Lot 259 - 1963 MG B Roadster

Lot 259 - 1963 MG B Roadster

Lot 259 - 1963 MG B Roadster

Lot Number 259
Registration 9966 MW
Chassis Number 9HN35491
Engine Number Tbc
Odometer reading 98,728 miles
Estimate No Reserve
  • Restoration project
  • Offered without reserve

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 a 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.

Registered on 1st February 1963, this MGB was previously treated to an extensive restoration in 1990 and has more recently been sat unused in our vendors garage. Presented in white over a red leather interior, this MG is offered in need of further renovation work although we are told the engine turns and the body is solid. Presented with a soft top, tonneau cover, UK V5C registration document and offered to auction without reserve.

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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