To many enthusiasts, the MGB was the last real sports car to wear the famous Octagon badge and the model continues to enjoy a loyal following around the world today. Replacing the popular MGA was never going to be an easy task, but BMC's designers managed to improve almost every aspect of the car and the 'B' was almost entirely new - only modified versions of the engine, transmission and front suspension were carried over. The pressed-steel monocoque structure was both lighter and stronger than the MGA's separate chassis frame/body construction, offering a much stiffer shell that resulted in a more comfortable ride and better handling, plus the added benefit of a roomier cockpit. Powered by the ever-reliable B-series 1.8-litre engine with a three-bearing crankshaft, fed by twin SUs and developing 95 bhp at 5400 rpm, with 110 lbs/ft of torque at 3000 rpm. The MGB's recipe for sports car success included a decent four-speed transmission (with overdrive optional), Lockheed disc brakes up front and proper rack and pinion steering. BMC placed particular emphasis on quality control for crucial export markets like America and as a result the new model was well put together. Epitomising all that was good about the British roadster, MG's 'B' offered genuinely sporting performance at a price many could afford and unsurprisingly sold in large numbers, with over half a million made during the 18-year production life. Early MGBs, including the example offered here, are now sought after for the purity of the original design, with later cars diluted by emissions controls, additional weight and ungainly rubber bumpers. With a thriving club scene and backed by numerous specialists around Australia, MGB ownership is both affordable and very rewarding.
Desirable ‘chrome bumper’ Mark I model
Older restoration, former concours car
Offered at No Reserve
Assembled in January 1967, this desirable Mark I MGB has history dating back to 1989 when specialist Bruce Grant Automotive commenced a nut and bolt restoration for a client. Completed to concours standards, the MG was stripped to bare metal and repainted Tartan (Champion) Red with contrasting black upholstery, wood-spoked steering wheel, 60-spoke chrome wire wheels and the gearbox upgraded to full-synchromesh Laycock transmission with optional overdrive. Attesting to the quality of the work, the car was awarded second place at the MGCC Sydney Concours on three separate occasions (1989 and 1991-1992). Changing hands within Sydney by the late 1990s, the next owner spent a good deal of time and money bringing the car up to an even higher standard, ultimately achieving first place at the 2002 MGCC Hunter Region Concours and the car continued to be regularly shown and judged at MG Car Club events well into the 2000s. The history file shows the MG was clearly well looked after, with numerous invoices for servicing and parts available for inspection. The current Sydney owner purchased the MGB back in 2015 and has maintained it in excellent running order ever since, the most recent service completed by specialists Paradise Garage in June 2019. The 30-year old restoration has held up well and the car still presents in lovely condition today, including the soft top, tonneau and screens. Currently registered in NSW until January 2020 (with the personal plates MG-450 included in the sale if sold to a buyer in that state), the car comes with a good history file, the original steering wheel and Driver’s Handbook.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.