1969 MGB V8 Roadster


  • Expertly upgraded MGB now boasting V8 power
  • Nightfire Red metallic paint in excellent condition
  • Heritage shell with all new panels
  • Smart leather interior
  • Well fitting matching hood

The Appeal

Expertly built in 2009 using a new Heritage shell and a Rover 3.9 V8, believed to be freshly built at the time, this MG has had plenty of owners, but the seller is just the third since the car was “reborn”.  Having purchased the car in November 2022 he has driven it occasionally and added about 900 miles in the past months.  

It has been carefully stored in a warm garage, and only driven on dry days which is obvious when you look at the underside.  Both previous owners spent many thousands on improvements and further upgrades and this has resulted in an MG that is pretty unique in many respects.  

The 2009 build quality is still evident and having covered just over 15,000 miles since the build, the MG remains in exceptionally good, and eminently usable condition.

History and Paperwork

  • Originally built as a 1969 MGB Roadster Mk2 with a 1.8 litre B Series engine
  • Complete rebuild in 2009 with new Heritage shell and new body panels
  • Rover 3.9 aluminium V8 with fuel injection and RPI Optimax chip
  • Purchased by the Seller in November 2022
  • Advisory free MOT to March 2024
  • Large folder of invoices and receipts from time of original rebuild to today
  • Over £7,000 in invoices since the rebuild
  • V5c In Seller’s name
  • Driven occasionally as part of a small collection
  • Just 209 miles since last MoT in February 2023
  • Spare oil filter
  • Two sets of keys and radio manual

The Interior

  • Tan leather reclining and folding seats with red piping, complete with headrests
  • Clean dark red carpets in excellent condition, protected by MG branded rubber mats
  • Moto Lita leather steering wheel shows little use
  • MG RV8 dash fitted with glossy Burr Elm panel and full instrumentation, all gauges appear to work correctly with no warning lights
  • MG CD/Radio does not appear to work but likely an easy fix
  • Red anodised gear knob with matching tan leather gaiter
  • Removable wind deflector
  • Clean boot with fitted dark red carpet, original jack and tools but no spare.  Two cans of tyre weld
  • Currently fitted with remote door locking but this is not connected as it tends to drain the battery

The interior is in excellent condition and shows little wear and nothing appears to require attention. The leather shows only minor marks, and the carpets are clean and smart. 

The Exterior

  • Superb Nightfire Metallic Red paintwork with a good, deep shine
  • Smart burgundy mohair hood in clean and tidy condition
  • All new body panels including RV8 bonnet at the time of the rebuild
  • Erects and stows well, clear plastic rear window with no scratches or splits
  • One or two minor stone chips  to the front, but no other paint blemishes or marks
  • Always garaged and appears to have never been driven in wet weather
  • All glass and lenses in great condition
  • Raydot front driving lamps, both working 
  • 15" Minator “Minilite” style wheels with no damage or curb marks, MG centre caps and locking wheel nuts
  • Lightly worn set of Goodyear tyres
  • Good chrome overall, some slight pitting on rear corners
  • Single exhaust with chrome tip
  • Correct MG badging and all trim in good condition
  • Comprehensively rust proofed at the time of the rebuild

Looking around the exterior of MG reveals very little in the way of wear or damage.  The paintwork is exceptionally good as can be seen in the photographs. The roof fits well and is easy to erect once you have removed the wind deflector that mounts behind the seats.

The Mechanics 

  • Rover 3.9 litre V8 with fuel injection fitted with RPI Optimax chip
  • R380 5 speed gearbox with tall 5th gear for easy cruising (reported to be 70mph at just 2,300rpm)
  • Braking system upgraded with drilled and grooved front discs with  4 pot callipers, dual circuits and servo assistance 
  • Bosch fuel pump, filter and fuel regulator
  • Hi-Torque starter motor
  • All electrics have been upgraded with modern relays and fuses
  • Upgraded radiator complete with electric fan
  • Heat wrapped exhaust manifolds exiting through inner wings
  • Complete stainless steel exhaust
  • Front suspension re-engineered with ball joints, poly bushes revised spring rates and anti roll bar
  • Spax adjustable shock absorbers on all corners
  • Rear suspension  upgraded with parabolic springs and anti roll bar plus anti tramp bars
  • Exceptionally clean and corrosion free underside
  • Clean and smart engine bay with no evidence of leaks
  • Expertly installed V8 with well considered wiring and hoses
  • Good history with fat file of invoices and very few miles since last MoT
  • Drives nicely with no untoward noises, runs as it should with correct oil pressure, minimal oil consumption, very smooth with a great V8 growl
  • No overheating problems experienced in current ownership


This is a really nice example of a tastefully rebuilt and upgraded MGB; expertly constructed and in great mechanical condition.  With nothing that requires attention this MG is ready for immediate enjoyment; ready for V8 fun in the sun!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make MG
  • Model V8 Roadster
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 15,590 Miles
  • Engine size 3947
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chichester
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
32 bids
  • De•••• £21,000 30/06/23
  • pe•••• £20,999 30/06/23
  • De•••• £20,750 30/06/23
  • De•••• £20,500 30/06/23
  • pe•••• £20,250 30/06/23
  • De•••• £20,000 30/06/23
  • pe•••• £19,750 30/06/23
  • De•••• £19,500 30/06/23
  • pe•••• £19,250 30/06/23
  • pe•••• £19,000 30/06/23
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