Lot 179 - 1967 MGB GT

Lot 179 - 1967 MGB GT

Lot 179 - 1967 MGB GT

Lot Number 179
Registration PLB 400E
Chassis Number GHD3L122492
Engine Number 18GRRUH44645
Odometer reading 800 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £9,520
  • Fully restored
  • Only 800 miles since completion
  • Fitted with overdrive

Conceived in the late 1950’s and launched in 1962, the MGB would turn out to be one of the most successful sports cars of all time. The B carried on MG’s traditional role of providing affordable sports car motoring for the ordinary enthusiast. The popularity of factory hardtops for its MGA predecessor and the success of the Coupé variant influenced the decision to produce a closed version of the MGB that would provide the increased practicality and refinement which was being demanded by the maturing sports car market. Styled by Pininfarina, the MGB GT coupé arrived in 1965 to be greeted by universal acclaim. The adoption of a stylish fastback bodyshell enabled the provision of two occasional rear seats which, when folded flat, created a generous load platform accessible by the rear tailgate. The more robust five-bearing B-series engine was fitted to the GT right from the start and when Abingdon finished production, over 125,000 MGB GT’s hade been built. The MGB’s popularity remains undiminished, one of the major factors being the continuing availability of spare parts and expertise, making it one of the easiest classic cars to run and maintain.

This MGB GT, with overdrive, was purchased by the previous owner in early 2015 as a restoration project. It was started 21 years ago when it was stripped down to the bare body shell, it then had new panels fitted and repainted with cellulose paint in the original colour of Old English White. In 2015, the rebuild was continued, this has included a complete engine overhaul replacing the cylinder head with one for use with unleaded fuel, a gearbox overhaul, new wiring loom, instrument overhaul, re-setting the odometer back to zero, a full front and rear suspension rebuild using Niloc bushes, Kenlowe fan and a full brake rebuild. Now fully completed, this MGB GT, with a black interior, is supplied with a V5C registration document, a Heritage Certificate, a set of photographs taken of the body restoration and a file of invoices from 1986 which was when the restoration started; it has only covered 800 miles since and is still running in. This represents an opportunity to purchase a car that will give the new owner good, reliable motoring in this popular marque.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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