Wed, 9th Jun 2010 14:45

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 29

1978 MG B Roadster

Sold for £3,150

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: WWG474T
Chassis No: GHN5-460847G
Mot Expiry: May 2011

Introduced in May 1962, the monocoque MGB was a welcome progression from the body-on-frame T-Series and MGA models that preceded it. The more modern construction resulted in weight savings (the car turned the scales at 2028lb), reduced manufacturing costs and notably taughter handling. Initially, the B was only available in Roadster form - the hatchback GT derivative not being offered until 1965. Suspension was by wishbones and coil springs at the front, and a live axle mounted on leaf-springs at the rear. Damping was by lever arm units all round. Braking was by discs at the front and drums at the rear. At launch, the model was powered by a three-bearing version of the 1798cc B-Series engine that produced 95bhp at 5,400rpm. However, with an eye on superior reliability, this unit was replaced by a five-bearing one 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 standard fit. With the MKIII derivative of 1972 came a new facia and improved heater. However, the biggest visual change in the car's history occurred two years later when steel reinforced rubber bumpers replaced the chrome ones and the ride height was raised by one inch. These changes were demanded by the American market, which had accounted for much of the car's production from day one. By the time Roadster production ceased in 1980, a total of 399,070 are said to have been produced.

The right-hand drive Roadster offered sports green bodywork and orange fabric interior trim. It is equipped with a manual gearbox plus the optional overdrive and rides on Rostyle wheels. According to the vendor, it is in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. He goes on to say that it has benefited from "a recent service", plus the following: "a new windscreen, dash rail, carpet set, pillar rubbers and sunvisors". The Roadster has been Waxoiled and is MOT'd into May of next year.

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