When MG introduced its MGB in 1962 as the successor to the MGA, it was the first MG and among the first British sports cars to feature unitized construction. Lightweight, quick, nimble and affordable, then and now it offers among the lowest cost of entry of any British sports car.
This 1976 roadster in Damask Red has been nicely restored, inside and out. Upholstery, carpet, door panels and dash look great. All gauges are correct, clear and functioning perfectly. And there''s an updated stereo in the console with speakers in the door. The paint shows well, panels gaps are good, glass is excellent, and all chrome is in great shape. The floor pans are solid and rust free, and the engine compartment is nicely detailed. It''s an older restoration, but has been very well maintained ever since. There is minor damage on the passenger side behind the front bumper from a parking lot bump, but it''s not noticeable from a few feet away.
Mechanically, this MG is in great shape. The 1.8 liter four-cylinder has been rebuilt with some nice performance updates. By 1976, the US-spec cars were being fitted with a single Stromberg carburetor. This one has been upgraded to twin SUs for a nice boost in horsepower -- and it definitely feels more powerful than the numbers would suggest. All service is up to date; brakes, tires, alternator and battery have all been replaced within the last year. A new high end canvas top was installed last year and is a vast improvement over the standard vinyl top in both appearance and noise reduction. The clutch and four-speed manual gearbox feel great. And unlike most British sports cars, this MG is dry underneath and won''t leave oil spots on your garage floor.
Driving a later MG can feel, well, uninspiring -- but thanks to a fresh, well-tuned engine built with an eye for performance, this particular MGB feels faster than it ought to. It''s well-balanced and quite fun to drive, especially in top down weather, and a well-sorted example like this one represents an excellent value. Give us a call at 404-692-5250 if you''re interested in learning more about this MGB.