The MGB is Britain’s archetypal classic car, and for a very good reason. With around 25,000 survivors, it’s both an easy and effortless classic to own, with an industry built up around its survival and a thriving owners’ scene.
Introduced in 1962, it instantly became the most popular British sports car, enjoying an incredible production run of 19 years thanks to its Pininfarina-styled good looks and its simple, easy-to-maintain engineering.
The fixed-roof MGB GT came three years after the hatch and sported a ground-breaking “greenhouse” rear end, also designed by the Italian styling house. With its hinged rear window and flat-folding single-piece 2+2 seat, it offered surprisingly useful amounts of luggage space yet maintained the B Roadster’s sporty driving characteristics.
This example is a 1975 model that original had the black polyurethane bumpers found on later MGBs, but was subject to a comprehensive restoration between 2015 and 2018, during which it was converted to a more traditional chrome bumper style. It has also recently had a power steering conversion – just part of the £15,000 worth of documented work carried out on the car in the past decade.
It's in stunning condition and wants for nothing.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Fully restored between 2015 and 2018
Photographic record of rebuild, respray and engine work
Tax and MOT exempt – but vendor has just had the car MOT’d ready for sale and it has a test valid until April 2024
Huge file of invoices and receipts from restoration and subsequent maintenance
Lots of old MOT certificates
Large file of historic invoices and bills
Original old V5 and owner’s handbook
Haynes manual and parts catalogue
Invoices for more recent work in recent years totalling over £15,000, including a £4,500 bodywork restoration bill
Ribbed velour seats with head restraints
Three-spoke sports steering wheel
Period 1980s Philips radio-cassette
Excellent carpets and door cards
Black crackle-finish dashboard
Later-style rotary heater controls
Webasto roof in working order
Rubber MGB tailored floor mats
Spare wheel and tool kit
Superb quality restoration
Repainted in original Leyland Bracken at a cost of over £4,500
New panels and floors all-round
Appears excellent underneath
All chrome and trim in excellent condition
Rostyle sports wheels with good tyres all round
1,860cc ‘Fast Road’ version of the BMC/Leyland B-Series engine supplied and fitted by Moto-Build in Surrey
Four-speed manual gearbox
Switchable overdrive on third and fourth
Oselli power steering conversion, which makes the car far more usable as a day-to-day vehicle
Vendor reports that the car starts and runs well and is extremely usable
The quality of this car speaks for itself – it’s a superb quality restoration with a fully rebuilt 1,860cc engine for improved performance, and a comprehensive, extensive and expensive bodywork rebuild carried out in fairly recent memory. The car has been carefully looked after and garage-stored since and is presented for sale in absolutely wonderful condition.
Throw in the stacks of historic paperwork that the car comes with and the added usability provided by the power steering conversion and you end up with a great MGB GT that you can really make the most of – a lovely car in superb condition, and one that needs nothing other than to be enjoyed.
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1975 MG B GT 1.8 Coupe
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