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Lot 390: MG B GT V8 Coupé

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

MG enthusiasts have Kent-based engineer Ken Costello to thank for the existence of the V8-engined MGB. In 1970 Costello began selling cars converted to take the 3.5-litre Rover V8, their favourable reception prompting British Leyland to follow suit. Considerably quicker than the four-cylinder 'B', the V8 could reach 60mph in around eight seconds and had a top speed of 125mph, respectable figures even today. Introduced in August 1973 and built only in GT coupé form, the MGB V8 was supplied exclusively to the UK market. A total of 2,591 cars were manufactured before the model was withdrawn in 1976, making the it one of the rarest and most sought-after of post-war MGs. With excellent parts supply, modest insurance costs, and simple and reliable components, this model now benefits from 'zero road tax' if built prior to 31st December 1973, which is the case with this particular car (having been registered in September '73). 'NKT 480M' has been in enthusiastic hands for the last nine years and has been subject to continuous maintenance and care during that time. The manual with overdrive equipped GT is fitted the very desirable period Tudor Webasto sunroof, which was recovered in 2003, and appears to have been Ziebart anti-corrosion treated from new. The original colour scheme of Glacier White with blue cloth interior is retained, as are the original steel/alloy composite wheels. Fully serviced in June 2013, this well cared for MGB V8 is offered with sundry service invoices, MOT to June 2014 and Swansea V5C document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number390
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10350
Year1973
Condition rating2
Registration numberNKT 480M
Mileage-
Chassis numberGD2D1339G
Engine number271
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors