Lot 370 - 1965 MG B Roadster
|Odometer reading||57,080 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,880|
The MGB was launched in May 1962 to replace the MGA and was introduced as a four-cylinder roadster with a coupé added in 1965. It was a relatively modern design at the time of its introduction utilizing 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 in just over 11 seconds, aided by the relatively light weight of the car. Handling was one of 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.
This matching numbers 1965 MG B Roadster is one of the last of the desirable pull out door handle cars and also benefits from being one of the first B's to be fitted with a five-bearing crankshaft engine. First supplied new to the US this MG B was brought over to England a few years ago as part of a collection of rust free MGB's which were found in a barn waiting restoration. Purchased by the vendor just over three years ago he set about having a ground up rebuild and improvements completed on the car. The body has been restored and repainted in red with new black seats, new black carpets, new hood and the chrome work re-plated. The car has been converted to righthand drive and the engine has been stripped down, bored out and completely rebuilt including having a new cylinder head which is converted for unleaded fuel. The twin six volt batteries have been replaced by a single twelve volt unit and the car is now negative earth. The original gearbox has been replaced with a five speed unit supplied by the MG Car Club. Other improvements included an electronic ignition, high power starter motor, alternator, Minolite wheels, and Kenlow fan. This MG B roadster is supplied with a V5C registration document and MoT test certificate, which expires in January 2015, the Heritage certificate and a couple of photographs of the body restoration. There is also a file of invoices relating to the parts used on the rebuild. This MG B ticks all the desirable element boxes with the pull out handles and five bearing crank which has been rebuilt to make sure that it is useable and reliable, an excellent car all-round.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.