1975 MG B GT Jubilee Special Anniversary
Reg. no. HCC 869N
Chassis no. GHD5 – 377572G
Engine no. 3404
Development of the MGB started in the late 1950s, as MG looked to steal a jump on their main rivals Triumph. The resulting car was rather advanced in its construction when launched in 1962, utilizing a unitary structure instead of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on both its predecessor the MG A and the Triumph TR series. However, components such as brakes and suspension were developed from those of the MG A, while the B-Series engine was also already in use in the wider BMC stable. The lightweight design and parts interchangeability meant it was cheap to produce, and therefore affordable, and it captured a large segment of the British sports car market. In 1965, the ‘GT’ coupe version was launched, sporting a ground-breaking design by Pininfarina that has been viewed in some ways as a predecessor of the later, all-conquering hatchback form of car. The angle of the rear opening meant the car had much more luggage space than the roadster, while also being a genuine four-seater. B GTs were naturally slightly heavier than the roadsters, but actually had a higher top speed due to the improved aerodynamic shape.
This 1975 B GT is a rare ‘Jubilee’ special edition, with the striking colour scheme distinctive to that model. 751 of this model were built for 1975, with around 200 thought to survive. The vendor purchased this car in March 2005, with the bodywork having been comprehensively restored by the previous owner. Used regularly up until around 2012, it was then put into storage as the owner became more active with the MGA and TD also in his collection. A new clutch was fitted prior to storage; however, the hydraulic system will need bleeding and the clutch setting up before use. Otherwise, the car is in decent all-round condition for its age. The 1.8 litre B-Series engine is in running order, but full recommissioning is advised. This car should prove an enjoyable vehicle once returned to the road. It comes with documentation regarding the previous owner’s restoration.
There is a V5C in the file plus sundry other books on the model and bills.
Extra details and estimates:
£4,000 - 6,000
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