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1975 MG MGB GT

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£5,000

  • Mileage~64,000
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.8L
  • LocationLeatherhead

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1975 MG MGB GT

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Introduction

Alan Stuart
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Britain's most popular sports car, the MGB offers performance, honest charm and mechanical simplicity.

There are many reasons why the MGB is so popular, perhaps it's the hardy mechanics that still come with performance not to be sniffed at for a classic like this. Not only is the MGB GT incredibly fun to drive, they look great with their sleek and attractive body lines. The MGB was first introduced to the world in 1962 and was produced until 1980. Not many cars offer the same practicality and parts availability today with an estimated 23,000 still on UK roads, they may not be particularly exclusive, but the Pininfarina-styled cars still provide that authentic classic car experience.

This early rubber bumper example has had a conversion to chrome bumpers and comes to market from ~6 years ownership. It's had some useful upgrades actioned like gas struts on the rear and the suspension overhauled. The car has just had an MOT actioned for peace of mind, coming back clean as a whistle. The vendor informs us that the car has also had a recent service which included an ignition service to help ensure the car starts on the button every time.

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

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Meet the owner

Working on this MGB to give it a more classic look has been a lot of fun.

Graham purchased this B GT back in 2016, it was the perfect candidate for a chrome bumper conversion what with it being one of the first rubber bumper models. The intention was to make it almost indistinguishable from the cars that would have been sold a year before.

He was also hoping to complete a V8 conversion, but circumstances have changed recently and the car is coming to market. In addition to the cosmetic changes to the exterior, the original interior has been refreshed and the suspension on the car overhauled, along with regular routine maintenance and servicing. Graham will be happy to answer any questions on the car in the comments section below.

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Exterior

Pininfarina penned the hatchback design, some would argue that the B GT was the first hot-hatch!

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with the factory Rostyle wheels, they present in good condition all round. There are some small signs of surface corrosion as pictured in some places, something a bit of elbow grease should be able to improve.

The car is fitted with GT Radial tyres, these appear in good condition with nothing noted on the recent MOT. View the image gallery for a closer view.

Bodywork

The GT with its hatchback style actually came later than the roadster, it was penned by the Italian design house Pininfarina, the "greenhouse" design with use of extensive glass was widely appreciated.

This particular car looks in good condition, helped by the fact that it's been dry stored in a garage in current ownership. The panel gaps and shut-lines look as you would expect from an MG from the 70's, not perfect but all doors etc opening and closing as they should. It's worth noting that we did spot some surface corrosion to the leading edges of some panels like the bonnet, the underside looks solid and nothing was flagged in the recent MOT.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves.

Paint

Finished in a rarely seen "Tundra Green", it's a very period colour and we think a welcome change to the "British Racing Green" you often see MGBs in. The finish on the paint is even in colour and texture across all the panels. This is a car from the 70s though, so as pictured in the bright sun, swirl marks are present that come with age.

Two small areas to note as pictured are a small imperfection in-front of the off-side headlight, an imperfection behind the near-side headlight and the areas of surface corrosion mentioned on the bonnet. Again, please take time to review all the images and videos showing the paint from different angles and reflections, to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

Converted from rubber bumper to beautiful chrome bumpers, we think this is arguably the best look on the GT. The front grill with "Beehive" mesh and overriders on the front look in excellent condition.

The glass on this car also looks in very good condition. View the image gallery and video review to see the detail.

Interior

A period velour interior, smartly restored to retain originality and ensure continued comfort in use.

Seats and Carpets

Covered in a tan velour, the interior on this MGB is said to be identical to the late chrome bumper models, and it has been refurbished with a focus on practicality. The front seats have seen new foams, stiffeners and diaphragms. They now present and are very good to use and enjoy when out on the road.

The carpets all look in good condition on this car too, older items that haven't been replaced but are not overly worn down. View the picture gallery to see the condition.

Dashboard

A period MGB GT interior, part of the appeal of this particular car was how it matches earlier cars making it an ideal candidate for a backdate to chrome bumpers.

The dashboard presents in good condition, no warps etc to the top. On the fascia, there is some wear/marks around some of the dials as pictured. Watch the interior review video to see the detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Fitted with the smart MG steering wheel and gearstick with black trim, both items appear in good condition. They haven't been restored, and the wear looks less that you'd expect for a car of this age.

Mechanics

Powered by the ubiquitous B series engine with tried and tested drivetrain, a recent service and ignition overhaul ensures this car still sings.

Engine and Gearbox

Producing ~95BHP when it left the factory, these engines gave the car enough power for some more spirited driving. As mentioned, at 64,000 miles the car has had a fresh service and the points, HT leads, rotor arm/cap, spark plugs and condenser all renewed.

Watch the video review to see the car start from cold without issue, idle, and also on the road with Graham putting the car through its paces and through the gears without issue.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension on this car has seen attention in the current ownership, the rear running gas struts as well as leaf springs being upgraded. The front axle and suspension has also seen work as detailed in the paperwork. In addition to this the brake system was overhauled in the current ownership with new discs and drums all round, and servo too.

The Drive

A proper British classic, these GTs bring back fond memories of a bygone era when you see them on the road today. With some sensible upgrades actioned on this car, it makes it all the more usable for GT style driving.

Electrics and Other

Along with the aforementioned ignition overhaul, the car has seen a new fuel pump and starter motor in the current ownership. Graham assures us that everything on the car works as it should do to his knowledge.

History and Paperwork

Presented in a rare Tundra Green colour, this early rubber bumper car that's been backdated to chrome bumpers comes to market from ~6 years ownership and just 5 former keepers.

Bought as an ideal candidate for a backdate to the chrome, Graham originally wanted to convert the car to be a V8 too, and did some of the work for that. Circumstances have changed though, and so he's decided to bring the car to market. It comes with a clean MOT, actioned for peace of mind, the car being correctly registered as "Historic" with the DVLA and so being MOT and road tax exempt. It has had a recent service and ignition overhaul, as well as other maintenance in the current ownership to help ensure reliable smooth running.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
21.06.2022 MOT 64,183
06.02.2017 MOT 64,014
04.02.2016 MOT 63,164
28.04.2014 MOT 62,574
29.04.2013 MOT 61,479
03.04.2012 MOT 60,912
30.04.2011 MOT 60,662
Key Details
  • ModelMGB GT
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date05.09.1975
  • CC1,798
  • Mileage~64,000
  • ColourTundra Green
  • Interior ColourTan
  • Interior TrimVelour
  • Chassis #GHD5-369019G
  • Engine #1653
  • MOT20.06.2023
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • Tyre BrandGT Radial
  • # of Keys2
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~6 years
  • Key FeatureCondition, chrome bumper backdate
  • Auction ID459406







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KennyK
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KennyK

Sorry, silly question bout the MOTs. Seen them in the gallery now.
KennyK

KennyK
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KennyK

Hi Graham, does the car have overdrive and is that working OK? And also, in the six years you owned it, have you carried out any bodywork repairs (eg sills or other panels?) and has it had regular MOTs?
Best wishes
KennyK

jwebber
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jwebber

Hi,
Does the car run on the current E10 unleaded petrol? Cheers

gtr4444
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gtr4444

Thanks Graham

gtr4444
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gtr4444

Does the car have a heritage certificate?
When was the car last restored?
Is the tundra green the original colour

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