c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354

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Lot 246
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 22,251) inc. premium
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute
Registration no. EFG 145C
Chassis no. 6HN355354
*Tribute to Sebring works car 'BMO 541B'
*Formerly raced in Japan
*Extensively modified
*Requires re-commissioning

Footnotes

  • Please note that the chassis number of this car is not 6HN355354, but GHN3/55354.
    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, enjoying an 18-year production life and sales totalling in excess of 500,000 units. The MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with a heavier, unitary construction bodyshell. To compensate for the newcomer's increased weight, the existing B-Series engine was stretched from 1,622 to 1,798cc, while the MGB's aerodynamically efficient lines made the most of the maximum available 95bhp to achieve a top speed which just bested the magic 'ton'. 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.

    Wonderfully redolent of the age when British production sports cars regularly and successfully contested the great endurance classics, the MGB offered here has been constructed as a tribute to the famous works car, 'BMO 541B', which competed in the Sebring 12 Hours race in 1965 carrying competitor number '49'. Entered by the British Motor Corporation and driven by Merle Brennan and Frank Morell, 'BMO' finished 25th overall and 10th in the Prototype class. The previous year that same car had competed at Le Mans in aerodynamic 'long nose' configuration where, driven by Andrew Hedges and Paddy Hopkirk, it averaged 99.9mph and finished 19th overall and 12th in the GT category, winning The Motor Trophy for the best-placed British car.

    We are advised that chassis number '55354' was exported to Japan where it was modified for racing in accordance with SCCJ regulations. It is reported that the MG competed in sports car races in Japan in the early 1990s before being placed in storage, remaining out of use for the next 20 years. The car was then discovered by the previous owner, who set about transforming it into a 'BMO' tribute. It is understood that the work was carried out in the USA, but specific details of individual components' origins and specifications are not available. Whatever the case, the car will require re-commissioning before further use.

    Accordingly, prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves with regard to this Lot's originality, correctness, and mechanical integrity prior to bidding, as it is sold as viewed. Potentially a lot of fun for next year's racing season, the car comes with a V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number of this car is not 6HN355354, but GHN3/55354.
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c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
c.1965 MGB 'Sebring' Competition Roadster Tribute  Chassis no. 6HN355354
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