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Auction Ended:

Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 - 18:00

Lot Status:

Sold

1982 MGB GT

The MGB was the top-selling sports car in the world with over 500 000 examples sold. It remains a popular classic car today because it is easy to run and is supported by a worldwide industry of service providers.

The GT version was introduced in 1965 with the hardtop/greenhouse design by Pininfarina. Most parts were shared with the roadster including the four-cylinder 1798cc B series engine and monocoque chassis. The MGB GT was extremely popular as it combined the practicality of a station wagon with the style of a coupé with 2+2 seating.

MGBs from the 1968 model year are part of the MK2 series which saw the following upgrades:

  • Synchromesh on all four gears
  • Revised gear ratios
  • Alternator fitted
  • New rear axle

Arguably, the highlight of the MGB lifecycle was the official introduction of the MGB GT V8 in 1973 following successful V8 conversions by Ken Costello. The engine used was the Rover aluminium block V8 3500cc sourced from Buick. At the time, this engine was the lightest production V8 in the world and weighed 40 pounds less than the four-cylinder B series motor with no adverse effects on the handling of the MGB. The conversion to Rover V8 power is still a popular practice with late model rubber bumper MGB GTs being the best donor cars.

In the second half of 1974, the chrome bumpers were replaced by the rubber bumpers which were required to meet US safety standards. Production ended in 1980 after 18 years, drawing to a close one of the most successful sports car lifecycles ever.

This Example

Although production ended in 1980, MGBs were still imported to South Africa and sold through dealers between 1981 and 1983. This example is one of these cars, was first registered in 1982 and has 49 163km showing (probably 149 163km).

Recent maintenance has included:

  • Respray two years ago
  • Recent carburettor rebuild
  • Top end of motor rebuilt – approximately 1 000kms covered since
  • Suspension bushes replaced

It is in average condition with a condition grade of 54/140 which is probably a bit harsh after viewing in person. This is an opportunity for an enthusiast to upgrade this MGB GT to the next level or use as a donor for a Rover V8 conversion or MGB outlaw build with Sebring design touches.

This MGB GT is available for viewing by appointment in Cape Town.

Reminders to bidders:

  • A buyer's premium of 5% (which includes VAT) for cars and bikes applies.
  • The minimum buyer's premium is R5 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R50 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R5 000 and total cost = R55 000).
  • The maximum buyer's premium is capped at R100 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R3 000 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R100 000 and total cost = R3 100 000).

Classic Car Africa aims to present each lot as accurately as possible but it is the responsibility of the bidder to be 100% satisfied with the condition of the lot before placing a bid.

Lot Status


Sold

Special Features


Condition grading 54/140
Recent engine build - top end
Respray two years ago
Carburetors recently rebuilt
Suspension bushes replaced
Good V8 project donor
Affordable to run and maintain
Extensive support network

Quick Facts


Reference: LOT-000077
Seller: Private
Year: 1982
Manufacturer: MGB
Model: GT
Derivative: -
Service History: Partial
Mileage: 49,265 Km
Engine Size: 1,798
Engine Type: Inline four-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 95 BHP
Exterior: White
Interior: Black

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Bidding

Bidding Information - 1982 MGB GT

Estimated Price Range:

R 75,000.00 - R 99,950.00

Lot Status:

Sold

Total Bids:

3

Time Left:

Closed

Start Date:

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 - 18:00


Comments

MUSTANG64
MUSTANG64
3 months, 2 weeks ago

HI WHAT ABOUT AN OFFER OF R 50 000.00 FOR MGB


Hi, mail me on stuart@classiccarafrica.com and we can engage with the owner. - Stuart CCA 3 months, 2 weeks ago


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