1966 MGB Roadster MkI
Imported from sunny California in 2003 and little used since; converted to RHD; driven to the sale
As a letter from the BMIHT Archive confirms, this MGB Roadster MkI was built at the Abingdon factory in October 1966 and was originally a LHD model destined for the American market. A copy of the American Certificate of Title shows that it was with an owner in sunny California by 1985, a gentleman who appears to have kept it until 2003 when it was shipped back to the UK with all duties paid.
It seems that it was kept in storage for the next 15 years or so because it wasn’t UK registered until August 2018. Our vendor acquired the car in December 2018 (by which time it had already been converted to RHD), his intention being to prepare it for classic car rallies. As he already had several other classics to play with, doing up the MGB never really got to the top of the list and he has now decided to pass the car on to someone who can give it the more regular use that it is crying out for.
During his ownership it has been treated to various new parts (radiator; dynamo; front brake calipers; coolant, fuel and brake hoses; door cards; interior door handles and window winders; oil/temperature gauge; battery cut-off switch; seat belts etc) but has otherwise led a very quiet life, being mainly kept in storage.
Driven some 15 miles to the sale on one of the hottest days of the year, we are told that it ran well throughout with good oil pressure and temperature, although the vendor advises that the overdrive, which previously worked perfectly well, seems to have packed up for some reason.
Starting promptly and running sweetly as we have moved it around on site, with good 60psi oil pressure, it appears to be in generally good order throughout with particularly nice black leather seats piped in white.
Being offered here at no reserve, this nice early MGB now needs an enthusiastic new owner who can actually get out there and drive it, top down, shades on, over the long hot summer that undoubtedly lies ahead of us!
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
* All charges are subject to VAT