Lot 278 - 1978 MG B Roadster V8 (3.5 Litre)
|Sold - £21,000
- Restored in 2018 to a very good standard
- Rover 3.5 litre V8 engine fitted
- Chrome bumper modification
The MGB was launched in May 1962 to replace the MGA. Introduced as a four-cylinder roadster, a coupé with 2+2 seating was added in 1965 with production continuing until October 1980. 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 main bearing 1798cc B-Series engine produced 95hp at 5,400 rpm but upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft 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 with an immovable barrier.
Originally registered on 1st August 1978 this stunning MGB was restored in 2018 by a retired motor engineer. At the time of the restoration a Rover V8 3.5 litre was fitted, this was rebuilt prior to fitment. A five-speed gearbox was also fitted at the same time. Other significant improvements include the fitment of drilled disc brakes and new calipers, Gaz shock absorbers all round, electronic ignition and a new Holley carburettor. The bodywork was completely restored and the interior retrimmed in black leather with red piping, new carpets were also fitted. Originally a later rubber bumper model, a chrome bumper modification was carried out thus enhancing the appearance of this delightful MGB. Open the boot lid and the quality of this MGB is apparent, lift the bonnet and the appeal of this V8 powered roadster turns into anticipation and excitement. Start the engine and immediately the expectation becomes reality, the quality of this MGB must be seen to be appreciated. The fastidious vendor has always kept her in a dry, heated garage and has never driven this car in inclement weather. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a full years MoT test certificate. Interest in MGB V8 conversions is strong amongst MG V8 enthusiasts and particularly for roadsters. They are nimble, have good handling and above all offer smoothness and flexibility you only get with a V8 powerplant. A car of this quality is hard to find.
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