Registration no. LEG 20P Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
'Effective combination of proven MGB GT and superb Rover 3500 V8. Good performance with remarkable economy. Smooth fuss-free engine with good torque but little engine noise.' Autocar. MG enthusiasts have Kent-based engineer Ken Costello to thank for the existence of the V8-engined MGB. In 1970 Costello began selling cars converted to take the 3.5-litre Rover V8, their favourable reception prompting British Leyland to follow suit. The inner wheelarches and front bulkhead were altered to accommodate the V8 unit, which was set well back giving virtually the ideal '50/50' weight distribution. As the aluminium-alloy V8 weighed only a few pounds more than the cast-iron four it replaced, little re-engineering of the existing suspension was called for. Both transmission and brakes were up-rated though, the original gearbox being swapped for a modified MGC manual-plus-overdrive unit, and thicker, larger-diameter front discs fitted. A Lockheed brake servo was now standard equipment and the V8 model was easily distinguishable from the ordinary 'B' by virtue of its stylish Dunlop wheels.
Considerably quicker than the four-cylinder model, the V8 could reach 60mph in around eight seconds and had a top speed of 125mph, respectable figures even today. Introduced in August 1973 and built only in GT form, the MGB V8 was supplied exclusively to the UK market. A total of just 2,591 cars was manufactured before the model was withdrawn in 1976, making the MGB V8 one of the rarest and most sought-after of post-war MGs.
Restored many years ago, this MGB GT V8 has not been run since a collision inflicted minor damage on the near-side front corner bodywork approximately three years ago. The vendor advises us that 'LEG 20P' was in generally good condition in all respects before being taken out of use. The car is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.