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Lot 373: MG B Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

Conceived in the late 1950s and launched in 1962, the MGB would turn out to be one of the most successful sports cars of all time. Attractively styled, cheap to run and easily maintained by the home mechanic, the 'B' carried on MG's traditional role of providing affordable, sports car motoring for the ordinary enthusiast. The MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with unitary-construction bodyshell instead of its forebear's separate chassis. To compensate for the newcomer's increased weight, the existing B-Series four-cylinder engine was stretched to 1,798cc while the MGB's aerodynamically efficient lines made the most of the 95bhp available to achieve a top speed which just bested the magic 'ton'. The MGB's popularity remains undiminished today, one of the major factors being the continuing availability of spare parts and expertise, making it one of the easiest of classic sports cars to run and maintain. This MGB roadster was purchased by the current (lady) owner in 1999 and restored last year. The history file contains many receipts for parts purchased from specialist supplier Moss Europe Ltd, though there are none for work carried out. Parts purchased include new wings, a new crankshaft and new main/big-end bearings, etc. Finished in red with black leather interior, the car is offered with expired and current MoT certificates.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
Lot Number373
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3450
Condition rating
Registration numberNAM 98G
Chassis numberGHN/1571736
Engine number18V582FH34
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2