2014 Shannons Sydney Late Spring Classic Auction
Lot
8

1972 MGB MkII Roadster

$28,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine In-line 4-cylinder
Gearbox 4-speed manual/overdrive
Body Work Roadster
Colour Red
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wire-spoked
Brakes Discs/ Drums

Description

This lot is no longer available

No other sports car can match the MGB's combination of looks, performance and value for money - indeed the ingredients that saw it become Britan's best selling sports car make it the ideal classic on a budget today. Replacing the MGA in 1962, the B's monocoque construction - a first for a car wearing the famous Octagon badge - resulted in a much stiffer, lighter shell compared with its predecessor. Other notable improvements included Lockheed disc brakes, rack and pinion steering and well set-up suspension, with coil springs and wishbone-type links controlled by hydraulic dampers up front and semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Selling in record numbers, the MGB remained largely unchanged until 1967 with the arrival of the Mark II, with a much-needed fully synchromesh gearbox and an alternator replacing the dynamo fitted to earlier cars. Further changes were necessitated by new safety legislation, including a collapsible steering column and padded dashboard. The Mark II, announced in 1967, was further refined in 1969 with new Rostyle wheels, seats and a matt black front grille then, in 1970, a redesigned hood, smaller 15.5-inch diameter steering wheel and a better heater made the MGB even easier to live with. To many enthusiasts, the Mark II open-topped MGB offers the best all-round package, combining all the charm and character of the original design with better driveability and makes a lot of sense as a classic sports car today.

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