Lot 197 - 1973 MG B GT V8

Lot 197 - 1973 MG B GT V8

Lot 197 - 1973 MG B GT V8

Lot Number 197
Registration TPJ 16M
Chassis Number GD201594G
Engine Number 48600-495
Odometer reading 11,409 miles
Estimate £17,000 - £25,000
  • Privately owned since 2016
  • Factory built MGB GT V8

The MGB was first introduced in May 1962 as a direct replacement for the MGA. Performance was brisk with power supplied by a 1798cc four-cylinder iron block engine set within a monocoque lightweight bodyshell with crumple zones incorporated. October 1965 saw the introduction of the GT which was based on the already popular roadster. Designed by Pinninfarina, the new GT sported a hatchback giving useful access to the rear luggage space and a rear bench seat that enabled the car to be called a 2+2. Although acceleration was slightly slower than the roadster, top speed was better by 5mph due to the increased aerodynamic efficiency. Ken Costello saw the possibility of fitting the larger aluminium 3528cc Rover P5B engine into the MG B GT having been sure that the handling and braking could be made to match the much improved performance; not that it needed significant changes as the V8 weighed in at around 40 pounds lighter than the four-cylinder iron blocked engine it replaced. Space was not a problem as the car had originally been designed for fitment of a V4 that was never produced. It was not until two years after the first Costello car that MG decided to follow suit. It was 1973 and the fuel crisis loomed; with British Leyland not wanting competition for the V8 engined Triumph Stag, prices of the MGB GT V8 were set high. Production ceased in 1976 with 2,591 units having been produced.

Presented in black coachwork with black trim this genuine factory built MGB GT V8 has been in the current ownership since 2016 and has spent the last six years in the dry climate of the south of France with its British owner. Recently driven back from its extended holiday this example has returned to UK plates and presents well. Originally supplied with optional overdrive to Wadhams Ltd in Wiltshire in September 1973, repainted in black in 1999 as part of a full body restoration. Accompanying the car is a large history file, much of which was accumulated by Mr Turnbull who owned the car between 1993 and 2016. Included are details of a full engine rebuild with a blueprinted Rovercraft engine by Brown and Gammon Ltd (heritage specialists), countless MoT certificates and invoices, a Heritage certificate, V8 handbooks and a catalogue of photos of the car through previous ownership. V8 prices have been on the rise and it’s hard not to see why; big engine with a little British sports car, like Sunbeam Tigers these cars are a riot to drive and incredible value.

Interested parties please note that due to removal of a cherished number plate this Lot is not sold with its most recent V5C. However this has been applied for and will arrive in due course, we will forward this onto the successful bidder.

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