Budget Survivor: 1972 MGB GT
The MGB GT was a fastback version of Morris Garage’s iconic MGB roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various markets. When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for kids and a gorgeous Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate and storage area. It is difficult to determine the condition of today’s next feature because the photos are so limited, but it it isn’t a rust bucket or needing a total mechanical makeover, it looks well priced…particularly compared to anything else with a Pininfarina design credit. Find this 1972 MGB GT offered for $7450 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1972 mgb gt
title status: clean
Beautiful 1972 MGB GTB. 1/70 in this livery made for the U.S. market. Car has original 110,000 miles or so but it seems brand new.
Every service record for everything as small as a light bulb change comes with the car. 50 years of records. Never been in an accident.
Has small signs of rust around the seals outside and could use some touch up on the front bumper but all are extremely minor.
Recently replaced the air filter, spark plugs, oil cooler and re-timed the engine with new points/condenser. Car starts right up no matter how cold or warm with no issues and no choke needed. The car runs just like it did out of the factory. New tires as well.
Recently redid the whole carpeting throughout the car and resprayed the metal floor pan with rust proof gray paint. Should last another 20 years. Everything inside the car works from the radio to the lights. It is hard to find something wrong with it. Gets looks every time I drive it.
Selling it to try and get an older triumph with some real power. 7,450 OBO
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I was just noticing that eBay has a plethora ( gaggle? fleet? murder? flock? pod? school?) of MGBs and MGBGTs at seemingly low prices.
I always thought the MGBGTs looked like the DB5s cute little sister. Swap a modern 250hp tiny engine in there and it would be perfect.
Hugh, we featured a 1800ES with an F20C swap from a Honda S2000 a while back (http://dailyturismo.com/20k-best-swap-ever-1973-volvo-1800es/) but I think that it would be the perfect engine to shove into the MGBGT.
Must be a real budget the Realistic Radio did not come with knobs or is it anti-theft ?
I do like the MGB GT…..
I remember using my thumbnail on stereo knobs back in the day…those things were always falling apart or becoming part of a kid’s toy.