Lot 278 - 1963 MG B Roadster
|Odometer reading||6,000 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
Conceived in the late 1950s and launched in 1962, the MGB would turn out to be one of the most successful sports cars of all time. Attractively styled, cheap to run and easily maintained by the home mechanic, the 'B' carried on MG's traditional role of providing affordable, sports car motoring for the ordinary enthusiast. The MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with heavier, unitary construction bodyshell. To compensate for the newcomer's increased weight the existing B-Series engine was stretched from 1,622 to 1,798cc, while the MGB's aerodynamically efficient lines made the most of the maximum available 95bhp to achieve a top speed which just bested the magic 'ton'. A 'right first time' design that changed little over the years apart from the adoption of a more robust five-main-bearing engine in 1965 (fitted from the start of GT production that autumn) a minor facelift for 1970 and the adoption of plastic bumpers (to comply with US legislation) for 1975, the 'B' enjoyed an 18-year production life and sales totalling in excess of 500,000 cars. Its popularity remaining undiminished today, the classic MGB is one of the easiest sports cars of its era to run and maintain in the 21st Century, being served by a worldwide industry of spare parts and service providers.
This superb early righthand drive, home market, pull handle, MG B with overdrive was built in November 1963 and delivered to its first of only five owners in January 1964. Some 32 years later, in 1996 it's then current owner performed a full and complete nut and bolt restoration over a three-year period using a brand new Heritage body shell, the result of which gives today a rust free original, matching numbers 1963 MG B as it was when it first came out of the factory and one of the most desirable to own and drive early B Roadsters. The original superb 1798cc three bearing crank engine has been fully rebuilt and runs superbly along with the four-speed with overdrive gearbox, again fully refurbished. Virtually every ancillary, including the wiring loom, all electrics, steering, brakes were replaced with 'new old stock' parts. The interior is completely refurbished with the original seats re-leathered in the original red. Finished in Old English White, it is supplied with a new hood and frame. Having covered only 6,000 miles since 1994, all the MoT test certificates are in the history file; this MG B wants for nothing and will be the pride of its next lucky owner. It comes with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate, a history file and new wire wheels. This is an extremely rare car with many thousands of pounds spent on it a true investment and a true classic car to own and enjoy.
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