome. The 1.8-litre cars are torquey and come with a surprisingly pleasant soundtrack, but the V8 that arrived in 1973 is more relaxing to drive and sounds even better – but there was no roadster derivative.
 
This is why many buyers go for a roadster with a V8 conversion. There are lots about and they can make a great buy, but as with any modified MGB, check who has done the work and get a professional inspection if necessary, to make sure it’s been done safely.
 
And if you want the ultimate MGB, then there’s always Frontline’s re-engineered LE50, developed for the MGB’s 50th anniversary.
 
Performance and specs 
 
Engine 1798cc in-line four-cylinder
Power 95bhp @ 5400rpm 
Torque 100lb ft @ 3000rpm 
Transmission Four-speed manual 
Fuel consumption 30mpg
0-60mph 12.9sec
Top speed 103mph
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2311mm
Length 3893mm
Width 1516mm
Height 1255mm
Weight 965kg
 
Common problems
 
• Rot and consequent bodges are common. New bodyshells are available but don’t under-estimate the cost of reshelling a B. These bodyshells are a mixture of the different panels used throughout 18 years of MGB production, so they’ll always vary in detail from whatever you're rebuilding.
 
• The car's complex sill structure provides a lot of stiffness for the shell, both in coupe and roadster form, but difficult repairs mean that bodges are all too common. For the best results the front and rear wings need to be cut off below the trim strip. The alternative is to unbolt the front wings, rather than cut the lower portion, but on a roadster you have to take off the windscreen surround to carry out a proper restoration.
 
• Check for rust at the box section towards the rear of the inner front wheel arches. There are a number of other rust hot spots, including the battery tray and rear spring hangers. Check the floorpan for holes – getting it up on a ramp helps with this – while you should also quiz the owner on how often they have cleaned out the top of the corrugated fuel tank. If this hasn’t been done regularly, it will likely be rusty.
 
• The GT’s tailgate is double skinned, meaning that it will often be hiding corrosion. Most cars will have had replacement doors at some point, as they are prone to rusting out. 
 
• Apart from the V8s, all MGBs had a tough 1798cc B-series engine, post-October 1964 units getting five main bearings. Parts interchangeability is good and 130,000 miles between rebuilds is possible. Expect a tappety tickover and 15-25psi oil pressure, rising to 50-65psi at 3000rpm. Anything less means a worn crankshaft or oil pump.
 
• High oil consumption points to blocked crankcase breather pipes or worn valve guides and stem seals, the latter given away by exhaust smoke when accelerating after the over-run. Oil leaks are common, from the front and rear crankshaft seals; replacing the latter means removing the engine first. Also look at the tappet chest side covers behind the exhaust manifold.
 
• Misfiring suggests the points need adjustment, or the heater valve above the distributor is leaking. A new valve fixes things, but the misfiring could be a cracked cylinder head, allowing coolant to leak out.
 
• Because the V8 is unstressed it lasts forever with 3000-mile oil changes, to prevent premature camshaft wear. Anti-freeze levels must also be maintained, or this all-alloy powerplant corrodes internally, leading to blocked up coolant passages.
 
• Automatics MGBs are rare; most common is the original three- or later four-synchromesh manual transmission. There are no specific issues with the ‘boxes, but they generally need to be rebuilt at the same time as the engine.
 
• The carbon-fibre release bearing in the clutch is a weak spot; wear is given away by a vibration through the pedal and a screeching noise.
 
• Most chrome-bumpered Bs and all rubber-bumpered editions have an overdrive which is usually reliable. Problems are usually down to a low oil level, dirty oil or wiring problems. Converting to overdrive isn’t cheap.
 
• Kingpins will often be worn out due to a lack of maintenance. With the front of the car jacked up, and the brakes applied, any lateral movement at the top and bottom of the wheel indicates that they need a rebuild. Apply grease every 3000 miles to prevent this from happening.
 
• If the front wishbone bushes need replacing, which is entirely likely due to age related wear, fitting the improved V8 items is highly recommended.
 
• If the car feels loose at the rear when driving, it’s likely that the axle-locating U-bolts and bushes need replacement or adjustment. Thankfully it's cheap to fix.
 
• The original lever arm dampers provide the best ride quality, and while it’s possible to rebuild them when they start to leak, but most swap to telescopic dampers resulting in a harsher ride. 
 
• Brakes were given servo assistance in 1973, so if you’re testing one of these models and the brakes feel ineffective it’s likely that the seals have failed. Replacement units can be bought off the shelf.
 
• Until 1974, two six-volt batteries were fitted – later cars have a single 12-volt unit. Both systems are reliable, but poor connections between the earthing strap and body are common.
 
• Interior parts generally wear well, although seat upholstery can become thin and baggy. Later rubber bumper cars got an improved dashboard, but generally all items are available to completely retrim and replace the interior if it's completely shot.

Model history
 
1962: MGB debuts at the British Motor Show in Tourer (roadster) form only, at £949.
1964: A five-bearing engine replaces the previous three-bearing unit.
1965: The GT arrives, mechanically identical to the Tourer.
1967: The MkII MGB arrives, with an all-synchro gearbox, negative earth electrics and an alternator. There’s also an automatic gearbox option.
1973: The MGB GT V8 debuts, using the classic Buick-derived Rover V8. There’s no roadster; the model is obsolete by August 1976.
1974: Rubber bumpers replace chrome. The new car is more usable, but the raised ride height doesn’t help the handling.
1980: The last MGB  is built on 22 October, the last 1000 cars being special edition LE models.
1988: British Motor Heritage announces the availability of brand new MGB bodyshells.
1992: The B is revived as the V8-powered RV8, 2000 of which are made over three years.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.mgcars.org.uk
• www.mgownersclub.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
With thousands of MGBs still on the roads, the car for you is out there. Early cars aren’t that easy to live with on a daily basis, but running costs are low, parts are easily available and specialists are easy to come by. Not only that, but you’ll also have access to one of the best car clubs going. 
 
The very early ‘pull handle’ MGBs are the most valuable, with a good example costing around £15,000 today. Usable cars start from around £6000-£10,000, while projects can be picked up from £2000. The rest of the range, from Mk2, Mk3 and rubber bumper models are all value on condition above all. Even the best of these can be had for less than £10,000, apart from perhaps the concours or fully-rebuilt examples, with usable and solid examples costing less than £5000. The Coupe GT models are cheaper still, and apart from the earliest models, these are generally available for less than £7000. 
 
Even though the B has been out of production for over three decades, the network of specialists that look after them has continued to grow. So where the B previously had a few downsides, such as handling that wasn’t too sharp, just about everything has been solved now thanks to a raft of affordable upgrades that have been developed.
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Last updated: 31st Mar 2016
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  • MG B

    £12,995 £12,995

    1971 MGB Roadster Manual O/D Where would the Classic Car World be without the MGB. It’s been a great car since its launch in September 1963. They are so good to own. Easy and comfortable to drive. Easy to maintain and with a parts availability that could shame modern day cars. Whats not to like? The car we offer for sale here finished in British Racing Green with Black piped Green Seating and interior. This car has had bare metal repaint with new wings all round. In fact it’s had a major refurb from the ground up making it one the nicest MGB’s we’ve ever had in stock. The paintwork has to be seen to be believed, it’s absolutely stunning. Its also fitted with an Unleaded Cylinder head, so that helps too, and it drives absolutely superbly. It comes with a comprehensive history file with bills invoice and MOT’s going right back to 1995. So its got an excellent provenance behind it. If you’re looking for an MGB Roadster, this would fit the bill superbly and at only £12995 it might be considered something of a bargain. Go on, treat yourself, you can’t treat anybody better.

    • Year: 1971
    • Engine size: 1.8
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  • 1972 MGB ROADSTER AUTOMATIC,Chrome bumper.

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    1972 MGB ROADSTER AUTOMATIC,Chrome bumper. On offer shortly is a very nice MGB Roadster,,automatic.Previously sold by us to it's current owner in 2008,in Flame red with tan interior,it was extensively restored 10 years ago,using a new,Heratige shell,rebuilt engine,full new interior trim,boot trim,hood etc. Still in very nice condition,with painted wire wheels,chrome bumpers and a rust free body. (library picture) More details & pictures to follow shortly.

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  • MG MGB V8 Cabriolet 1980

    €44,950(£40,167.32) €44,950(£40,167.32)

    MGB V8 cabriolet 1980 fully restored This in 1980 delivered MGB Roadster is fully restored and provided with fabulous black paint, new chrome and original MG anniversary rims. The V8 engine is fully restored by an official specialist (invoice present) and is connected to the 5 speed manual gearbox. The interior has extra comfortable seats with beige leather. This MG hasn’t been driven since restoration. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1980
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  • MG MGB Roadster 1973

    €31,950(£28,550.52) €31,950(£28,550.52)

    MGB Roadster 1973 body-off restored This really fabulous 1973 MGB was body-off restored in Holland. The car is provided with beautiful British Racing Green paint with chrome wire wheels. The engine and gearbox are fully revised, so this MG drives great. The marvellous interior has black leather upholstery and a wooden steering wheel. This MGB ist in concours condition. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • MG MGB 1979

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MG B Cabriolet 1979 fully original 15.400 miles from new Fully original, very good condition, 1979 MGB Cabriolet. 2 owners car, the last one since 1993. 15.400 miles driven from new. Everything is still original on the car. With wire wheels and overdrive. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1979
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  • MG MGB 1974

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGB Roadster 1974 overdrive body off restored This 1974 MGB convertible is fully restored by us in 2014 and is in new condition because of that. The colour British Racing Green is a beautiful combination with the beige leather interior and the luxurious mohair beige soft top. The fully revised 1798 cc engine with 96 hp is in top condition obviously. The car has overdrive, chrome wire wheels, wooden steering wheel and leather interior. Everything of this MGB is restored which makes it one of the most beautiful MGB’s you come across nowadays. Complete photo report of the restoration is available. This MGB has driven 50 km after restoration. Car has USA title and document import duties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1974
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  • MG MGB 1975

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MG B Cabriolet body off restored as new Perfect fully restored 1975 MGB convertible. The car has been fully restored in 2015 and driven 50 km since then. Complete photoreport of the restoration is available. Everything on this car is new. Engine and gearbox revised, new wire harness, new paint, new chrome, new leather etc. Colour British Racing Green, beige leather interior, overdrive, chrome wire wheels. Car in topcondition. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1975
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  • MG MGB 1971

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGB Roadster 1971 body off restored european version This European version of the 1971 MGB cabriolet with the steel dashboard with the old meters is fully body off restored. Everything has been done. The 1798 cc engine with 96 hp is fully revised and is in a marvellous condition ofcourse. This car has a.o. chrome wire wheels and a wooden steering wheel. This is a beautifully restored MGB ready for driving. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
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  • MG MGB 1977

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGB 1977 British Racing Green fully restored Minilite wheels 1977 fully restored MBG roadster in the colour British Racing Green. The fully revised 1798 cc 95 hp engine makes this a fantastic driving car. This popular english classic car has Minilite wheels and a wooden steering wheel. A very beautiful and marvellous driving car. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1977
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  • MG MGB Convertible 1976

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT MG B roadster 1976 wire wheels, powerbrakes in very good condition This is a marvelous 1976 MGB. The car has beautiful burgundy red paint in combination with very beautiful chrome. This makes the car look very luxurious. The car has chrome wire wheels with two-eared spinners and a mohair softtop. The interior of the car has very beautiful black leather with white piping and a wooden steering wheel. The original 1798 CC, 4 cyl engine is in very good condition and drives great. The car also has 123-ignition and powerbrakes. Recently they have invested more than € 15.000,- in the car for upgrades and adaptions. So, a marvelous MGB in topcondition. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1975

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT MG B Convertible 1975 Midnight blue in very good condition This beautiful 1975 MG B Convertible is in very good condition from the inner- and the outside. Three years ago it has been covered with the original “Midnight Blue” paint. The interior is provided with beautiful beige leather and a wooden steering-wheel. The car has an original 1798 CC motor with 95 HP and a 4 speed manual gearbox with overdrive. So a very nice MG B in a beautiful classic English combination of colours, ready for much pleasure to drive. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1976

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MG B 1976 Old English White, overdrive, wire wheels, good condition Both the in- and outside of this 1976 MGB are in good condition. It has the famous colour Old English White. This MGB has the original 1798 CC 4 cyl 96 HP engine with overdrive. A real English classic car for al lot of years of driving fun. Drives, brakes and shifts gear excellent. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
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  • Mg B 1973

    £6,000 £6,000

    This car has a recon engine, so the mileage on the new motor is minimal. I have owned this beautiful car for over 10 years, just a few miles since last MOT in May,recent clutch,castle sections,sills and carb tune. My mechanic said it has an amazing underside, rare in cars of this age. Not concourse but who want's a 44 year old clic car to look like it has just rolled off the production line at Morris Garages??? Stunning little head turner and will bring a tear to my eye to see it gone.

    • Engine size: 1798
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1977

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    MGB V8 1977, 5 speed, professionally restored, full history An unique 1977 MGB V8 convertible. In 1997 the car was optical fully restored, painted in colour red with Minilite wheels. In 2002 the original 4 cyl engine was replaced bij the 3.5 ltr V8 injection engine with about 200 HP and 5 speed gearbox. Both were fully revised and the car has driven only 3708 miles since then. Photos and invoices are present. The car also has, 11” Brembo disc brakes, electronic Tacho etc. The car is in Holland since 1997 and has had 1 owner. Full history is available. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1977
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1974

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT MGB cabriolet 1974, Minilite wheels in beautiful and good condition 1974 MGB convertible. Both the in- and outside are in a beautiful and well maintained condition. The car has red paint and a black interior with red piping. The paint, chrome and interior are in a beautiful and good condition. The car has a 1798 CC, 4 cyl, 96 HP engine and 4 speed manual gearbox. Technics fully checked in our workshop and in excellent condition. Drives great. The car also has Minilite wheels, wooden steering wheel, wooden gearshift and a black soft top. When you are looking for a beautiful MGB ready for driving, this one is a good choice. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1974
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  • MG MGB GT Coupe 1973

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGB GT coupe 1973 needs work 1973 MGB GT. Designed by Pininfarina and became a combination of a hatchback and station car which made it a nice sportscar. The car is in a reasonable condition with some traces of rust and needs some work. Paint, interior etc are in a fair condition. This car has the 1798 CC 95 HP engine and manual gearbox. Runs and drives good. The car has also extra high beam headlights. A really nice car to improve during winter and enjoy next summer. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1973

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MG B 1973 cabriolet wire wheels in very good condition 1973 MGB roadster in a very beautiful and well maintained condition. The paint in colour Flame Red, chrome, black interior with red piping etc are very beautiful. The 1798 CC 96 HP engine is in a very good condition and drives great. This MGB is in Holland since 1994. The car has chrome wire wheels, wooden steering wheel and a wooden gear stick. So a very beautiful and fabulous driving MGB in a sporty colourcombination. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1972

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGB Roadster V8 1972 Midnight Blue in perfect condition A real english icon, this 1972 MGB convertible. Fully restored and in perfect condition. The paint is Midnight Blue and the interior is luxurious grey leather with woodparts. Marvelous and chic. The 3900CC V8 190 HP engine doesn’t only make the car sound great but makes the car drive fabulous. The car has Wilwood disc brakes, black mohaif softtop, Minilite wheels and a chrome luggagerack. So a fabulous and great driving MGB V8, ready for a lot of driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1972
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  • MG MGB Roadster 1974

    €27,950(£24,976.12) €27,950(£24,976.12)

    MGB Roadster 1974, restored, British Racing Green This MGB was delivered in beautiful British Racing Green paint with chrome wire wheels and luggagarack. The car has driven only 8.000 kms after the complete restoration. Several invoices are present. The interior has black leather and comfortable seats with headsupport. The interior also has a luxurious wooden steering wheel and chrome clocks. The fabulous driving MGB guarantees a lot of driving fun. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1974
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  • MG B 1,8 Roadster

    €16,300(£14,565.68) €16,300(£14,565.68)

    MG B 1,8 Roadster Equipment: Fin og velholdt MGB velkørende lille sommerbil nysynet

    • Year: 1968
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  • MG MGB Cabriolet 1965

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    MGB cabriolet 1965 British Racing Green, restored, first owner The MGB is one of the most famous British Roadsters, built between 1962 and 1980, mostly for the american market. This very early and originally in Holland delivered 1965 MGB convertible has had only 1 owner. In 2015 the car is completely restored and is in topcondition. The car has British Racing Green paint and chrome wire wheels, black leather interior with white piping and of course the original steel dashboard. The original BMC B-series 1798 CC 4cyl engine is fully revised. Car has a manual gearbox. Drives great. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1965
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  • MG B

    €28,500(£25,467.60) €28,500(£25,467.60)

    MGB V8 In 1962, The MGB was introduced as successor of the MGA. Design wise, it looked very modern and so was the choice for the monocoque structure instead of the traditional Body-on-frame construction. By the time production stopped in 1980, MGB had become synonymous for a quick, good-looking and affordable 2-seater sports convertible. The majority of the models had a capable 4-cylinder engine in the front, the MGB GT (Coupe) was also available with a nice MG option Rover V8. The model we can offer you is a very late LE or ‘Limited Edition’ 1980 car, original produced for the USA. Since then, the car had some serious upgrades. The most noticeable upgrade is an engine-swap to the notorious 3.5 Litre MG option Rover V8. In standard trim, this engine would almost weigh the same as an 4-inline but giving you 137BHP instead of the 95BHP of the 4 cylinder. It didn’t stop there.. Fitting a Holey Carburettor and some fiddling, this V8 is now giving you 170BHP (Dyno sheet available). Fitting this in a 970kg car, you can imagine the fireworks it brings! With that speed, you have to upgrade the brakes as well. The front wheels are fitted with wider discs, suspension has been looked at and the car is equipped with 5 very nice lightweight Alloy Minilites. Since it is a late USA version, the car has been lowered and chrome trim has been fitted, to make it look and handle ‘right’. The bucket seats will hold you in place, the Overdrive makes it comfortable on long motorway trips. Painted in a flamboyant red/orange and a racy bulge in the bonnet, the subtle details will make this car a wonderful sleeper. Unbelievably quick and with a nice rumble in the exhaust when you lift the throttle, this is the car you need for the summer! To be honest, with its nice roof and tonneau, this is the car to have all year round. No, this is simply the car to have. Period. (Especially at this price)

    • Year: 1980
    • Engine size: 3.5
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