Lot 237 - 1974 MG B GT V8
|Odometer reading||107,602 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The MGB was first introduced in May 1962 as a direct replacement for the MGA. Performance was brisk with power supplied by a 1798cc four cylinder iron block engine set within a monocoque lightweight body shell with crumple zones incorporated. October 1965 saw the introduction of the GT and was based on the already popular roadster. Designed by Pinninfarina, the new GT sported a hatchback giving useful access to the rear luggage space and a rear bench seat that enabled the car to be called a 2+2. Although acceleration was slightly slower than the roadster, top speed was better by 5mph due to the increased aerodynamic efficiency. Ken Costello saw the possibility of fitting the larger aluminium 3528cc Rover P5B engine into the MGB GT having been sure that the handling and braking could be made to match the much improved performance; not that it needed significant changes as the V8 weighed in at around 40 pounds lighter than the four cylinder iron blocked engine it replaced. Space was not a problem as the car had originally been designed for fitment of a V4 that was never produced. It was not until two years after the first Costello car that MG decided to follow suit.
This well presented MGB V8 has been with the last keeper since 1991 and has been in storage for the last few years, only recently being re-commissioned. Finished in gold, it was repainted in the late 1980s in its original colour and is fitted with a black interior. The car comes with an extensive history from 1983 including twenty old MoT test certificates, over fifty parts and service invoices and old registration documents. This MGB GT V8 is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2016. These V8 engine coupés are very flexible and ideally suited to long distance touring.
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