1974 MGB Roadster V8


  • Comprehensive mechanical overhaul with only 65 miles since completion
  • Recent respray in British Racing Green
  • New Minilite-style alloy wheels and tyres
  • MOT valid until May 2025

The Appeal

Is there anything quite as classic in the world of classic motoring as a British roadster with a rumbling V8? Before MG finally got around to doing the job officially an army of enthusiasts married the B roadster with the engine it always deserved - the 3.5litre Rover V8.   

Alongside the renowned 'Costello' cars are examples like this that have been carefully and professionally overhauled by marque specialists. It was reshelled in the 90s and gained that extra power, the classic theme completed by a fetching British Racing Green paint scheme.

It has been enthusiast owned and loved since and benefits from ongoing maintenance.  As a mark of that dedication, the current long term keeper has regularly MOT'd the car even though this is not legally required. 

Six years ago that included a full engine rebuild, a new clutch and gearbox rebuild.  The body was stripped and resprayed and the interior retrimmed. This lovely car has covered only 65 miles since.  This is a rare opportunity to benefit from all that work.  A long, advisory free MOT to March 2025 underlines the fine impression provided by the provenance and photographs.   


History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1974
  • Purchased by the current owner in January 2015
  • Extensive refurbishment work carried out by AR Griffiths and V8 Developments
  • New engine, clutch, and gearbox installed in 2018
  • Recent service history includes refurbished brake and clutch master cylinders, new brake piping, and a new clutch slave cylinder
  • Has spent very little time on the road since work was completed, with only 65 miles undertaken
  • MOT valid until May 2025
  • VIN records show this car was factory supplied as a BGT
  • It was likely reshelled during the early 1990s restoration 
  • Buyers should note it is still registered as a BGT with the DVLA 


The Condition

  • Car is finished in classic British Racing Green with a black interior trim - practically synonymous with the MGB
  • Bodywork has a high gloss finish with some age-commensurate wear
  • Paintwork resprayed in 2017, generally very presentable
  • Evidence of panel repair and paint pinpricks on the front scuttle
  • Original bonnet with a 'bulge' and some fine cracks
  • Brand New Old Stock metal MGB bonnet included in the sale
  • Chrome work in good condition with minimal corrosion
  • New Minilite-style alloy wheels and tyres
  • Underside is sound and dry, stored in a garage since 2015
  • Interior features refurbished seat frames, new foam, leather covers, new carpets, and new door and rear panel cards
  • Everthing here, as a result, is in superb fettle, with no rips or tears
  • Dashboard is nicely presented with a classic 
  • Floors are sound, and all instrument dials are functional


The Mechanics

  • 3.5L Rover V8 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 5 gears
  • All electrics reportedly work as expected
  • Rebuilt brake and clutch master cylinders, new brake piping
  • New clutch slave cylinder
  • Overhauled front and rear suspension with new SuperPro bush kit and GAZ telescopic adjustable rear shock absorbers
  • New Rev-Tec MGB V8 twin cooling fans
  • New Edelbrock/Webber 500 manual choke carburettor, manifold, and low-rise chrome 'pancake' air filter
  • New electronic distributor, coil lead, HT leads, and cap
  • Engine, clutch, and gearbox are in 'practically new' condition with only 65 miles since installation

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Auction Details
  • Year 1974
  • Make MG
  • Model MGB
  • Colour Green
  • Mileage 91,032 Miles
  • Engine size 3500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Henley-on-Thames
  • County Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
43 Bids
  • J1•••• £14,250 25/06/24
  • gr•••• £14,000 25/06/24
  • ma•••• £13,750 25/06/24
  • el•••• £13,500 25/06/24
  • ma•••• £13,250 25/06/24
  • Te•••• £13,000 25/06/24
  • as•••• £12,750 25/06/24
  • ma•••• £12,500 25/06/24
  • Te•••• £12,000 25/06/24
  • as•••• £11,500 25/06/24

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