19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 6

1965 MG B Roadster

Sold for £11,812

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: D-657-MAN (Isle of Man)
Chassis No:

  • ‘Works replica’ for use in long distance rallies
  • Heritage shell with aluminium bonnet, boot lid and door skins
  • Ford Mk9 5-speed gearbox, side exit exhaust etc,

Reshelled in the early 2000s with a Heritage shell converted to MkI specification the car was acquired by the vendor in 2010. In 2017 he decided to create a ‘works replica’ for use in long distance European rallies. Sadly, ill health means the time has come to sell. Apart from track days on Southern French circuits, it has not been driven in anger.

Finished in Tartan Red and White, the impressive specification includes; aluminium bonnet (louvred and strengthened), an aluminium boot-lid and door skins, fibre glass front and rear valances, acrylic side windows, light weight hardtop, nylatron main bushes, lowered springs and dampers, solid mount front anti-roll bar, custom rear anti-tramp bars and overhauled steering rack. Front calipers, rear cylinders and all brake lines were renewed and grooved drilled front discs fitted with uprated pads and shoes. The brake hoses are aero-quip with copper brake pipes. The 1845cc engine was overhauled using new pistons, a twin chain vernier timing set, lightened tappets, double valve spring and alloy caps and tubular push rods. The heavy-duty clutch is coupled to a Ford Mk9 5-speed gearbox and the engine breathes via a new set of SU carbs on a new inlet manifold and ported cylinder head. An LCB big bore exhaust manifold connects to a side exhaust with removable baffle. A large stainless fuel tank feeds through boot-mounted twin pumps. Other features include alloy radiator, catch tank, twin coils etc. The vendor advises the engine still requires tuning. The interior sports a 6-point FIA roll cage and safety harnesses. There is a plumbed-in fire system, whilst the fuel, brake pipes, fire system and loom all feed through the interior. Refurbished early MGB leather seats have matching custom head restraints bolted to the cage. The dash features STACK oil pressure and water temperature gauges and dual access to switches, wipers, horn and an engine cut-out for the co-driver. Please Note: Currently registered in the Isle of Man, the car would need to be registering with the DVLA for UK use.

For more information, please contact:
John Markey
01428 607899


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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