1969 MG B

MkII

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    NREPS11698761
  • Engine number 
    18GUH25937
  • Lot number 
    29
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

DESCRIPTION
Launched at the 1962 London Motor Show, the MGB went on to become one of the most successful sports cars ever made, both from a commercial standpoint (with over half a million made) and for its unsurpassed ability to deliver an exceptional driving experience at an affordable price. Under development since the late 1950s, Abingdon’s long-awaited replacement for the MGA saw a shift away from the traditional construction technique of a separate chassis/body to an all-new pressed-steel monocoque structure, with the chief advantages of strength, lightness and more cockpit space. The MGB’s attractive lines cleverly reinterpreted the traditional British roadster for the 1960s, with refinements like door handles and wind-up windows added for the first time, although a heater was still optional and the soft-top somewhat rudimentary. The MGB employed BMC’s three-bearing B-series four-cylinder engine, running twin SUs and developing 95 horsepower at 5400 rpm, combined with a rugged four-speed gearbox and the option of Laycock overdrive on third and top gears. The rest of the running gear, including the steering, suspension and back axle, was sourced from BMC’s parts bin, albeit to good effect. In September 1964 MG updated the original B-series motor with a five bearing crankshaft and added a fixed-head variant, badged the GT, the following year. More significant changes took place in October 1967, with the adoption of an all-synchromesh gearbox (plus the option of automatic transmission to broaden the B’s appeal) and improved electrics, with an alternator replacing the dynamo found on earlier cars. Further changes were necessitated by new safety legislation, including a collapsible steering column and padded dashboard. Dubbed the Mark II, the 1967-1973 MGBs arguably offer the best all-round package, retaining all the purity of the original design with a more enjoyable (not to mention reliable) driving experience. The evergreen MGB is, quite simply, the most popular sports car ever made in Britain and as an affordable, practical and fun two-seater, one that still has lots of appeal today.

HISTORY
- Desirable ‘chrome bumper’ Mark II model
- Ground-up restoration ten years ago
- Offered from long-term ownership at No Reserve

An exceptional example of MG’s desirable ‘chrome bumper’ B roadster, this fabulous car was sold from South Australia to the current long-term Sydney owner almost forty years ago. Finished in metallic blue at the time, the car sat for some years while the owner was overseas and, upon his return home, the vendor made the decision to treat the MG to a nut-and-bolt restoration. Thousands of dollars and countless man hours were invested in the project, resulting in a superb car built to the highest standards; the accompanying file of invoices confirms a new Heritage MG Parts shell was used, along with a replacement five-bearing long block (albeit stamped with an earlier three-bearing 18GUH-prefixed engine number), along with a long list of other interior and exterior parts. Finished in the classic colour combination of red with black upholstery, the MGB was back on the road by 2007 (initial attempts to re-register the car were overcome by stamping a VIN on the car but it does carry the original body number 3755 stamped in the correct location) and driven sparingly ever since, with just 1,886 kms showing on the odometer which was zeroed on completion. To be sold registered in NSW until April 2019, the car runs and drives extremely well, while the cosmetics remain fresh ten years on, indicative of the way this car has been cared for.

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