Styled by Pininfarina of Italy, the GT Coupé version of the MGB 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.
This MGB GT comes with numerous bills dating back some 25 years testify to the fact that it has been well cared for. A desirable manual/overdrive transmission model finished in black with grey/black interior, the car has been professionally converted to proved greater luggage space in the rear, the rear seat being removed (but included in the sale). The current owner purchased the MG at Bonhams' Harrogate auction in November 2008 (Lot 609). Kept in museum storage since then, it will require re-commissioning before further use. Presented in generally good condition, 'SVV 509W' is offered with the aforementioned service invoices, expired MoT (April 2009) and Swansea V5. It should be noted that the engine has not been converted to accept unleaded fuel, a petrol additive being used instead.