1979 MGB Lenham GT

Extremely rare to find Lenham GT (believed 1 of just 19); converted from a GT into a 2+2 Roadster with standard B-series engine

This unusual MGB isn’t actually an MGB in the ‘normal’ sense, but is actually one of just 19 BGT’s that the Lenham Motor Car Company, more commonly known for their Sprite and Midget based Le Mans Coupes rebuilt into drop-head Coupes.

Considered a surprisingly effective conversion for those that wanted a 2+2 MGB convertible yielding slightly more space for the driver and passenger and perhaps room for some unfortunate soul in the tiny BGT back seat.  The boot retained the BGT load deck with spare underneath too.

This August 1979 example, unlike some of the other Lenham GT’s retained its original 1800 BMC B-series engine where-as its believed some of the other 18 had the V8 option. The car has remained registered as an MG BGT however and has had the rubber bumpers removed and replaced with chromes.

The car presents well enough, although the paint finish is unlikely to win any awards it’s a usable car that was driven to the sale.  The bodywork looks to have been re-painted, with some areas of red primer shining through the current finish as pictured.  The vendor believes the car was repainted in Porsche Coral colour, and sits upon a set of Wolfrace polished wheels.

Inside, we find black leatherette seats, walnut dash and timbered steering wheel, manual transmission with O/D atop the gear knob and period radio.

The car shows 88,443 miles which have been covered by our vendor and owner of the car for three years and some 13 previous owners.  There are signs of age and use as mentioned with the paintwork and the hood looks a little tired with some staining to the inside (as pictured) but started promptly and appeared to run well as we moved it around.

The history file includes the V5C, 11 old MOTs, photos of the car from when it was originally Russett brown, with rubber bumpers, Rostyle wheels and orange deckchair seats dated July 1993 along with an MG Insurance Services valuation from the same time.

In addition, the file includes a selection of old bills including for a replacement lead free cylinder head in December 1994, stocklist from Lenham with this car detailed and subsequent purchase receipt dated May 1995 at 77,385 miles for £5926.

The car although MOT exempt, has a current MOT valid until July 2023 recording three minor advisories.  Ready to be enjoyed, use as is or use and improve – whichever you opt for it’s a very rare car that offers something different and most definitely a conversation starter at any classic car event.

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Reg No: HLN384V
Chassis Number: GHD5-496819G
Engine Number: -32019
Engine Size: 1798
Docs: V5C; invoices; 11 old MOTs; current MOT July-23 with 3 advisories

Sale Section & Buyers Premium (ex VAT): Car 12%, Minimum £150

Estimate: £6,000-8,000

Lot 86

Lot ended

Wednesday 14/09/2022

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

Not Sold

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