Seaside MGB Roadster given new lease on life
maka Classic Cars in Blenheim and its team of restorers have lifted the covers off their latest completed project — a rescued MGB Roadster. The first MGB rolled off the factory line over 50 years ago in 1962, with production of the quintessential pint-sized classic ending in 1974. They still command interest today, with many praising their chuckable handling characteristics and charming looks. Previously owned by Marlborough native Tom Kennedy, this MGB lived for quite some time in an open carport in Ngakuta Bay near the sea. It was fully optioned, with numerous additional features — including a rare full hardtop. Tom loved his MGB, but it needed an injection of TLC — which is where Omaka Classic Cars came in. The team removed the motor and the gearbox, before completely stripping the MG of its components — including the dashboard and wiring loom — to give it a new lick of paint in its original colour. All its nuts and bolts were replated or cleaned, its rubber seals, carpets, and interior were replaced, its rear brakes were overhauled, and shiny new chrome trim was applied. Thanks to Omaka Classic Cars, as well as help from Ally Broughton Painters, Paul Walbran Motors, and Marlborough Motor Trimmers, this MGB Roadster has a vibrant new lease on life. Unfortunately Tom passed away before he could see his old gem bounce back to become a fighting-fit example of the breed, but he would no doubt be very appreciative of the efforts made to help it reclaim its former glory, ensuring its ability to tackle roads across the country for the next 50 years. The special MGB will be on display until October 26 of Labour Weekend, so to see it, and more than 50 other beautiful classic cars, check out the Omaka Classic Cars collection on Aerodrome Road, Blenheim — open 10am– 4pm, seven days a week. For more information, head to the website, omakaclassiccars.co.nz.