This MGB Roadster has been transformed into a fast road car, with the use of a race-spec engine and various other modifications to assist handling and overall performance. It represents fantastic value for money for a good, usable car, but for a perfectionist, the car will require further cosmetic attention.
The cost of the engine build alone would be reaching £4500. Spec is as follows:
· Bored to 1840cc – FIA spec
· Lightened and balanced
· Forged pistons
· Steel crank and rods
· Roller rockers
· Big valve head, gas flowed
· Standard blueprint camshaft
· 45mm Weber carb with modified manifold
· Duplex timing chain and Vernier
· LCB exhaust manifold and stainless steel exhaust
Needless to say, it’s the fastest MGB I’ve driven, and that includes a supercharged example! As it has a standard cam fitted, it still ticks over, but is much revvier and pulls incredibly well above around 3500rpm.
Other works recently completed:
· Full brake and suspension rebuild front and rear, including king pins – polybushes used throughout
· H4 Halogen headlamp conversion
· New tyres on Minilite style wheels
· New hood and frame
· New fuel pump
· Endless other new parts – oil cooler, pipes, brake master cylinder, front plastic inner wings, etc etc
Prior to this, the car had further restoration in earlier years, which has included new sills and various other repairs, which appear to have been done to a good standard.
Bodily, the car is nice and solid, with good shut lines. The doors have been reskinned and it looks to have had a new nearside front wing in recent years. However, the paint isn’t the best job in the world, and whilst it’s perfectly serviceable, it’s quite flat with some imperfections etc. 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. It is NOT the usual rotten wreck. All the panels are solid and require just a flat back and repaint. £1000 or £1500 spent on a good paint job would easily increase the car’s value to £8000 upwards. The chromework is in presentable condition and is most probably original.
The interior is nice and tidy, but again, some cosmetic care here would work wonders, and further increase the car's value for little outlay. The seats are in good order and the door cards looks to be recent replacements, and it’s a nice place to be. The hood is in good order, it’s nice and taught and is fitted with a zip-out rear window.
Mechanically, the car appears to be in fine fettle, having covered around 500 miles since the engine rebuild. Oil pressure is excellent, 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 have been replaced within the last 1000 miles 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 then some!). Alternatively, you may want to swap engines with the one in your current car, and then sell this one on for the same price!
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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