I’ll admit, MGBs aren’t usually my factor – and Midgets even much less so. I do know they’ve a powerful following they usually’re a terrific British sports activities automobile. Every to their very own ‘n’ all that, however, I don’t know? They all the time shout, “I actually needed an E-Kind or Healey” to me. ‘Correct’ vehicles, in different phrases. Ones that I can slot in, too: it does not assist the MG’s trigger that they do not are available in my measurement. And if you’re going the MGB route, then clearly what you need is an early chrome-bumper model, which even I’ll admit is a really prettily proportioned machine. Albeit one that also seems prefer it’s been shrunk within the wash if you rise up shut. However we are able to all agree that the Americanised rubber-bumper fashions are a particular no-no, can’t we? Besides…
I used to be ‘thumbing’ by way of the PH classifieds, as I are inclined to do on a Monday morning, and this form of jumped out at me. And check out as I would to shove it again forcefully into my laptop computer display screen, I couldn’t. So I clicked on the advert and, effectively, fell just a little bit in love. And felt compelled to jot down about it. It fascinates me on a number of ranges. For a begin, there’s the color. I actually love a bronze automobile. Don’t ask me why. Name it a proclivity or perhaps a perversion, however I’m drawn instantly to something within the form of brown hue that the majority sane folks appear to despise. Not me, although.
This color is simply fabulous. I’ve spent some time attempting to find what it’s known as, however, as all the time with the Web, it has tons and many solutions, and all of them completely different. Different information, as Donald J. Trump would say. After making my mind harm looking, I believe it’s known as merely Bronze Metallic, however I’m completely satisfied to be corrected? And when it got here to this MGB Restricted Version model – the final to be produced at Abingdon earlier than the manufacturing facility shut its gates in 1980 – it was both this coopery, burnt-orange for the Roadster, or Pewter Metallic for those who opted for the GT. That appears moderately splendid, too.
I additionally love the GKN alloys. I do know that is an 80s automobile, however solely simply, and people five-spokes are as 70s as fats flares and lengthy hair. As are the aspect stripes, full with Union Flags, that are an pointless but innocent slice of jingoism on automobile that couldn’t be extra British if it had been a bowler hat. Then there’s this automobile’s situation, which seems to be as new. The wheels are new, apparently, however studying the advert the remainder of its pristine situation seems to be the results of low mileage (simply 18,000 on the odometer) and cautious custodianship. Are you able to discover a mark on the outside or an undesirable crease on that black leather-based? I can’t.
The identical is true beneath the bonnet. The 1.8-litre pushrod B-Sequence engine won’t be probably the most thrilling energy supply ever produced (particularly not when there was a Rover V8 obtainable) nevertheless it’s respiration by way of a pair of SUs with aftermarket free-flowing filters to spice it up. And I see a Revotec fan change there, too, so it shouldn’t battle to maintain cool in the summertime warmth, both. Judging by the cleanliness of the gaskets on present it’s had different latest work as effectively.
Right here’s one other factor. So usually the feedback listed here are suffering from reprisals about worth – as within the now commonplace, extremely inflated selection. Effectively, this isn’t the most affordable rubber-bumpered MGB on the market, nevertheless it’s not outlandishly stickered, by any means. Contemplating the mileage, situation, and the truth that it’s a uncommon restricted version – 421 Roadsters had been made and 579 GTs – it doesn’t seem like a ‘consider a quantity and double it’ form of a automobile in any respect. Or am I lacking one thing? To be trustworthy, it’s so universally agreeable, it’s managed to get me all fired up about MGBs. It won’t have large energy beneath the bonnet, then, nevertheless it has the facility to vary minds. That’s fairly one thing.
Specification | MGB Roadster Restricted Version
Engine: 1,798cc, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated
Transmission: four-speed handbook, rear-wheel drive
Energy (hp): 98 @ 5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 105 @ 2,500rpm
First registered: 1981
Recorded mileage: 18,000
Value new: £6,445
Yours for: £14,900