Lot 309 - 1972 12990 B Roadster
|Odometer reading||98,925 miles|
|Estimate||£7,500 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The MGB is a sports car launched in May 1962 to replace the MGA. Introduced as a four-cylinder roadster, a coupé with 2+2 seating was added in 1965. The MGB was a relatively modern design at the time of its introduction, utilising a monocoque structure instead of the traditional 'body-on-frame' construction used on both the MGA and MG T-types. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. Wind-up windows were standard and a comfortable driver's compartment offered plenty of legroom. The MGB's performance was considered brisk at the time of its introduction with a 0-60mph time of just over 11 seconds aided by the relatively light weight of the car. Handling was one of the MGB's strong points. The three-bearing 1798cc B-Series engine produced 95bhp at 5400rpm and the engine was upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft in an effort to improve reliability. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30mph impact.
This ex Californian 1972 MG B Roadster was imported into the UK in 1998. Purchased by the vendor in 2001 to be rebuilt to his specification by marquee specialists Surrey Sports & Classics of Ripley in Surrey, they set about a complete ground up restoration converting it to righthand drive, rebuilding the engine, boring it to 1860cc and fitting a fast road cam shaft; other modifications included fitting overdrive, Peco sports exhaust, ventilated front discs with Green Stuff brake pads, Motolita woodrim steering wheel and Kenlow fan. In the last few months the vendor has had the car re-commissioned after a period of storage and items which were replaced were the radiator, steering rack, modern starter motor, prop-shaft, braided oil cooler pipes, water pump and batteries. Finished in Metalic Riviera Silver Blue with the original style black leather with white piping, this MG B has been regularly waxoiled and is supplied with a cream fibreglass hardtop, tonneau cover, V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2014, photographs of the restoration, invoices, old MoT test certificates and a Heritage dating certificate. This is an extremely pretty and properly restored classic British sportscar in excellent order throughout.
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