Lot 211 - 1973 MG B GT V8 Police Car

Lot 211 - 1973 MG B GT V8 Police Car

Lot 211 - 1973 MG B GT V8 Police Car

Lot Number 211
Registration GOF 88L
Chassis Number GD2D/112G
Engine Number 486/00/00/78
Odometer reading 22,901 miles
Result Sold - £23,000
  • A pre-production example
  • One of only 12 issued to the Police
  • Extensively restored from 2009-2013

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 and 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. The possibility of fitting the larger aluminium 3528cc Rover P5B engine into the MG B GT was always an option. Space was not a problem as the car had originally been designed for fitment of a V4 that was never produced.

This pre-production MG B GT V8 was first registered on 2nd February 1973 and was originally registered as a Police car. British Leyland sent these MG’s to selected Police forces for operational evaluation. MG B V8’s remained in production until 1976, the model was never offered for sale in the US. This example underwent a major restoration in 2009-2013 which included a bare metal respray and major mechanical items, invoices totalling some £23,000 are in the file. Presenting in the colour combination of white (unsurprisingly) and navy interior, still present is the Police sign and light on the roof (this must be covered for road use). The Police radio is still in the interior which is in great condition. Supplied with a V5C registration document, some service history, together with some interesting Police notepads. MG B GT V8’s are always sought-after, this very rare (there were 12 allocated to the Police) and exceptionally tidy example is sure to create interest with collectors and enthusiasts.  Consignor Stewart Banks

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