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Lot 101: MG B GT

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

After the considerable world-wide success of the MGA, it was obvious that the MG's successor would have a tough act to follow. Considerable development had gone into the new car which, unlike the MGA with its separate chassis, was to be of monocoque construction to enable production output to exceed the record 100,000-plus run of the MGA. Designed in-house at MG, the new MG MGB was launched at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show. Its appeal was instant, offering a huge increase in interior space while having overall dimensions less than those of the MGA. Power came from the tried and tested B Series four cylinder engine, though with strengthened bottom end and capacity increased from 1,622cc to 1,798cc. Via twin SU carburettors it developed a respectable 94bhp at 5,440rpm which, allied to a four-speed gearbox, allowed the handsome new MG to reach 0 60mph in 11.4 seconds and 104rnph. Suspension remained as for the MGA, i.e. independent coil spring wishbone at the front with a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Brakes were again discs front, drums rear. This charming GT specification MG B was manufactured in 1972, and immediately shipped to South Africa. Here it remained, in a 'rust' free environment until it was repatriated to the UK just three years ago. Offered with UK V5 registration papers, and finished in arguably the 'must have' colour for an MGB (British Racing Green with tan interior) this little B is not to be missed. Offered with a realistic reserve.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number101
Estimate£4000-£6000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating
Registration numberPGU 625K
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHD5/ 266398G
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