1963 MGB Roadster “Pull-Handle”


  • Genuine pull-handle B Roadster 
  • Older restoration, recently returned to show standard
  • Lots of historic invoices 
  • Really smart example of the seminal early MGB

The Appeal

The earliest MGBs, known as the ‘pull-handle’ models among enthusiasts of the model, are arguably the most sought-after of the lot. 

Pure in style and identifiable by their unique door handles – hence the name – they represent the B as it was first envisaged in 1962. 

Back when it debuted, who would have guessed that the MGB would go on to become the UK’s most popular sports car and today is the most prevalent classic car in the world, with over 20,000 known survivors in the UK alone, multiple owners’ clubs and an entire industry built up around its ongoing survival. 

In model and specification terms, this one is as collectable as an MGB gets. An early car with ‘pull-handle’ doors and a pack-away removable roof frame, its from the first full year of production having been assembled in September 1963, 11 months after the MGB’s debut. 

It’s a lovely car that was subject to a fully documented restoration in 1990 and has since been recommissioned further, with a more recent repaint in the original Iris Blue and a complete interior overhaul. It’s now a lovely, show-standard example that has been in enthusiast ownership for over three decades, and is a fabulous example well worthy of exhibiting.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK V5C
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
  • Folder of bills and invoices going back to 1990 when the car was first restored by the Welsh MG Centre
  • Selection of more recent invoices documenting work carried out to return the car to show standard
  • Old MOTs and tax discs
  • Several parts invoices from MG specialists
  • Heritage Certificate showing that the MGB was a home market car manufactured in September 1963 and supplied to its first owner the following month
  • Original tool kit
  • Owners’ handbook
  • UK-wide delivery available

The Condition

  • Gorgeous Iris Blue
  • Lovely paint finish – no visible dents or damage
  • Very good chrome and trim
  • Knock-on wire wheels with two-spoke spinners
  • Quality Firestone tyres all-round
  • Appears structurally sound in all areas
  • Removable hood frame with new hood
  • Original-specification ‘pull-handle’ door handles
  • Correct crackle-finish dash
  • Piped black leather seats retrimmed and in excellent order
  • Very good door cards and carpets
  • Full zip-up tonneau cover
  • Lovely wooden wooden Mota-Lita steering wheel
  • Original speaker grille and rotary heater knobs, with MG radio blank

The Mechanics

  • 1,798cc B-Series engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox 
  • Starts and runs well 
  • Steady and even idle and holds a steady temperature
  • Lovely, well-detailed show-worthy engine bay
  • Period-correct positive earth electrics
  • Reported by the vendor to be in fine running order with no known faults


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make MG
  • Model MGB
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 82,236 Miles
  • Engine size 1798
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Melton Mowbury
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
6 bids from 5 bidders
  • Alexand•••• £7,000 19/06/24
  • MPH 196•••• £6,000 18/06/24
  • nik.lam•••• £4,700 18/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £4,600 16/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £4,500 16/06/24
  • starbuc•••• £4,321 13/06/24
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