Lot 192 - 1965 MGB Roadster

Lot 192 - 1965 MGB Roadster

Lot 192 - 1965 MGB Roadster

Lot Number 192
Registration JBH 175C
Chassis Number GHN3/61853
Engine Number 48G755ER99700
Estimate £14,000 - £18,000
  • Early pull handle model
  • Just completed full restoration
  • Five main bearing crank engine

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 the 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. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger at a 30mph impact.

This early, desirable, ‘pull handle’ restored MGB roadster with overdrive has been fully maintained until the car was taken off the road in 2005. Prior to going into hibernation this MG had substantial amounts of money spent on it, in fact it received a restoration in 1988. Also, the engine was replaced with a genuine BMC ‘Gold Seal’ unit. In 2011 the car was recovered from the barn where it was being stored and sold as a sound restoration project. It went into storage until it was purchased again in 2017 and has spent the last five years undergoing a complete rebuild by an MG enthusiast. The engine has had the big end bearings replaced, new piston rings and the cylinder head overhauled. The gearbox was rebuilt by Hardy Engineering Transmissions Ltd. They also checked the overdrive unit and the rear differential. A new wiring loom was supplied and fitted and at the same time changed the polarity from positive to negative earth. This lovely MGB roadster has been repainted in its original colour Tartan Red and has black leather interior. It is also supplied with a new hood and tonneau cover. In the history file are large number of invoices going back to 1988, old MoT test certificates up to 2005, the V5 registration document, an old V5 and the Heritage Certificate. 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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