Lot 230 - 1973 MG B Roadster
|Odometer reading||34,284 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
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.
This lovely example is presented in dark blue with tan leather interior. It was purchased by the present owner in 2018 and he has had the car serviced every year since, keeping it garaged all the time also. He fitted a new DAB stereo with Bluetooth connection and has made sure the car has had a MoT test certificate every year, with the current MoT test certificate expiring in September 2023. Its gleaming dark blue paint is in good condition as is its black hood. The original interior has been upgraded to walnut dashboard and centre console, tan leather seats and central armrest and there is a chrome luggage rack mounted on the boot lid. Its 1800cc engine is mated to a four-speed gearbox with overdrive, which makes for great touring ability. A pretty British sports car which never loses appeal.