The MGB is a two-door sports car manufactured and marketed from 1962 until 1980 by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), later the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland, as a four-cylinder, soft-top sports car. It was announced and its details first published on 19 September 1962. Replacing the MGA in 1962, production of the MGB and its variants continued until 1980. Sales for the MGB, MGC and MGB GT V8 combined totaled 523,836 cars. After a 12-year hiatus, the MGB re-entered production as the heavily modified MG RV8 with a limited run of 2,000 cars before finally being replaced in 1995 by the MG F.
Development of the MGB started at least as early as 1958 with the prototype known by its Abingdon codename; MG EX205. In structure the car was a progressive, modern design in 1962, using a unitarystructure, instead of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on both the MGA and MG T-types and the MGB’s rival, the Triumph TR series. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph (48 km/h) impact with an immovable barrier (200 ton).
The roadster was the first of the MGB range to be produced. The body was a pure two-seater; a small rear seat was a rare option at one point. By making better use of space the MGB was able to offer more passenger and luggage accommodation than the earlier MGA while being 3 in (76 mm) shorter overall. The suspension was also softer, giving a smoother ride, and the larger engine gave a slightly higher top speed. The four-speed gearbox was an uprated version of the one used in the MGA with an optional (electrically activated) overdrive transmission.
The example which we are presenting here today is a mk1 LHD Overdrive model produced in 1963. She is finished in a lovely shade of British Racing Green with a classic tan interior. The way it should be with classic British roadsters. As her previous owner was a mechanic who had the car for almost 10 years, he made sure that he had a great driving car. This MGB Roadster has been mechanically upgraded as well with electronic ignition, electronic fan for better cooling, K&N airfilters, external oil cooler for extra performance, etc. To complete the look, chrome wire wheels were installed.
As he was a mechanic all of his time and love was spent on the mechanicals, hence why the body is in honest condition with a few tiny areas that need some TLC to get it perfect. Inside you will find a clean interior with a comfortable and used feeling. The weathered dashboard isn’t concours-level but complements the rest of the car nicely. The seats are comfortable and in good condition, as well as the foam.
As a Belgian registered classic car, she can be easily re-registered. Whether you’re an experienced classic car enthusiast or just starting to explore the world of vintage automobiles, she is an excellent choice.
In summary, this 1963 MGB Roadster is an honest and mechanically well-maintained classic sports car that is sure to provide many years of driving pleasure. Don’t miss your chance to own her and experience the thrill of driving a truly wonderful piece of automotive history. Contact us today to schedule a test drive and see for yourself. You might fall in love…
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