Lot 207 - 1971 MG B GT Supercharged
|Chassis Number||GHD 5235717|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,600|
MG has a famous history with supercharged sports cars, particularly in the pre war era. This post war 1971 supercharged MG BGT offered today, started life with a standard 1800cc engine unit. It was built as the sister and tow car to a V8 Sebring version also offered by the vendor within this sale.
Our vendor states: "In February 2006, my son and I had the idea to build a powerful tow car for its sister car, our MGB GT V8 Sebring Racer we were also building; so another early MGB GT was procured but we had to make it a good looking reliable car to match the Racer. The engine and gearbox were removed and the engine bay sand blasted then sprayed metallic Dark British Racing Green. The engine was rebuilt with the head gas flowed and the pistons replaced for ones suitable for supercharging. A NOS (New Old Stock) Shorrock 142B supercharger kit was fitted along with a LCB manifold and big bore exhaust. The gearbox was replaced with an overdrive version. The car was then test driven to check setup and that we were happy (and we were, very happy!). She was then stripped out, the suspension overhauled and up rated Spax adjustable shock absorbers fitted to the rear with new springs, front shock absorbers and anti roll bars to the front. Minimal rust was found to the body shell; however, what was found was removed and the necessary high quality repairs undertaken. We thought that to remove the bumpers would enhance the looks, however, not only were the bumpers removed but a steel Sebring front valance was fabricated and a glassfibre Sebring rear panel was fitted to further improve the looks. An MGC fibre glass bonnet was added to clear the supercharger's carburettor. The car was then shipped to Faircharm Restorations for preparation and re-sprayed in Dark Metallic racing Green to match its sister car."
The vehicle is only being offered as our vendor is retiring to his yacht and will therefore no longer have the land based storage at his home. At the time of writing, the car was not quite complete but is currently being fitted out. In addition, a dual point Mallory distributor will be fitted to enable accurate timing curve for the supercharger to be set. The file accompanying the car has receipts for items purchased, including the receipt for the Shorrock Supercharger from Alf Hagon of London for the conversion, a detailed build book as well as the UK registration document.
The vendor advises that the works required should be completed by the time of sale and anticipates that it may arrive with a fresh MoT test certificate. When one considers the specification and works carried out, this supercharged MG represents excellent value, given the estimate, and is surely an opportunity not to be missed.
** Sadly, the vendor had not quite completed the car.
He informs us that it has no MoT and requires minor wiring of the indicators and horn.
There is no record of power output but the supercharger is believed to increase power of the standard unit by one third.
The seats are standard vinyl MG units.
The car is all steel apart from a GRP Sebring rear panel.
The vendor also states that there are several spares available to a new owner that may be collected at nil cost. These include a five bearing engine and a low mileage gearbox.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.