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1966 MG MGB Roadster

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  • Mileage~13,300
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.8L
  • LocationNeath

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1966 MG MGB Roadster

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Introduction

Matt Nolan
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The archetypal British sports car - tough, fun and timeless. The MGB Roadster is a remarkable car that offers trouble-free classic motoring.

Introduced to the world in '62 and produced until 1980, the soft-top sports car formula of the MGB stayed relatively simple throughout. A B-series engine now produced 95bhp at 5400rpm a big step up from its predecessor. It's good looks, honest charm and simple mechanics made it hugely successful - it shortly became Britain's best-selling sports car.

Coming from 24 years of ownership, this example finished in a traditional and popular red paint is what many of us think of when we reminisce on classic British cars of days gone by.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matt after meeting Clive the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Coming out of 24 years of ownership, Clive has enjoyed using and keeping this classic roadster on the road.

Clive purchased this MG MGB Roadster back in 1996, and since then has covered some ~800 miles a year in it. When he first bought the car, it was a running restoration project, and in 2000 he removed the engine and completely rebuilt it (~12,000 miles ago).

Due to lack of use and a house moving coming up, Clive has decided to sell. He has the car MOT'd almost every year as you'll see in the paperwork. He's done a lot of work on the car himself over the years and really knows this car inside and so if you have any questions he'd be more than happy to answer them in the comments below.

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Exterior

Britian's best-selling sports car from the swinging sixties, finished in a popular red paint and finished with classic chrome trim.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with period-correct painted wire wheels they look great and free from any curbing or marks. The premium branded tyres on the car look good all-round, with plenty of tread still left on them.

Please take a look at the exterior photos for an extensive view of the wheels.

Bodywork

The bodywork looks great on this MGB. Shut lines all looking good from a car from the 60's. The car had an external restoration in 2005 that Clive actioned.

We noticed some very minor surface rust on the front doors when we visited, and Clive has mentioned that the bottom of the nearside wing shows signs of corrosion. With this being an older restoration, please take a look at the exterior videos for a 360° detailed tour of the bodywork on this car.

Paint

Clive had the MGB resprayed in 2005 when the external restoration was completed, it looks great in this vibrant and eye-catching red which combines beautifully with the black vinyl interior.

The paint looks even in colour and coat across all the panels, the only place we noticed a little blooming was on the n/s/f wing and bonnet. Overall aBritish classic you can use and improve on.

Glass and Trim

The Glass on this car looks great for its age. We love the convertible roof for those summer days. It's a pack-away style, so was left up during our visit.

The chrome trim around the car looks excellent too - if we are being really picky we noticed a little pitting which would come out really nice from a polish. Please view the images and photos to appreciate this MGB.

Interior

Black vinyl seats and dash, contrast red pipping. The MGB Roadster's cabin is accommodating, functional and hard-wearing.

Seats and Carpets

The black sporty seats on the MGB look great. The red piping gives them a sporty look.

The black carpets also look good for their age. The carpets and headlining would benefit from an interior valet, overall a lovely example. Please view the images and videos for a look at the interior.

Dashboard

This black dashboard, with chrome bezels and sharp dials, look great on the roadster.

All the units are clean, clear and sharp and no cracks were found. Please take a look at the images for a closer look.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

We love to see the classic MG steering wheel and gear stick too. Both in excellent condition for their age. The steering wheel with its thin grip and spokes, it's unique but works so well.

Mechanics

A delight to drive with power a pedal press away, thanks to it's upgraded 1.8 B-series engine and four speed gearbox.

Engine and Gearbox

When Clive bought this fine example back in 1996 it was a running restoration project. In 2000, he got to work removing the engine and completely rebuilding it (~12,000 miles ago).

Clive assures us that the engine is running very well and smoothly just as it should. Please view the MG MGB cold start video, where we start the car cold, show around the engine bay, underneath the car, and also follow it from behind on the road.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension in the MGB was much softer than it's predecessor, combined with the overdrive this car offers a very smooth ride.

Clive told us there was a minor advisory on the recent MOT from the rear shock absorber leak. As you can see from the cold start video, the car glides down the country roads without a worry. Clive lets us know that the car drives just as it should and stops on demand too.

The Drive

The MG MGB leans more toward the grand touring side of sports cars. More space for luggage was offered and softer suspension gives you a beautiful ride.

The car was successful in many international road competitions, scoring a Grand Touring category victory in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally.

Clive really enjoys driving this car, he will only take it out in the summer on dry days. "Even though I've only covered around 12,000 in the last 20 years I've had a lot of fun in it, this car definitely gives you a lot of smiles per miles." reports Clive.

Electrics and Other

During the restoration stage, Clive installed an electric ignition, which provides reliable start ups every time. Please view the images for an extensive tour.

History and Paperwork

Coming out of 24 years of ownership, this car has had some significant work completed as well as being enjoyed over the year. A great base to enjoy and improve upon.

The MGB comes with its original "buff" log book and combined with its desirable colour combination and condition this example is ready for a new home to enjoy the car as much as Clive has.

Clive is selling the car with its black hardtop and tonneau cover which are both in good condition.

We have actioned our usual checks;
- Photo ID
- V5C
- HPi clear

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.11.2020 MOT 13,280
03.12.2018 MOT 12,190
28.11.2017 MOT 11,278
09.03.2017 MOT 10,290
09.03.2016 MOT 8,838
28.04.2015 MOT 8,119
13.05.2014 MOT 7,809
25.04.2013 MOT 7,397
25.04.2012 MOT 7,090
20.04.2011 MOT 6,499
08.04.2010 MOT 5,978
06.05.2009 MOT 5,767
01.04.2008 MOT 4,951
06.02.2007 MOT 4,700
01.06.2006 MOT 4,080
Key Details
  • ModelMGB Roadster
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date02.05.1966
  • CC1,798
  • Mileage~13,300
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #GHN386585
  • Engine #41013
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOTYes. Exp - 22.11.2021
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned24 years
  • Key FeatureClassic British MG







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mittcoli
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mittcoli

Has this sold ?

Kulraj Salh
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Hi, yes indeed, sold to the highest bidder. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£7,350 bid by RobGrant 11.12.2020 @ 20:00:38
£7,100 bid by DaveT 11.12.2020 @ 19:40:04
£6,750 bid by RobGrant 10.12.2020 @ 22:39:15
£6,500 bid by clarkestevenuk@yahoo.com 10.12.2020 @ 22:24:18
£6,000 bid by RobGrant 10.12.2020 @ 17:11:33
£5,750 bid by umbisingh 10.12.2020 @ 17:08:35
£5,500 bid by Dicky300 10.12.2020 @ 13:53:16
£5,000 bid by RobGrant 10.12.2020 @ 12:45:47
DaveT
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DaveT

Was the cylinder head converted to unleaded when the engine was overhauled?

Clive Hopkins
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Clive Hopkins

No not converted

£4,500 bid by Woz 08.12.2020 @ 09:39:28
£4,150 bid by quinny 07.12.2020 @ 19:12:53
£3,500 bid by Woz 07.12.2020 @ 12:33:25
melvyn dodridge
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melvyn dodridge

Does the MG have the pack away hood that you take off or the later one that folds down behind the seats

Kulraj Salh
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Hi Melvyn, it’s the pack-away style one on this car. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

melvyn dodridge
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melvyn dodridge

Can you check the front of the NS sill as it looks to be holed/cracked near the bottom.
Also the OS jacking point looks corroded through in places.
Thanks

£3,000 bid by SteveMatthews 04.12.2020 @ 18:57:06
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