1974 MG B GT: Retro and Yellow!
With so many exotic cars yearning for your attention, we examine the icon you’ve rarely looked twice at – the MGB GT
With such a plethora of classics forever residing in the classifieds amid the modern trend of out-doing each other in the classic car stakes, it’s difficult not to write-off the humble MGB GT from the get-go. Once found on every street corner showcasing a wide variety of rust and mechanical maladies, times have changed.
The MGB no longer lurks at the bottom of the desirability trough. The GT’s Pininfarina-penned lines don’t reek of social desperation any more. The concept of driving something so ‘humdrum’ and ‘common’ has died away with a new generation of enthusiast. Basically, the MGB has shaken off its BL-era reputation and found favour with fresh-faced devotees.
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Quite rightly, too. The B was an epochal model for the MG marque, defining the concept of drop-top motoring from Blighty in the process. During its 18-year lifespan, the B took the reigns as the world’s best-selling British sports car – but through familiarity spawns contempt.
Despite being dispatched by the bucket load to the great carpark in the sky, they still reside in numbers that could send Count von Count into a rabid frenzy. The British equivalent to Ford’s pony car never gained the credibility it deserved with those who epitomise the collector market. It was simply too communal.
The same problem appears to continue. Given a budget of $10k, would you even consider searching for the stalwart MG B? We can bet you’d try for something far more exotic. Even for hardened petrolheads, the B remains too 'everyday'.
There’s a further snag, too. The MGB, and whisper this quietly, isn’t very fast. At all. Breaching 60mph from a standstill with the 1.8-litre B-series engine takes more than 14 seconds. The speedometer may present digits up to 120mph, but you’ll struggle to punch the wobbly needle beyond a tonne.
However, we see no problem with that. The joy of an MGB is in its charm. Especially if it’s bright yellow and oozing that infamous 1970s vibe. Such as this example that’s heading to auction with Barons classic car auctioneers.
Trumpeting highly sought-after chrome bumpers and a lashing of paperwork that confirms work undertaken and various past MOTs, the MG is said to drive impeccably, with a functioning overdrive to boot. Get a closer look with the AutoClassics classified advert.
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This stunning MG was professionally rebuilt to a very high standard by an MGOC specialist in 2004. Finished in immaculate BMW Carbon Schwartz Metallic (very dark blue) and with an extensive specification, including: -MGB V8 engine, gearbox, axle, brakes and suspension -telescopic rear shock absorbers -Lumenition electronic ignition and silicon leads -stainless steel tubular exhaust manifolds
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