Lot 262 - 1964 MG B Roadster
|Odometer reading||60,700 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,880|
- Early pull handle model, with overdrive
- Five main bearing crankshaft engine
- Restored ten years ago
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, utilising 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. Manual 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 of just over 11 seconds; this was 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 with the engine upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft to improve reliability.
This very good 1964 MGB Roadster is a sought-after pull-handle model and has the benefit of being fitted with overdrive. Fully restored between 2009 and 2012 this car has only covered 8,000 miles since. During the restoration the engine was replaced with a later, rebuilt, five bearing crank engine and the gearbox with overdrive was overhauled. Recent work carried out included overhauling the carburettors, fitting the correct cooling fan, new hoses and new spark plugs. Finished in dark blue with black interior, this MGB roadster is supplied with a virtually unused black hood, its original black tonneau cover, a V5 registration document, a Heritage Certificate and a file containing old MoT test certificates going back to 1985 and invoices from the restoration that took place around 2010. This represents an opportunity to purchase a car that will give the new owner good, reliable motoring in this popular marque.
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