2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1963 MG B MK1 'Pull Handle' Roadster

$10,000 - $14,000

No Reserve


Engine 1798cc Four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Engine No. 18GUH4449
Chassis No. 3228-562
Body Work Convertible
Colour Red
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wire-Spoked
Brakes Disc/Drums

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Launched at the 1962 London Motor Show, the MGB went on to become one of the most successful sports cars ever made, both from a commercial standpoint (with over half a million made) and for the driving pleasure a good ‘B’ is still capable of delivering. Under development since the late 1950s, Abingdon’s long-awaited replacement for the MGA saw a shift away from the traditional construction technique of a separate chassis/body, to an all-new pressed steel monocoque structure, with the chief advantages of strength, lightness and more cockpit space. The MGB’s attractive lines cleverly reinterpreted the traditional British roadster for the 1960s, with refinements like door handles and wind-up windows added for the first time, although a heater was still optional and the soft-top somewhat rudimentary. The MGB employed BMC’s three-bearing B-series four-cylinder engine, running twin SUs and developing 95 horsepower at 5400 rpm, combined with a rugged four-speed gearbox and the option of Laycock overdrive on third and top gears. The rest of the running gear, including the steering, suspension and back axle, was sourced from BMC’s parts bin, albeit to good effect. The evergreen MGB is, quite simply, the most popular sports car ever made in Britain and as an affordable, practical and fun two-seater, still has tremendous appeal today.


  • Very early Australian production MGB
  • Pull-handle 1963 model
  • Fitted with five-speed Datsun gearbox
MG enthusiasts are going to love this. It’s a pull-handle MGB from the first year of Australian production, 1963, body build number 562, making it the 62nd MGB body produced here. Part of a private collection of rare MG models, it’s finished in ubiquitous red with a black top and black vinyl trim. The body and paint show some age, but are complete, as is the interior. After market chromed wire spoke wheels are fitted, and a Datsun five-speed manual gearbox has also been fitted for more relaxed touring in place of the original MG four-speed. In need of minor TLC, this very early 1963 MGB is undoubtedly very collectible. It is being offered unregistered and with No Reserve. 

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