2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1972 MGB GT 'Overdrive' Coupe

$10,000 - $14,000

No Reserve


Engine 1798cc Four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual with overdrive
Engine No. 18U582FH7664
Chassis No. GHD52842618
Body Work Coupe
Colour Black
Interior Navy blue
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel sports
Brakes Disc/drums

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Arguably Britain's best-loved sports car, the MGB was launched in roadster form in September 1962 and represented a significant step forward over the outgoing MGA.  Benefiting from an all-new monocoque chassis design, the ‘B’ enjoyed a roomier cockpit and better handling, while the familiar B-Series four-cylinder engine was expanded to 1.8-litres to cope with the small weight gain. With Lockheed disc brakes up front the MGB was not only technically more advanced than the MGA, but proved more civilized as well, with proper wind-up windows and door locks. The recipe of attractive styling, lively performance and great value enabled BMC to dominate the affordable sports car market around the world throughout the 1960s, comfortably outselling rivals like Triumph’s TR. Abingdon further enhanced the B’s versatility in October 1965 by adding a stylish fixed-head coupe variant complete with occasional rear seats, a snug weatherproof cabin and with a hatchback to give access to a vastly increased boot area. Nicknamed the ‘poor man’s Aston Martin’ by designer John Thornley, the GT certainly broadened the B’s appeal and despite the additional weight penalty, actually had a higher top speed thanks to the superior aerodynamics.  The GT also had revised suspension settings, including stiffer springs, an anti-roll bar up front and Salisbury-type back axle. The handsome styling, designed in part by Pininfarina, worked well and despite being the most expensive model in the range, the new GT was soon selling well. The entire MGB range was updated in 1967, improvements including an all-synchro gearbox, pre-engaged starter and revised electrics - including an alternator - making the Mark II models more reliable for day-to-day driving. Today the MGB GT is an excellent classic car - cheap to run, reliable, with no shortage of parts or specialists and a strong network of local clubs to make ownership a real pleasure.


  • Four owner MGB GT
  • Original rego papers & books
  • UK car, been in Australia since 1975
  • Complete, ready for refurbishment
  • No Reserve
First registered on 5 June 1972, this MGB GT had two UK owners before being imported into Australia in 1975. It remained in that owner’s hands until the vendor purchased it in 2002. An original factory black car with overdrive, its 1798cc four-cylinder was rebuilt by Morris Minor Australia in August 2008 and it was resprayed a year later. Ten years on, the paint is looking a little tired and there’s some rust evident too. Inside the original dark navy-blue vinyl trim is also showing wear, with the seats repaired with tape, the centre console lid is broken, and the carpets worn through in places. But it is all there and would be easy to rectify, which is true of the whole car. It could be enjoyed as is or brought back to like-new condition. Our MGB GT is being sold with its original UK registration papers, some service history, original owner’s manual, lots of receipts and a set of spare keys. Previously on full Victorian registration, the MG B will be offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
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