1966 MG MGB GT
1966 MG MGB GT
The MGB is built to a simple, sensible formula and with simple, sensible technology, even for its time: The two-seater body, designed from the ground up as a no-roof roadster, (not chopped-down from a contemporary sedan, such as the Morris Minor convertible), features quite deep and wide sills for good length-ways and twisting stiffness and during design, there was attention paid to the 1960s emerging technology of crash safety too, with an energy absorbing crush zones designed into the nose of the car.
For consignment, not to be outdone by the Triumph GT6, we offer up the MG version of the 3-door hardtop coupe, the MGB GT. Sporting leather seating, and a rear storage area as well as offering up 2 plus 2 seating, and red paint this car shows a beautiful line and has added space. Yes, it's still a sports car!
Bathed in red, the paint is all very nice, no inclusions, very deep, and no rust seen. Straight body lines, and that wonderful sloping rear hatchback if you will, MG has added an extra window to the sides for the rear bench. A longer rear quarter panel makes more room for the rear storage area, and a slightly larger car overall in length. All chrome and badging is very nice and all has a mirror-like finish and lines up perfectly on the side trimmings. The same front fenders, grille, and rear taillights are used as the MGB. 14-inch wire wheels with knockoff hubs are shining on all 4 corners.
It just doesn't get any better than a wonderful mixture of jet black leather and some black accenting for the interior surfaces. Door panels are beautiful with black leather broken up by red horizontal piping, and a black wrapped padded sill. Handles have also been blackened and shiny escutcheons remain. The seats which all are beautifully preserved are wrapped in more black leather and have plenty of red piping delineating each panel of the front buckets and rear fender fitted low back bench. A nice texture of the leather has folds from light usage, but definitely no fading or wear to make note of. Pristine black carpet lines the floors and thresholds as well as the center hump. In this hump is the small short lever which has a wood topper and a chromed MG octagonal badge. The original dash is nicely padded and has all the correct gauges and toggles as well as a wood rimmed drilled 3 chromed spoke steering wheel, all neatly buttoned up in the front of the car. The rear cargo area is carpeted with matching black and shows very clean and not worn. A white nice felted headliner floats seamlessly and tight above the passenger compartment. A plus for this interior.
Within the restored newly painted and detailed engine bay resides an 1800cc inline 4-cylinder that sports dual SU HS4 carbs on the side to feed it, and a 4-speed manual transmission on back. To drive the rear wheels a 3.90 rear axle is noted. The consignor has upgraded the ignition to an electronic Pertronix, a new starter is on, and the carbs were rebuilt in 2016. Have to give a shout out to the entire engine bay as it has been meticulously restored on all surfaces and presents as showroom.
With virtually no rust, we note a very sturdy unibody undercarriage. New front suspension bushings, U joints for the rack and pinion steering. For a smooth ride this car utilizes front independent coil springs and rear leaf springs. A nice stainless steel exhaust snakes its way rearward from the engine. Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes have calipers that look like new, and drums that show no rust.
This writer with my asphyxiation for British sports cars, had to have some seat time in this interesting and rarely seen MG. I was totally satisfied with all operations of the car, starting quickly, running smoothly, and just a very nice tool around several laps of the test track. Definitely more upscale than the GT6, and comparable power with its increased engine size. The consigner states that the tachometer reads 500 rpm fast, but I could not tell!
Overall a great example of the MG MGB GT, with its beautifully restored engine and bay, fantastic black leather with red piping interior, and extra storage to boot, and yes, it is in the boot! It also was fun to use my boot generously to do my test drive, a simply smashing driver, and the wire wheels with knockoff hubs are in keeping with the Brit sports car tradition and keeping a smile on my face. Cheerio!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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