Asking Price: $12,500 USD
Seller: Private Party
Original Selling Price: £1,102
Engine: 1798cc 4-Cylinder OHV
Max Power: 95hp
PROS: Looks and sounds to be a very well cared for car. Parts availability is amazing. Love to see the one-year-only split rear bumper.
CONS: It appears the car is fitted with a 4-speed transmission. It would be nice to see a 4-speed with overdrive installed; this would add to the overall drivability of the car.
Produced in both convertible and coupe form, the MGB is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all time. The MGB was in fact the most popular sports cars car of the sixties and seventies, and was the most popular sports car of all time until Mazda released its MX5 Miata in the early nineties. Today, the MGB is the perfect entry-level car into the collector and classic car hobby. They can be purchased at a reasonable price compared to other British cars such as Triumph and Austin-Healey. Thanks to companies like Moss Motors, parts are easy to come by and reasonably priced. You simply do not get any more bang for your buck than with an MGB.
This particular car is for sale by a private-party seller in New Jersey and is an MGB GT, which means it’s a coupe or Grand Tourer. Significantly fewer GTs were produced, so they’re somewhat rare today, and very few nice examples exist. In previous years, the GT was to some extent known as the redheaded stepchild of the MGB world, but in recent years they have become quite sought after and prices have been increasing, and in some cases, surpassing the price of standard MGBs.
When looking at MGBs, it’s always a must to pay close attention to rust and body damage. They all like to rust in the floorboards, sills, quarter panels, and boot floor—especially in the GTs—so get the car in the air and really take a good look. The GT here sounds as if it’s had some rust repair, so it will be important to inspect those areas and make sure everything was repaired correctly. You’ll also want to pay close attention to the front frame rails and make sure they are not bent from accident damage. You’ll often see the steering column rubbing on the frame rail, which is a tell tale sign something is wrong.
As I said, parts supply is amazing for these cars, so don’t worry too much about little things as they are often easily and inexpensively fixed. You do want to pay attention to the engine and transmission as they do get expensive just like any car. The MGB motor is a strong engine, but do look for cracked cylinder heads. If the cylinder head is cracked, you’ll often see water stains or leaking out the side of the cylinder head near the distributor. Service history is always good to have, and be sure to run a compression test to verify the engine internals are okay. The transmission will typically be a little loud in first gear but second, third, and fourth should be smooth and quiet. Make sure it all sounds good and doesn’t not pop out of any gears.
The MGB is a great car and you really can’t have more fun for your money. But do make sure to look the vehicle over very well and know exactly what you’re looking for. If you have any questions or doubts, have it inspected by a professional. If something doesn’t seem right, keep on looking as there will always be another.
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