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The common sense classic that’s ideal for first timers after a proper sports car

Why buy?

 

If you’re new to this hobby then you can’t go wrong with a commonsensical MGB. Classy yet classless, sporting yet sensible, pretty yet practical, it’s hard to overlook both the MGB or the fastback GT. Club and specialist support is second to none.

Driving

 

An oldie, design-wise, even when new, the MGB is neither fast or particularly fleet of foot, but makes up for it spades with its utter predictability and user-friendliness but overdrive is essential for motorways. The overlooked rubber bumper cars have their merits, such as a better ride, if unruly handling, and added kit.

What to pay

 

Biggest bargains are the rubber bumper B where good sub £3000 buys are plentiful. Chrome bumper prices are in the region of £4000-£6000 with GTs normally quite a bit cheaper. Top (or previously restored) cars easily nudge the £20,000 barrier from a dealer, most modified cars normally sell for similar money.

General

 

Vet any V8 conversion well as build standards will vary; and don’t pay over the odds for any hybrids. Ditto rubber bumper cars converted to chrome; some specialists shy away from these.

Body and chassis

 

They rust everywhere! New bodyshells are available from BMH but cost well over five figures once fettled and painted. Sills, floors, bulkheads, jacking points, suspension pick up points and inner wings are the main woes. If new sills have been fitted wrongly the doors may not fit well and clip the B post.

Engine

 

Trusty and tolerant engines, watch for smoking and less than 50lb oil pressure. A deep rumbling suggests crankshaft wear while noisy tappets is usually due to worn rockers and camshaft.

Running gear

Worn king pins and trunnions are common. Rubber bumper models wear their suspensions out quicker apparently. Has the ride height been lowered back to ‘normal’ already?

Best model?

Chrome Roadster

Worst model?

Rubber bumper models

Budget buy?

Late GTs

Ok for unleaded?

Needs an additive

Spares situation?

Unbeatable

Diy ease?

Second to none

Club support?

Second to none

Appreciating asset?

Too many for real gains



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