VERY NICELY RESTORED 1966 MGB, 4 SPEED MANUAL W/ RARE OVERDRIVE, AWESOME CAR!
There are plenty of MGBs out there, but the early cars like this 1966 MGB roadster are truly special. The purest design that is most closely linked to its British sports car roots, this very nicely restored convertible has a simple, clean look and energetic performance to back it up.
Although the shape didn't change much over the MGB's life, this early car looks far more upscale than many of its siblings. Surely some of it has to do with the chrome bumpers and grille, which has always been the preferred look, and some if it might have to do with the beautiful white paint. Instead of being plain and subtle, the white paint sparkles and draws your eye down the 'B's smooth flanks, reminding you that yes, the British really did perfect the art of the inexpensive sports car. We're having a hard time finding any flaws on this neat little convertible, which offers good gaps, doors that close easily, and no evidence of major body surgery. The work was carried out by a noted MG specialist, so the details are exactly right, too, including the stainless trim along its sides, the wonderfully British rear-view mirror, and the red taillights, which have a familiar shape but a look that's unique to the early cars.
The beautiful black leather interior has that wonderful lived-in look that makes natural materials so much more appealing than vinyl. White piping adds an upscale look to the simple surroundings, and it's all in excellent condition with new materials throughout. A handsome steering wheel with delicate wire spokes makes this sports car easy to wheel around and the 4-speed manual gearbox (with overdrive!) is a joy to row through the gates. Crisp, clear Smiths gauges are attractive without being too busy and we love the fabric-covered speaker in the middle of the dash, which is powered by the original AM radio up above it. Sadly it's not functional, but it would be a real shame to replace it and with the top down, you won't miss it anyway. The top is easy to operate and looks great even when it's up, and there's a nicely appointed trunk with a full-sized spare for emergencies.
The sturdy 1.8 liter inline-four would power MGs for decades, and it's at its very best here. The engine was rebuilt to stock specification and wears a pair of freshly rebuilt carburetors and a bright red valve cover, as original. A few upgrades make it suitable for use today, including an electric fan on the front of the radiator so it never loses its cool and all the wiring is new, so you can hold your Lucas jokes. The 4-speed manual gearbox is a delight to use and offers a usable overdrive for today's highway cruising and the supple suspension is both athletic and smooth-riding, a combination that's hard to replicate in today's heavy cars. A sweet-sounding Monza exhaust system gives the engine a raucous baritone wail and while the underside hasn't been fully restored, its' in good order with no trouble in the usual spots. And no British sports car is complete without a set of chrome wire wheels, with these wearing 175R14 blackwalls for a no-nonsense look.
Complete with 25 years' worth of maintenance records and restoration receipts, this is a high-quality MGB for the enthusiast who is shopping based on things other than price alone. Call today!
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- 1798 CC
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- 4 Speed Manual
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- 5,610 (Since Built)
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- Center Console