If you’re looking for a good, usable, early Heritage Shell MGB Roadster, then look no further. It’s a great investment which offers scope for further improvement and therefore the ability to increase value tremendously - prices of these early chrome bumper roadsters are definitely on the rise. I challenge you to find a nicer Heritage bodyshell car for less money!
The car was built in the mid nineties using a heritage shell, and has covered under 8000 miles since the rebuild. Considering it’s now over twenty years since the restoration was done, it still looks nice and fresh.
The car retains its original ‘18GB’ 5 bearing engine, and other features such as the correct doors and inner door handles, bumpers etc. By the time this car was built in 1967, MG were fitting reversing lights to their cars, so it is correct in this respect too. It’s nice to see that the original door cards, door cappings, leather seats etc are still present – these are often missing from a rebuilt car.
The majority of components have been either refurbished or replaced with new items. The engine and gearbox (4 synhro non overdrive) are in fine fettle and I wouldn’t hesitate in doing a long run in the car. A stainless steel exhaust and K&N style air filters have been fitted - all very sensible (but easily reversible) mods. The car ticks over nicely and has good oil pressure.
The car drives nicely. There is no slop in the drivetrain, no noisy back axle or no clunking wire wheel hubs - it’s a joy to drive. The car stops nicely but because limited mileage has been done in recent years (under 100 most years!), the front calipers are a little sticky, but not to the extent that the brakes are sticking on. This isn’t a major job to do and brand new calipers are available very cheaply. It may be that they just want freeing off! The front shocks seem a little soft but again, not too bad. Again, a couple of weekends spent ‘recomissioning’ some simple bits and bobs would do wonders.
The car was painted professionally in the late 1990s, when the rebuild was done – it still has a nice finish but there are some ‘battle scars’ here and there – mostly just light scratches and very small dents here and there etc, which would most probably buff out. There is very little bubbling on the bodywork, which isn't bad for 20 years old! The chrome wire wheels clean up nicely and look great. Don’t get me wrong, the car is very presentable but please don’t expect it to be a concourse show car – if that was the case, I’d be asking £14,000. If you’re after a solid, reliable car that you’re not afraid to take on club runs and touring, then this is probably the car for you. That said, if you spent £2000 on a paint job (not that it really needs it!) and some other little bits and bobs, the car would be worth £12-15k, so this really does represent good value for money.
Structurally, of course, thanks to the new shell, it’s all fine with no welding repairs anywhere. I’m sure it’ll be great for many years to come!
The interior is in good order, considering a lot of it is original. The seat covers are in great condition, as are the door cards, dashboard, etc. A full length tonneau cover is included in the sale, as is the correct early-type folding hood frame. The canvas soft top has never been used since the rebuild so it’s shrunk quite a bit.
The engine bay is nice and tidy - the paint on the inner wings is as good as the paint on the outside of the car. A good clean and quick detail would have it looking absolutely fantastic without too much effort.
I am sure that any viewer will not be disappointed. MOT until 21st April 2018 (no advisories on any test since 2006!), and the car is, of course, tax exempt. A new, bare, unpainted bodyshell is now £8500+VAT, so this represents a fantastic bargain. To build a car the same as this would require double my asking price, at the very least.
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