The 1960’s saw the birth of the iconic MGB in roadster and the MGB GT in coupe form for the first time and both cars were a resounding success for the company. By the late Sixties with the decline of the ‘Big Healy’s’ MG needed to fill the gap and did with the MGC to a lesser extent with some balance issues and a lumbering straight six engine.
The 1970’s saw a more genuine attempt with the MGB GT V8 including Rovers very own 3.5 V8 engine version giving excellent performance and MGB handling. It is sad to say that MG’s timing was terrible as the 1973 energy crisis was hitting hard and the GT V8 was very much a victim of circumstance and poor marketing. Today the MGB GT V8 is the ideal seventies classic with a sixties vibe to it and is the last of the chrome bumper models available. If you’re in the market for a real classic car with great performance perhaps the MGB GT V8 is the car for you.
The MGB GT V8 is now a rare sellable classic car with it originally being a flop due to the energy crisis in the seventies. Today we can now experience what an MGB GT was all about.
Here are some tips if you are looking to buy an iconic seventies MG. The first thing to asses as with most cars from this era is the body work with corrosion being the cars main Achilles heel. Check sills and arches, doors and boot in fact with rust being such a factor, check the whole car for this scourge of seventies metal. Make sure engine oil has been changed at least once a year as the V8 engine is a low pressure high volume system with oil passageways prone to becoming blocked with sludge. Oil should rum at around 42 psi or 20 psi when idling hot. Another good tip would be to top up the rust inhibiter in all the hollow points in the chassis members and doors but as waxoyl remains flammable for years bare this in mind if you plan to do any welding. All parts are still widely available for the MGB so replacements can be sourced easily. Suspension on the MGB should not present any major problems although damper units do need topping up from time to time.
Petrol pumps are often neglected but it is worth opening the cover to expose the contact points and make sure they are all ok and also oil them with thin oil. Check the brakes for any signs of leakage by resting your foot on the brake pedal and seeing if it sinks to the floor after around 60 seconds if it does there is a leak somewhere.
Interiors are of their time so check out any musty smell which indicates damp also look under the seats for moisture or rust as well. Electrics are temperamental at best.
To this day many MGB enthusiasts still claim that the MGB was the best selling sports car ever made with over 513,000 cars produced at the Abingdon plant from 1962 to 1980.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“The MGB GT V8 was the MG sports coupe the world had been waiting for but sadly it came five years too late. The V8 model however is recognised today as the classic MGB that could have been so much more in its heyday. Although in today’s classic car industry the MGB GT V8 will give the MG enthusiast a rare treat with its V8 power”