1978 MG MGB GT
Lot 587
1978 MGB GT Coupé Chassis no. GHD5-461350G Engine no. 22713
Sold for £2,415 (US$ 4,059) inc. premium
Lot Details
1978 MGB GT Coupé
Registration no. RKC 731T
Chassis no. GHD5-461350G
Engine no. 22713


  • 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 popularity of factory hardtops for its MGA predecessor and the success of the Coupé variant influenced the decision to produce a closed version of the MGB that would provide the increased practicality and refinement being demanded by the maturing sportscar market. Styled by Pininfarina of Italy, the MGB GT Coupé arrived in 1965 to be greeted by universal acclaim. The adoption of a stylish fastback bodyshell enabled the provision of two occasional rear seats which, when folded flat, created a generous load platform accessible via the rear tailgate. The more robust five-bearing B-Series engine was fitted to the GT right from the start, and when the Abingdon production lines finally stopped rolling, over 125,000 MGB GTs had been built. The popularity of the MGB - both the Coupé and Roadster versions - remains undiminished, 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.

    A desirable manual/overdrive model, this MGB GT was purchased for the current owner's wife and treated to a comprehensive restoration, which was completed in 2002 at a cost of more than £6,000 (invoices and photographic record on file). Modifications incorporated include a 'Stage 2' engine tune, Piper Magnum camshaft and leather seats (originals available from vendor). Circa 1989 a previous owner had fitted a new odometer, which currently reads 9,104 miles, some 2,000 of which have been covered since the rebuild. Finished in Brooklands Green with black leather interior, 'RKC 731T' has seen only limited use over the last few years and is described as in generally good condition. The car is offered with the aforementioned restoration records, current MoT and Swansea V5 document.
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