An extremely rare European specification LHD MGB Roadster

Price: SOLD
  • Sold in: Germany
  • Year: 1970
  • Mileage : 97476 kilometers
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An extremely rare European specification LHD MGB Roadster

HISTORY FILE –  Heritage Trust UK have confirmed that this matching numbers car was built on the 17th June 1970 and subsequently shipped to Germany on the 26th June 1970. Incredibly, this baby blue example, has just two registered owners: the initial lady owner took procession on the 23rd July 1970 and kept the car until de-registering in March 1990. The original ‘pappe’ Kraftfahrzeugbrief (Nr: 40 704 762) is a nostalgic piece of history and is almost as rare as the car itself. Our example was then registered, only for the second time, in May 2015 following an extensive nut and bolt restoration which started in 2012. Photographic history also confirms a full engine rebuild culminating in an extremely detailed engine bay.

EXTERIOR – Finished in Baby Blue, this Roadster presents beautifully with a bright polished shine and good finish following a full body off respray in 2012.  All the panels are damage free and structurally excellent.  The new chrome bumpers and trim sections are in fantastic order and the black mohair hood has recently been replaced.  Our car also comes with two roof fittings offering either a fixed (fold back) roof or a removable roof system for complete open top driving. Both tonneau covers, half and full are in fine condition. New chrome number plate holders are a classy addition. A truly rare example of this classic fun sports car.  A wonderful opportunity to buy one the few genuine LHD European cars on the market.

INTERIOR – The factory original reclining seats have been purposely retained and show a nice patina but both have received small repair work but do not offend. The dash has been replaced with a US style safety ‘Abingdon Pillow’ dashboard which is rarely seen today. In terms of music, the car is radio free for the new owner to decide in which direction to go. The car has no headrest to accommodate the full tonneau cover. The boot area is roomy by sports car standards and is complimented by a new boot and spare wheel liner. All interior quality carpeted areas present well. A ‘tight’ MGB Roadster experience with Mota-Lita in your hands.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION – Our example has been subject to a complete engine out rebuild with photographic history on our web site with far too many new parts to mention. The 1798 cc four cylinder engine produces 95 hp at 5250rpm and offers ample performance for daily use. The tough, well proven BMC ‘B’ series engine is a simple unit with brilliant access and fantastic parts availability, every classic car owners dream! The four-speed all synchromesh gearbox gives sporty performance coupled with surprisingly good fuel economy. The dashboard switch overdrive offers a smooth change.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The chrome (Rubery Owen) RO style wheels are in superb condition matching the 165 R14 Classat tyres which have excellent tread remaining.  The boot mounted spare is present and in excellent order with a new boot liner and spare wheel cover. The hydraulic brakes with servo assistance employing discs at the front and 10 inch drums at the rear offer adequate stopping power. An unexpected ‘bonus’ is a set of 5 extremely rare ’12 hole’ original factory pressed steel wheels in matching body colour with of course matching chrome hub caps. See web site.

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