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Lot 07: MG B Roadster

Fine Collectors' Cars, H&H Sales Limited (22 July 2009)

Replacement for the much loved and still competitive MGA, the 1962 launched MGB took the concept a stage further by adding a degree of comfort and refinement to the good performance and handling characteristics which had made the MGA so popular. Of unitary construction unlike its predecessor, the MGB was powered by the 1798cc B-Series unit producing 95 bhp giving very spritely performance of 0-60 in around 11.5 seconds and a top speed of over 100mph. Also featuring front disc brakes and luxuries such as wind-up windows (although a heater was still listed as an optional extra at �6), the MGB now came close to matching the comfort offered by its major market competitor the Sunbeam Alpine, whilst offering much stronger performance and better handling characteristics. Early development saw the introduction of a much more robust 5-bearing engine in September 1964 and a larger 12 gallon fuel tank in March 1965. The MGB was to go on to be one of the most successful sports cars ever with an 18 year production run and was particularly popular in the US market. The 1967 example for sale here today was acquired by the vendor as a birthday present for his late wife in May 2007. During the current ownership the car has reportedly "covered less than 1,000 miles, always been garaged and was last fully serviced in 2008". The Roadster's known history only stretches back as far as its previous keeper, Mr Ford. A MG Car Club member, the latter gentleman apparently used the two-seater on a long Continental holiday in 2005; preparations for which included the fitting of four new tyres and an alarm system. Deeming the engine, four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox, electrical equipment and bodywork to be in "good" condition, the seller adds that the paintwork and interior trim are presentable but show signs of "minor use / stone chips" and "minor wear" respectively. While, he goes on to say "apart from the visibly obvious minor issues there are no known faults". Riding on wire wheels, this tempting MG B Roadster is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until May 2010 and historic class (free) road tax until April 2010.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Collectors' Cars
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
TypeCar
Lot Number07
Estimate£5000-£6000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6270
Year1967
Condition rating0
Registration numberLHU570E
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHN3107360
Engine number18GBRUH10917
Engine capacity (cc)1798
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2