1971 MGB Roadster  Chassis no. GHN5/239067G Engine no. M23066

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1971 MGB Roadster
Registration no. YAY 990J Chassis no. GHN5/239067G Engine no. M23066

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 10,426) inc. premium
1971 MGB Roadster
Registration no. YAY 990J
Chassis no. GHN5/239067G
Engine no. M23066

Footnotes

  • 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 MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with unitary construction bodyshell instead of its forebear's separate chassis. To compensate for the newcomer's increased weight the existing B-Series four-cylinder engine was stretched from 1,622 to 1,798cc, while the MGB's aerodynamically efficient lines made the most of the 95bhp available to achieve a top speed that just bested the magic 'ton'.
    A right-first-time design that changed little over the years apart from the adoption of a more robust five-main-bearing engine in 1965 (fitted from the start of GT production that autumn) a minor facelift for 1970 and the adoption of plastic bumpers (to comply with US legislation) for 1975, the 'B' enjoyed an 18-year production life and sales totalling in excess of 500,000 cars. Its popularity undiminished today, the classic MGB is one of the easiest sports cars of its era to run and maintain in the 21st Century, being served by a worldwide industry of spare parts and service providers.
    A desirable manual/overdrive model, this 1971 MGB roadster had already been partly rebuilt around a new Heritage bodyshell by a friend of the current owner when it was acquired by the latter in March 2007. A combination of new and reconditioned parts was used in the rebuild and the car has been fully undersealed and professionally repainted. Modifications incorporated include Lumenition electronic ignition, K&N air filters, Lockheed brake servo and Spax rear shock absorbers, while components made in stainless steel include the exhaust system, number plate backs, front wing splash plates, brake disc backs and assorted fastenings. Back on the road in April 2009, 'YAY 990J' has covered only some 330 miles since completion and is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition. Qualifying for tax-exempt licensing as an historic vehicle, the car is taxed and MoT'd to April 2012 and offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
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1971 MGB Roadster  Chassis no. GHN5/239067G Engine no. M23066
1971 MGB Roadster  Chassis no. GHN5/239067G Engine no. M23066
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