1969 • MG MGB GT
Languages FR, GB, IT
Location of the lot Monaco, Monaco
Bullet point Rally-prepared and reliable, eligible for many historical events
and also Traces of use already present allowing for unrestricted use and enjoyment
Engine capacity1800 cc
Number of cylinders4
Number of gears 4 + overdrive
Estimate €12,000 - 16,000
Fans of the sixties will remember the 'little MG' that Richard Anthony made into a symbol of the New Wave in 1960. The singer was referring to the MGA, but the most popular of all the roadsters produced by Morris Garages was undoubtedly the MGB that succeeded it in 1962. With more than 500,000 cars produced at the Abingdon factory, the MGB remained the world's most produced small sports car for a long time, before being dethroned by a certain MX-5. Like the MGA, the MGB was first offered as a roadster and then as a GT coupe from 1965. More modern than the MGA, thanks to its body-chassis unit, the MGB shone not only on the road but also in competition, notably at the Monte Carlo Rally where it finished seventeenth overall and first in its class (2 litres) in 1964, as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished eleventh overall and second in its class in 1965. This impressive record of achievement now gives it access to many events reserved for the glories of the past, such as Le Mans Classic and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique.
This was not lost on the current owner of this MGB GT MKII who, five months after purchasing it, entered it in the London to Beijing Rally where it won its class and finished ninth overall, a testament to its mechanical health. This car came off the production line in 1969. It was first put on the road in Switzerland, where the seller bought it second hand in January 2000 and registered it in his name. In 2012, he decided to officially move his MGB to Monaco. A new registration certificate was therefore issued, in the collection class and still in his name. It is now completed by an identity card from the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA). In 1999, a year before he bought it, the car had been completely restored by the Geneva specialist Garage Classics. The owner has no documents relating to the history of this MGB GT, nor its owner's manual. However, he specifies that he has owned the car for 21 years, during which time he has driven some 36000 kilometres out of the 151333 that he certifies today. He adds that it is free of any lien.
The bodywork retains its original Old White English livery, but was completely repainted in 2014. On this occasion, the sills and parts of the underbody were restored. A protective aluminium sheet has been fitted to the rear of the car as a protection from the bad roads used during rallies. Holes in the bonnet and front bumper, as well as the external master switch (photo 47) are further evidence of the car's involvement in competition. Traces of glue are visible on the outline of the MGB GT badge at the rear. A front bumperette is dented (photo 26). The correct steel rims are fitted with Uniroyal C50 tyres in 175R14, instead of the original 165R14. The right front rim is marked (photo 78). The car is equipped with a spare wheel. A set of four rims with snow tyres is supplied as an extra.
A racing atmosphere is also present inside the little British coupe. This is reflected in the fitting of wide, comfortable bucket seats for long stages, three-point safety harnesses and a small three-spoke Momo leather steering wheel. The dashboard has been redesigned for regularity rallies, with the lower section now featuring a plate with additional indicators and switches. The rear seats have been eliminated in order to reduce weight. The interior side trim around the rear wheel arches and the carpeting at the passenger's feet have disappeared, leaving the sheet metal visible. The clock works. The plastic covering of the passenger door handle is cut in places (photo 124).
The owner states that this MGB GT's long-stroke 1.8-litre, five-bearing, 4-cylinder engine is "matching numbers", i.e. it is the original engine, but does not have a certificate to confirm it. It should be noted that this second generation MGB is equipped with a 4-speed synchronised gearbox plus overdrive. The owner reports no major work on the engine or transmission under his ownership. Regular maintenance has been carried out. The last general overhaul by Garage Classics was in May 2022, with invoice available.
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