Two For One: 1974 MG MGB
I’ve joked in the past that owning more than one old British car is the equivalent of having a captive breeding program — because you’ll inevitably acquire additional examples of your favorite type of Triumph, MG, Jensen, Austin, etc. Why? Because the cost of a parts car is generally much less than the sum of the parts in that pile of junk, so you’ve got what we have here today, which is a nice chrome bumper ’74 MGB with a dirty rubber bumper ’78 MGB parts car as a bonus. Find this 1974 MG MGB + 1978 MG B offered for $7,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1974 mgb roadster
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: red
title status: clean
Two MGBs for one price! We are moving and I can’t take my beautiful MGB with us. This car is a project that I have almost completed. It is a rust-free California car with a strong engine and smooth 4 speed drive train. Body is pretty straight with fresh paint. Brand new stainless exhaust system that sounds great! Brand new Robbins top partially installed. Halogen headlights, LED tail, stop, and license lights. Petronix ignition. Brand new car cover – never been wet. Minitour 14″ wheels with brand new Cooper tires. Rebuilt front suspension. Brand new master cylinder, rear brakes, wheel cylinders, and seals. Brand new windshield wipers. Fresh lube in differential. Nice seats and carpets. Drive this fun car anywhere. Always gets smiles, thumbs up, and good comments. Service manuals included.
The price includes a complete, good running (un-registered) 1978 parts car with rust-free front wings, door skins, sills, and quarter panels, and all other body panels are straight. Good top. Rebuilt extra strong engine, new windshield, lowered front springs, larger sway bar, rear lowering kit and SPAX shocks. Full and partial tonneau covers for both cars. Many other parts – call for details about both cars.
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Doesn’t say what needs to finished but this seems like a heck of a deal?
New wipers! I sure love the chrome bumper models.
Everybody loves the chrome bumper models but this is a rubber bumper car with chrome bumpers. Note the up in the air ride height. Changing the ride height back to chrome bumper model spec is complicated by the fact that the body shell has a different design rather than the factory simply redesigning the A-arms for instance.
The last time I researched it, there were no good solutions to lowering a rubber bumper MGB and preserving reasonable suspension travel. There is an obvious demand for it and maybe someone has come up with a kit but there was no good solution when I was considering it years ago.
Given the nature of modern roads and traffic, maybe the raised ride isn’t such a bad thing now. I know driving a 48-inch tall car that is mostly glass above 30 inches in traffic is a little unnerving. “Excuse me but your rear transmission seal is leaking” probably has little potential as a pickup line.