This MGB Roadster has recently undergone a full structural restoration at a cost of well over £4000. It has an MOT until April 2018 with no advisories whatsoever. It represents fantastic value for money for a good, usable car, but for a perfectionist, the car will require further cosmetic attention.
The restoration last year was comprehensive and included the following, professionally completed by a classic car specialist, with £1000 worth of Heritage replacement panels:
· O/S complete inner and outer sill, castle rail, jacking point and floorpan
· O/S rear inner and outer wheelarch
· Front lower wing and splash panel
· Boot floor corners repaired
· Inner front wings and wing trumpets repaired
· Fuel tank and fuel lines replaced
· Full underseal and cavity wax
· New steering rack
· Windscreen removed, new seal fitted
· Brakes stripped and overhauled
· …and much, much more!
Prior to this, the car had further restoration in around 2013 where it had new rear spring hangers fitted and various other major works – I think it’s fair to say that the new owner will have no structural issues with the car for years to come. The doors shut nicely and the panel gaps are good.
Cosmetically, the car has been resprayed in the areas affected by the welding repairs carried out. The paint match is very slightly different (you will hopefully be able to see this in the pictures) and the new owner may wish to have the car repainted – it wouldn’t be a difficult job as there would be little prep work to do. £1000 or £1500 spent on a good paint job would easily increase the car’s value to £7000 upwards. There is a slight kink in the boot lid where it looks like someone has left it on the boot stay with something heavy on the boot rack – again, very easy to sort if you decide to paint the car. The chromework is in presentable condition and fits well.
The interior is tidy, but again, some cosmetic care here would work wonders, and further increase the car's value for little outlay. The hood is present and seems to be watertight, but a couple of the clips are missing – easy enough to replace. If the car sells for full price I will also include a works-style hardtop, complete with brackets and seals.
Mechanically, the car appears to be fine – oil pressure is good, and water temperature is just where it should be. Overdrive is fitted and functions fine, and the gearbox is nice and tight with no synchromesh issues. Tyres all have plenty of tread and the car is fitted with Minilite type wheels.
If you’re looking for a straight, SOLID and usable MGB, then this might just be the car for you. It’s no trailer queen, but with some cosmetic work, the value could be increased substantially – don’t forget, whatever money you put into a solid example, you’ll get more out when you come to sell (and some more!). If the car does not sell in the current condition I will be doing the work and relisting for £8-8500.
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