MGB Road­ster

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Dale Vinten

EN­GINE 1798cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER [email protected] TORQUE 107lb [email protected] MAX­I­MUM SPEED 101mph 0-60MPH 11sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 22-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-spd man+o/d MoT Oc­to­ber 2019 ODOME­TER 44,061 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The car per­forms well and the en­gine sounds great with its full stain­less ex­haust sys­tem, four-branch man­i­fold and We­ber car­bu­ret­tor. It pro­pels the car sat­is­fy­ingly down the road with no grum­bling and no alarm­ing smoke from the ex­haust. The steer­ing is di­rect and pre­cise, with no play or wan­der­ing. The brakes are sim­i­larly ef­fec­tive with no div­ing, jud­der­ing or un­wanted noise. This MG also comes fit­ted with ad­justable Spax dampers and the sus­pen­sion ap­pears to have been set up well.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The car was re­built in 2004 with a Her­itage body shell. It has ob­vi­ously been metic­u­lously main­tained since, be­cause the paint and body are in su­perb con­di­tion. The spot­less mo­hair hood fits per­fectly and has no rips or tears in it. All of the chrome is im­mac­u­late, in­clud­ing the wire wheels, which are free from pit­ting or dis­coloura­tion. All four tyres ap­pear to be wear­ing evenly and have plenty of tread re­main­ing. The un­der­neath is rust-free and has been fully un­der­sealed.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The in­te­rior is im­mac­u­lately well-pre­sented, with some taste­ful touches in­clud­ing a smart Moto-Lita wooden steer­ing wheel and, rather un­usu­ally, elec­tric win­dows. All of the leather has been re­trimmed and is ex­cep­tional. The car­pets look brand new with no damp patches and the dash­board is in­tact with no cracks, splits or sun dam­age. All the gauges and switchgear func­tion per­fectly, in­clud­ing the dash-mounted over­drive. The car is fit­ted with an up­rated stereo and speak­ers and a work­ing im­mo­biliser.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The car has had many me­chan­i­cal im­prove­ments made to it, in­clud­ing an un­leaded cylin­der head, grooved brake discs and up­rated pads, elec­tronic ig­ni­tion, a re­built and tuned dis­trib­u­tor and par­a­bolic rear springs. The car has also been rolling-road tuned, in­creas­ing power to around 105bhp. The en­gine bay looks clean and tidy with a pol­ished chrome rocker cover, red painted block and new hoses. All other en­gine an­cil­lar­ies look fresh. The area is free from any oil leaks or mist­ing, and there’s not a spot of rust or stand­ing wa­ter any­where. A new ra­di­a­tor and oil cooler have also been fit­ted.

THE CCW VIEW

None of the usual is­sues that com­monly af­flict these cars seem to have be­fallen this par­tic­u­lar ‘B Road­ster; this car’s next owner will be buy­ing a rust-free ex­am­ple that has been fas­tid­i­ously main­tained, ser­viced and doc­u­mented, not to men­tion up­graded. All of the ex­tra per­for­mance parts are fur­ther bonuses that el­e­vate this clas­sic Bri­tish sports car some­what above other, more typ­i­cal ver­sions.

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