1966 MG B Roadster


  • Fully restored by MGOC Workshop in 2008
  • Excellent condition Tartan Red paintwork
  • Low mileage for the age

The Appeal

Leading on from the MGA and released in 1962, the MGB Roadster makes use of BMC's B-series engine coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. The MGB would go on to be produced for an impressive 18 years by BMC before being taken over by Austin-Morris. It's easy to see why, the 2-seater, front engine and rear wheel drive format really is exhilarating, especially with the top down on a sunny day.

The MGB would in fact be one of the first vehicles to possess controlled crumple zones, a feature that is used in nearly all modern cars produced today. Visually, the MGB is a joy to look at, well-proportioned and when kept in good condition they have no trouble standing out on the roads even today. The small sports car format with a low centre of gravity are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, especially when making your way down a twisty B-road!

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The History and Paperwork

  • MOT exempt, comes with an MOT with no advisories until 30/05/2024
  • Vehicle has been dry stored in a garage when not in use by current owner
  • Selling as doesn't get used often enough
  • Current owner states the vehicle has had only 2 owners over the last 26 years
  • Fully restored by MGOC Workshop in 2008 to a high standard, with some photos post restoration included with the car
  • Restoration work included exterior, part interior and mechanical
  • All blown core plugs on engine replaced during restoration
  • Original black leather seats with red piping
  • Nearside wing and quarter panel repaired after a small ding in 2022, work carried out very well with no signs of prior damage remaining
  • First registered 15/11/1966
  • Part service history,  independent
  • Lumenition Optronic ignition kit fitted in 2018
  • Sebring front and rear valance fitted during the restoration
  • Current owner has had an MGC 3 sync speaker sounding fitted in 2022
  • Vehicle is now eligible for historic road tax exemption, meaning lower running costs

The Interior

  • Original black leather seats with red piping remain in good to very good condition, free from any rips or tears but with some signs of use mainly around the driver’s seat bolster
  • A small area of red piping has come loose near the driver’s seat belt buckle
  • Restoration work of complete dashboard carried out thoughtfully and to a high standard, in keeping with original specification
  • Convertible vinyl hood replaced during restoration and remains in very good condition, lining present and secure with only some light marking
  • Carpets present throughout and in good condition, a small area possibly needs re-attaching around the drivers footwell
  • Dashboard plastics and switch gear remain in very good condition
  • Seat belts present and functioning for both seats
  • Door cards present and secure, both remain in excellent condition
  • Boot remains in very good condition with carpets, full size wire spoke spare wheel, jack and full MG toolkit present, all in good condition
  • Spare wheel tyre will possibly need replacing due to age although remains in a good condition considering

The Exterior 

  • Tartan Red paintwork remains in excellent condition with only a few, small paint chips present
  • Front Sebring valance has some scuffs present but remains in good condition otherwise, rear Sebring valance remains in excellent condition
  • Rear panels shaped correctly to fit Sebring valance during restoration
  • 4 non-matching tyres, all with good tread
  • Desirable chrome wire spoke alloys remain in fair condition
  • Glass, brightwork and badges remain in very good condition overall, some marking present on passenger side moulding strip, possibly superficial
  • Nearside wing and quarter panel repaired after a small ding in 2022, work carried out very well with no signs of prior damage remaining
  • Chrome grille remains in good condition along with original front badge
  • Extensive bodywork repairs carried out during restoration including new doors, B-post repairs, inner and out sill repairs, wheel arches and reset of all door and wing gaps

The Mechanics

  • 1798cc B-series engine was stripped down during restoration with all blown core plugs replaced
  • Desirable twin SU carburettors
  • New suspension fitted during restoration including coil springs, king pin assemblies, track rod ends, anti-roll bar drop link and bushes
  • Current owner states the fuel pump, radiator and water pump have all been replaced too
  • Lumenition Optronic ignition kit fitted in 2018
  • Engine bay remains in a clean and tidy used condition
  • Differential overhauled in 2016 by Southern Axle Services, rebuilt with new bearings, seals and shims
  • Underside in a tidy, used condition
  • Vehicle reported to accelerate and stop well and in a straight line
  • Desirable overdrive feature present and reported to function as expected
  • Current owner states the vehicle starts on the first turn 


Whilst the legacy of MG's sport cars lives on strongly to this day, it is only becoming harder to find good examples as time moves on. This MG B Roadster is in very good to excellent condition overall. Thoughtfully restored to a high standard in 2008, the vehicle has been dry stored since when not in use and this has helped preserve its condition.

Boasting excellent Tartan Red paintwork, this MG B certainly has no trouble turning heads. Furthermore, the low mileage means this example is yet to fully stretch its legs since the restoration. The interior and convertible hood also remain in very good condition which invites you in with the overwhelming urge to take it for a spin. If you are looking for a classic British sports car, this MG B Roadster may well be the one for you!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1966
  • Make MG
  • Model MGB Roadster
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 27,892 Miles
  • Engine size 1798
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Harrow
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids
  • joey_n1•••• £6,000 30/05/23
  • cpearth•••• £5,100 28/05/23
  • benfree•••• £5,000 27/05/23
  • thomast•••• £3,800 27/05/23
  • omnis_2•••• £3,000 26/05/23

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