Lot 240 - 1972 MG BGT V8 Sebring Recreation Race Car
|Chassis Number||GHD 5305654G|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
On offer today is a 1972 1800cc MG BGT converted to a Sebring V8 race car with an impressive structural and mechanical specification. The 1972 MGB GT shell has been modified to take a V8 engine and 5 speed gearbox with all necessary reinforcements required to ensure the structure copes with the extra power. The shell was stripped, media blasted and fully seam welded with additional transmission tunnel and suspension pick up point strengtheners. Sebring wings were fitted all round with extra fibreglass reinforcements added to the rear wings to alleviate the common flexing and cracking problems of the standard units. New suspension pickup points were fabricated with the installation of a Rollcentre Racing Ltd FIA 1/2/5 x 2 bolt in roll cage that has been welded in with additional bracing and welded flanges to the A and B posts. This results in the suspension loads being dissipated through the roll cage. To save further weight, a Lexan window kit is fitted.
The mechanical specification includes an RPI Engineering Ltd Rover 4.6ltr cross bolted, big journal V8 engine. Fuel is delivered through the Le Mans fuel filler cap in the rear quarter pillar to an aluminium touring fuel tank; a further smaller composite race fuel cell is located within the boot area. Twin facet fuel pumps, one for each fuel tank, feed the Edelbrok Performance Series carburettor directing the mixture through a Rover V8 Edelbrock performance dual-plane inlet manifold. Exhaust extraction is via two MG RV8 stainless steel exhaust manifolds and full stainless steel dual exhaust system. Ignition spark is supplied by the Mallory Dual Point distributor. The gearbox is a 5 speed R380 unit. To keep things on track, the front suspension is fully rose jointed with newly fabricated unequal length wishbones suspended with AVO coil over shock absorbers to a strengthened modified cross member. Four pot Mazda RX7 disc brakes and brake callipers are provided at the front. To the rear, a rebuilt narrowed Rover SD1 back axle with a new crown wheel and pinion, bearings and a Quaife LSD has been fitted. All this is located with 4 fully rose jointed radius arms and suspended on AVO coil over shock absorbers. The axle has been modified to take Mazda RX7 rear discs and twin pot brake callipers. A race pedal box with dash mounted bias adjuster, enabling front/rear brake bias adjustment by the driver, has also been fitted. Minilite wheels compliment the dark green coachwork.
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. The vendor advises that the works required should be completed by the time of sale and anticipates that it will arrive with a fresh MoT test certificate. When one considers the specification and works carried out, this Big Block V8 MG represents excellent value, given the estimate, and is surely an opportunity not to be missed.
** The vendor informs us that he has not had the time to MoT this vehicle but it is complete.
The engine was built by a company called RPI who record bhp against each engine built. We believe this one produces 280 bhp but it will need to be confirmed quoting the engine number.
The wings are grp with extra stiffening. The bonnet is also GRP, the boot steel and the roof panel aluminium.
The vendor also states that there are several spares available to a new owner that may be collected at nil cost.
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