1973 MGB GT 1800 LHD


  • Restored to a good standard following the vendor’s acquisition of the car in 2018
  • Originally a UK home market car converted to left-hand drive 
  • Equipped with Laycock Overdrive
  • The vendor is a mechanic and made some considerable improvements 

The Appeal

The MGB GT is the archetypal British sports car and it’s easy to see why they’re synonymous with the joys of classic motoring. With great styling, sprightly performance and nice handling, the MGB GT is a great all-rounder and they remain a popular classic the world over. 

So broad is the little MG’s appeal that examples such as this found their way across Europe. Now residing in Italy where it’s been treated to a comprehensive restoration, this 1973 example looks very smart indeed. The vendor informs us that the car has received a great deal of attention both cosmetically and technically during their five-year ownership, meaning it’s in a fit state for its next owner to enjoy.

The History and Paperwork

  • Automotoclub Storico Italiano documentation
  • Revisione paperwork present
  • Copies of the old UK V5C
  • Restored and converted to left-hand drive
  • Garage stored and exercised weekly, according to the vendor
  • We’re informed that only around 3,000 kilometres have been covered since the restoration

The Interior

  • Restored where necessary
  • New carpet fitted
  • Black vinyl upholstery with red piping
  • Highly figured veneers on the dashboard and centre console
  • There are a few marks on the headlining around and on the inside of the sliding sunroof
  • The seats present immensely well with relatively new covers
  • We note the piping on the driver’s outer seat bolter has worn away a little
  • The dashboard looks to be in nice shape, as does all the instrumentation and switchgear held within
  • Only light wear evident to the controls
  • Overall, a smart interior that’s nicely presented

The Exterior 

  • Attractive red paintwork
  • Equipped with alloy wheels which look to be in great shape
  • New tyres fitted during the restoration
  • Smart chrome trim and badging
  • Equipped with Ring accessory spot lamps
  • We noticed a few small paint blemishes with some slight lifting in a few areas as well as a little orange peel
  • No signs of bodywork damage or any corrosion
  • The vendor informs us that all the floorpans have been replaced and painted
  • Presents really well underneath

The Mechanics 

  • 1.8-litre B-Series engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox with Laycock Overdrive
  • The engine hasn’t been rebuilt in recent years, but we’re told that it has been reconditioned
  • Conversion of the steering rack from right hand drive to left hand drive
  • We’re informed that it drives immensely well, with no issues to report

The vendor informs us that they have carried out the following work:

  • Converted to electronic ignition
  • New starter motor
  • New rear leaf springs, two new front springs, front rubber kit, new front and rear 
  • New brake master cylinders with the modification to have them split separating the front system from the rear
  • New electrical system using relays
  • New exhaust manifold
  • Differential rebuild , new oil cooler and all new pipes
  • Electric fan that starts at 90 degrees 
  • Recent oil and filter change


You can’t go far wrong with an MGB and this looks to be a really well sorted example.

It benefits from a great deal of work having been carried out and we’re assured that it’s fantastic to drive.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make MG
  • Model MGB GT
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 88,612 Miles
  • Engine size 1800
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Milan
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
21 bids
  • cooper.•••• €12,300 24/09/23
  • martin-•••• €11,800 24/09/23
  • cooper.•••• €11,550 24/09/23
  • martin-•••• €11,050 24/09/23
  • cooper.•••• €10,800 24/09/23
  • martin-•••• €10,300 24/09/23
  • cooper.•••• €10,050 24/09/23
  • stephan•••• €9,850 24/09/23
  • posta@m•••• €9,750 24/09/23
  • cooper.•••• €9,500 24/09/23

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