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Lot 207: MG B Roadster

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

When the MGA had been announced in 1955, it had set new standards for MG in terms of performance and styling, but by the beginning of the 1960's it had become slightly out-dated. Sports car design had moved up a gear, particularly in terms of comfort and the prospective sports car buyer was demanding more sophistication than the MGA was able to deliver. For MG's sake, the replacement needed to offer better performance and a greater degree of comfort. History has now shown that the new car did have these features, for it was the venerable MGB, a car which was to sell over five times the numbers of MGA. Like the Austin-Healey Sprite and later the MG Midget, the MGB was to be of unitary construction which brought a number of advantages. The design of the body was such that the individual panels when welded together, produced box-like structures of immense strength. The engine and transmission came directly from the MGA, but the b-series engine had been increased in capacity to 1789cc, which resulted in 94bhp, and a diaphragm clutch was used between the engine and transmission. As standard, the car was supplied with bolt-on steel disc wheels, similar to those of the MGA but of a slightly smaller diameter. The MGB was extremely well received by the press who were fulsome in their praise of the new car, which was capable of exceeding 100mph without any fuss. Performance handling and economy were all of a high standard for the time, which resulted in a thoroughly reliable sports car that was a joy to drive. It found a ready market, particularly in the USA. This delightful example has just been completed from a no expense spared restoration by a Belgian marque specialist. The restoration included all mechanical parts as well as a bare metal re-spray, new interior as well as a new hood, all at a cost of some 20,000 Euros. This very special MG B is a testament to the quality work of the restorer and should definitely not be confused with the average. Offered with Belgian registration documents, this is an MG for the enthusiast and should not be confused with lesser offerings. Dieser MG B Roadster sollte nicht mit gewöhnlichen Modellen verwechselt werden. Erst kürzlich wurde er einer umfangreichen Restaurierung unterzogen, bei der sowohl die Technik als auch Karrosserie, Lack, Verdeck und das Interieur erneuert wurden. Diese Arbeiten führte ein belgischer MG Spezialist durch, die Rechnung betrug stolze 20.000 Euro! Sicherlich eine interessantes Angebot für den Sammler.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number207
Estimate€17000-€25000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
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Chassis numberOBT339
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Number of doors2