Lot 31 (The Motor House, Warrington, 16th December 2020)
Registration No: GBJ 917N
Chassis No: GHD5359604G
Introduced in May 1962, the monocoque MG B was a welcome progression from the body-on-frame T-Series and MG A models that preceded it. The more modern construction resulted in weight savings (the car turned the scales at 2028lb), reduced manufacturing costs, and notably tauter 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. At 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 right-hand drive MG B GT was manufactured in 1974 and was first UK registered in October that year. Finished in Old English White, the MG retains its original Brown cloth interior upholstery and is fitted with the 1798cc straight-four engine mated to a manual gearbox with overdrive. Previously restored, the MGB is still rated as ‘Very Good’ throughout by the vendor, the MG has been subject to many new parts in the 2018-19 period including a large quantity of chrome-work, trim pieces, exhaust fittings, a new battery, and much more. Fitted with rostyle wheels, spotlights, and walnut steering wheel, the MG is furthermore accompanied by a history file including a collection of past invoices, a small quantity of past MOTs and tax discs, and V5C.
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Bodywork: ‘Very Good'
Engine: ‘Very Good’
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'
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