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Lot 050: MG B GT V8

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (26 September 2012)

In 1973 British Leyland launched the MGB GT V8. So impressed were they with the work of Ken Costello who had shoe-horned a Rover V8 into his MGB, that the firm took the view that it was too good an opportunity to pass up. This new MGB variant offered true 'Q' car characteristics, a combination of understated looks and startling performance. They were slightly wrong-footed as they quickly became concerned about the effect the car may have on the sales of the Triumph Stag, a car which offered less performance - even if the V8 MGB was only ever offered in fixed head form. Distinguished from its 4-cylinder counterpart by the front and rear 'V8' badges and unique road wheels, it was relatively expensive compared to its rivals at the time and so production levels were low with just 2,591 examples leaving the production line before production ended in 1976. At the heart of the car was the trusty, Buick-designed Rover V8 as used in the then current Rover P6 range. The 3,528cc unit produced plenty of torque and powered the car to a heady 125mph, the 0-60 dash coming up in just 7.7 secs, whilst an overdrive gave very relaxed high speed cruising. This 1973 example has been in its current ownership for the last 24 years during which time it has covered only around 1,000 miles. When purchased all those years ago it had a nasty rattle from the engine and so a genuine brand new short motor was purchased and fitted. An MOT dated 1994 shows a mileage of 88,872, the odometer showing just 89,000 miles today. The vendor has recently fitted a new exhaust (a genuine NOS Unipart item) and had the outer sills replaced in 2007, re-fitting the extra chrome sill covers that came with the car. The only other non-standard part is the front bib spoiler - so popular in period. He reports that the overdrive is currently not working which he puts down to lack of use and the rev counter does not function properly either. A workshop manual accompanies the car, whilst it retains its original alloy wheels and has been fitted with a full length Webasto roof with the all-important wind deflector. MOTd until July 2013, this is a nice unmolested example, with a comprehensive history, new short engine which is barely run in and a genuine chrome bumper example to boot. What are you waiting for?

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number050
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5200
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1973
Condition rating
Registration numberUPA 999M
Mileage-
Chassis numberGD2D1677G
Engine number5581CR
Engine capacity (cc)3528
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors