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Lot 104

1978 MG B GT
No Reserve

Sold for £3,150

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BBU 619T
Chassis No: GHD5-480402G
MOT: Exempt
Estimate: No Reserve

Motor Car Location: Cheshire

  • Current ownership since 2007 and offered from a deceased estate
  • Supplied new via Lookers Limited of Manchester
  • Offered with history file
  • Accompanied by a BMIHT Heritage Certificate

Introduced in May of 1962, the monocoque MG B was a welcome progression from the body-on-frame T-Series and MG A models that preceded it. A more modern construction was a revelation and resulted in weight savings, reduced manufacturing costs, and possessed notably tauter and sportier handling. Initially, the B was only available in Roadster form - the Pininfarina-penned hatchback GT derivative with 2+2 seating not being offered until October 1965.

From it's launch, the model was powered by a three-bearing version of the 1798cc B-Series engine that produced 95bhp at 5,400rpm. However, this unit was replaced by a five-bearing unit two years into production. The MKII model of 1967 brought an updated manual gearbox with revised ratios and synchromesh on all gears, as well as the option of a Borg-Warner automatic unit. Other changes included a revised rear axle and a switch from dynamos to alternators. In 1969, Rostyle wheels replaced the previous pressed steel version for a standard fit. With the MKIII derivative of 1972 came a new fascia and improved heater. However, the biggest visual change in the car's history occurred two years later when steel-reinforced plastic bumpers replaced the chrome ones and the ride height was raised by one inch. By the time GT production ceased in 1980, a total of 125,282 are said to have been produced, a large proportion of which are still providing good service today.

This Vermillion with Silver and Grey cloth interior, left the production line on October 24th 1978 to be sold through Lookers Limited of Manchester. It's powered by the aforementioned 1798cc straight-four B-Series engine mated to the four-speed gearbox with overdrive. Entering into current ownership in 2007, the MGB GT is now offered from a deceased estate and is showing eight former keepers with a recorded mileage showing 46,643 miles (atoc).

An older restoration, ‘BBU 619T’ has come from a period of dry-storage although was in regular use until the vendor's passing (approximately eight months previous), the MG is currently running but will require some recommissioning. Wearing a sporty track look it is fitted with Sebring style front and rear valances has bumpers deleted and rides on some customm sports wheels. This MG B GT is offered with a history file that includes original sales literature, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, a large quantity of invoices, a selection of MOTs dating back to 1984 and a V5C document. Once recommissioned this could be a very usable B GT with possible pretensions to be a classic racer.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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