It’s amazing to think that the MGB is now over 60 years old, such is the timelessness of its delicate, Italian-influenced styling.
Introduced in 1962, initially as an open-top Roadster only, the MGB went on to become the UK’s most popular sports car and today is the most prevalent classic car in the world, with over 20,000 known survivors in the UK alone, multiple owners’ clubs and an entire industry built up around the car’s ongoing survival.
This one is bordering on being as collectable as an MGB gets. An early car with ‘pull-handle’ doors and a pack-away removable roof frame, but late enough to have the tougher five-bearing engine, it’s a very smart, restored car that comes with documentary evidence of the care and attention it has received over the years and of the money spent on its restoration.
As Bs go, it’s one of the best combinations, finished in a great colour and in fine mechanical fettle.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
Large box file of bills and invoices
British Motor Heritage Certificate
Original RHD car built in April 1965 and first registered in Buckinghamshire
Old MOTs and receipts for work carried out
Several parts invoices from noted MG specialists
Two sets of keys
Red-piped black leather retrimmed seats
Retrimmed doors and carpets
Full tonneau cover
Wooden Mota-Lita steering wheel
Original speaker grille and rotary heater knobs
Additional Smiths Oil and Water gauges
New pedal rubbers and floor operated washer switch
Repainted in Tartan Red to a good standard
Appears structurally excellent with panels and underbody sections replaced as required during restoration
Knock-on wire wheels with recent 165/14 tyres all-round
Excellent restored condition
Original-specification ‘pull-handle’ door handles
Very good chrome and trim
1,798cc B-Series engine
Later 1965-on five-bearing engine with stronger crank
Four-speed manual gearbox with swich-operated overdrive
Supplementary aftermarket oil cooler
Stainless steel exhaust system
New springs and suspension components fitted during restoration
Renewed brake hoses and fuel lines
Reported by the vendor to drive very well indeed with no obvious faults
With the MG brand celebrating its centenary this year, this car represents a great opportunity to join the celebrations. It’s a rare and authentic pull-handle Roadster that has undergone a comprehensive restoration in recent years, has had loads of new parts fitted and which looks terrific on top. The interior is superb, the underside appears to be structurally excellent and a lot of money has been spent on renewing mechanical components.
The end result is a really lovely example of the archetypal MGB Roadster in an early and hugely appealing specification. A rare opportunity to acquire a very, very nice pull-handle MGB.
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1965 MGB Roadster
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