Lot 365 - 1963 MG B Roadster
|Engine Number||15WC-U-L 36759|
|Odometer reading||88,171 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,240|
The MG B is a sports car launched in May 1962 to replace the MG A. 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, utilizing a monocoque structure instead of the traditional body mounted on a chassis as 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 5,400rpm 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 very early MG B Roadster with pull out handles has been in dry storage for a number of years and is an excellent project for restoration or rebuilding as a race/rally car. The monocoque structure appears to be very sound with good inner sills and floor's, the passenger door has the only real rust problem, and will require a new door skin, some bodywork is required to the driver's side rear wing. The engine compartment appears to be complete and an engine rebuild is relatively simple on MG's of this period. This MG B is supplied with a hood and frame and the vendor will supply the correct seats for the car. A Heritage certificate has been requested from the Heritage Motor Centre to help trace the origins of this car and aid registration in the UK. This is a opportunity to buy a very sound restoration project and the chance to build a racing car that will get you in the ground floor of historic racing going up against Ferrari's and Aston's from the same period.
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