There’s nothing quite like an early 70s MGB roadster. They hold the perfect mix between 60s sportscar design and the refinements of the later cars. These cars are a fantastic investment, with prices dramatically rising all of the time.
This car is no exception, and I feel you’ll struggle to find a better one for this price. It’s had a great deal of work during its life, but retains its ‘original’ feel, which I will detail throughout the ad. It’s not a show car, but presents nicely indeed, and if you’re after a solid, reliable MGB to use, then this is most probably the one for you!
The previous owner acquired the car in 2010, it appears to have been subject to a major restoration just before he bought it. Since then, it hasn’t covered a great deal of miles and has been well cared for and received anything that it’s needed for each MOT, etc.
In the past couple of years it’s not done a great deal of miles at all, so we have been right through the car and ensured that it’s reliable and very usable. Recent work includes:
· New Falcon stainless steel exhaust from Moss Europe
· Carburettors stripped, rebuilt, rebalanced and retuned
· 4 new tyres
· New distributor and electronic ignition system
· Brakes and hydraulics all recommissioned
· 12v battery conversion fitted
· Rolling road tuned in 2014, showing at 90bhp at the wheels.
Bodily, the car is nice and straight, with no evidence of filler. The doors shut with a nice ‘clunk’ and the gaps are even. The panel work is very solid overall, and will last for years to come without any major issues. as are the wing-top seams, and scuttle panel. Yes, as it’s probably 10 years since the car was painted, there are a few imperfections, and minor bubbling here and there, but nothing that really detracts from the overall look of the car. The paint finish is very good (clearly professional), and has a nice shine. As you can see in the pictures – it presents very well indeed! As I mentioned, chrome wire wheels are fitted – these do have some pitting but still look great. The rest of the chromework on the car is very good, and the car is fitted with the earlier Mk1 front grille, which looks much better, in my opinion.
The car appears to be very solid throughout. Sills, castle sections, floorpans, chassis legs and spring hangers are all in good order, and the car is free from nasty patchwork-quilt type repairs. It’s never had any rust-related advisories on previous MOTs and I doubt there will be much to worry about in the future. I took it for MOT this week and the tester complimented the structural side of things, as well as the suspension, brakes and running gear. The current MOT expires in September 2017, and of course, with the newly introduced DVLA rules, the car will not require another MOT test!
The interior is pretty good too. The seats are in good order, as are the door cards etc! The hood frame is in good order, and the hood itself appears is watertight and in good condition (but not new!). A hood cover is also included in the sale.
The engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 750rpm, as it should. It doesn’t seem to use oil or water, and the compressions are all very strong. You can see in the pictures that the engine bay is tidy (and, body colour), but a little grubby - it could be detailed to look very nice indeed. Exhaust note is lovely thanks to the stainless steel exhaust and the car pulls and drives as it should. Oil pressure is spot-on, and the car does not overheat. Overdrive is fitted, and functions very well. The rear axle is nice and quiet and the gearbox has no synchromesh issues.
I have the current V5 document and MOT, along with a couple of bills and receipts for the past few years – sadly there isn’t much there in the way of history as the previous owner was in the process of moving house and couldn’t locate it!
All in all, this is an absolutely stunning little car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed. You won’t find many cars at this price that have been finished to this standard. I travel all over the country to view these cars and this one is particularly good for the money I’m asking.
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