The MGB was introduced in 1962 as an answer to the growing knowledge and desire of economically minded enthusiasts for a more powerful and also more comfortable sports car. Although stronger and larger than the MGA, from which it is derived, the MGB actually weighed 40 pounds less and its performance was substantially improved over previous models.
Three years later, MG introduced the MGB-GT coupe. In appearance, the MGB-GT had the same basic body as the MGB. The windshield was a bit raised to allow for a higher roofline. As such, the roof ran back in a slight curve over the doors and rear side windows, and then down into the rear quarter panels. A small hatch provided access to the rear luggage compartment while a tiny rear seat folded down to give more luggage capacity.
Although the coupe bodywork added some 270 pounds, its aerodynamics actually improved the car’s handling and top speed, while the large rear side windows and glass hatch heightened visibility. In short, the MGB-GT offered enclosed comfort with sports-car handling.
The 1967 MGB-GT coupe offered here has received a restoration conducted to the highest standards, with 25 miles driven since. The engine has been rebuilt to factory specifications using new pistons, valves, guides, springs and hardware. The fuel tank has been hot tanked, cleaned and epoxy sealed.
It has a new radiator and a completely new brake system. The suspension was completely refinished and rebuilt using new bushings, hardware and components.
The body has been stripped and repaired with new sheet metal, resealed with epoxy and then painted and color sanded. The bright trim has been restored, while the interior and headliner have been replaced with Connolly reproductions. Chrome wire wheels accent the graceful chromed bumpers.
Built before US emissions regulations began to sap the power of MG’s 1798-cc, inline four-cylinder engine, this great example provides a taste of classic British sports car tradition, while offering a worthwhile investment to the car collector.