MGB Roadster For Sale

1972 MGB Roadster for sale by Clydesdale Classic Cars. Chrome bumper version in amazing condition, MOT until October 2022, no advisories.

The MGB Roadster: A Brief History

The MGB Roadster is a classic British sports car that holds a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Renowned for its sleek design, affordability, and engaging driving experience, the MGB Roadster has cemented its legacy in the annals of the automobile history. This brief history will trace the origins, development, and lasting impact of the MGB Roadster.

Origins: The Birth of a Legend

The story of the MGB Roadster begins in the late 1950s when the British Motor Corporation (BMC) was looking to replace its ageing MGA sports car. The MGA was a popular car but needed to be updated compared to its competitors. In response, BMC tasked its chief engineer, Syd Enever, and designer, Don Hayter, with creating a new, improved sports car.

Development: Designing the MGB Roadster

The MGB Roadster was designed to be more comfortable, faster, and easier to maintain than the MGA. It featured a unibody construction, which made it lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. The car was also equipped with a 1.8-litre B-Series engine, which provided ample power for its time, and a fully synchronised four-speed manual transmission.

In terms of design, the MGB Roadster was a departure from the MGA’s curvaceous lines, adopting a more angular and modern appearance. The car’s iconic design features included its long hood, short rear deck, and distinctive grille.

Launch and Reception: The MGB Roadster Hits the Market

The MGB Roadster was officially launched in September 1962 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. The car received an overwhelmingly positive response from the press and the public thanks to its attractive design, engaging driving experience, and affordable price point.

Production and Evolution: The MGB Roadster’s Many Iterations

Over the course of its 18-year production run, the MGB Roadster underwent several updates and changes. Some of the most notable iterations include:

  • MGB Mark II (1967): This update introduced a more robust gearbox, an alternator instead of a dynamo, and a new rear suspension design.
  • MGB Roadster V8 (1973): A limited-production version of the MGB Roadster was introduced, featuring a powerful 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine. Unfortunately, it was only produced until 1976 due to the 1973 oil crisis and tightening emissions regulations.
  • MGB Roadster Rubber Bumper (1974): In response to new US safety regulations, the MGB Roadster received a redesigned front and rear, featuring large rubber bumpers. The car’s ride height was also raised, which affected its handling characteristics.

Production of the MGB Roadster ended in October 1980, with a total of over 500,000 units built.

Legacy: The MGB Roadster’s Lasting Impact

The MGB Roadster is considered one of the most iconic British sports cars ever. Its affordability, attractive design, and enjoyable driving experience made it a popular choice for sports car enthusiasts worldwide. Today, the MGB Roadster enjoys a dedicated following, with numerous clubs and organisations dedicated to preserving and celebrating its history. The car’s influence can still be seen in modern sports cars, a testament to the enduring appeal of the MGB Roadster.

MGB Roadster for Sale
For Sale MGB Roadster

Vehicle History & Information

Clydesdale Classic Cars are pleased to offer for sale on behalf of its present owner, this amazing condition MGB Roadster. The car starts, runs, drives and stops as it should.

The car has an MOT until October 2022 with no advisories and furthermore, in the 39 years it has been owned, the car has had very minimal use.

The overdrive works as it should and this almost perfect example has been fitted with new wheels and Avon tyres.

Car History

In November 2006 the following work was carried out:

  • New heater valve
  • Replacement of 2 heater control knobs
  • New water pump
  • New fuel pump
  • New rear brakes
  • New hydraulic brake cylinder and adjuster
  • New handbrake cable
  • New front brake discs and pads

Suspension work was also carried out as well as the replacement of the cylinder head gasket along with an unleaded cylinder head fitted with a new stainless steel exhaust system.

Furthermore, a new battery, thermostat, radiator, heater hoses, vinyl soft top hood, seat foam and covers and indicator switch were also fitted.

The driver door, passenger door skin, front valance, both front wings were also replaced.

The car was also painted at this point as well as a full Waxoyl treatment.

In November 2009 a reconditioned gearbox with an overdrive unit was fitted along with a new clutch, gearbox mounts and speedo cable. The brake servo was also replaced.

At Clydesdale Classic Cars we carried out the following work in October of 2021:

  • New clutch slave cylinder
  • Oil and filter change
  • New fuel gauge sender unit
  • New rotor arm
  • Replacement of both rear brake pipes
  • Stripped and cleaned the front brakes
  • Brake fluid replacement
  • MOT

As you can see this 1972 MGB Roadster classic car has been well looked after.

Our Thoughts:

MGBs are still trendy cars. However, they do suffer quite severely from corrosion and in most cases, they are not repaired to an acceptable standard; this car is most certainly an exception.

This car has undergone a restoration, and although it isn’t a perfect car and has not been restored to our standards, it is an excellent car that needs no welding.

It had a minor restoration and was recommissioned in 2006 to what we would class as a good standard and is still in excellent condition today, mainly because it has had very little use and has always been garaged.

It also had other mechanical works in 2009, including the gearbox replacement.

Most relatively competent DIY mechanics could easily carry out the main items we see need doing, although we can also carry out these repairs for the new owner if required.

Some panel alignment needs to be addressed, the front shock absorbers would be better replaced, the engine bay needs tidying, and the dashboard would benefit from a refurbishment/re-paint.

The front stereo panel is missing, and the soft top is sitting a little high in the middle; the chrome bumpers are ok but not perfect and the rear needs some adjustment at the outer edges.

The paintwork has some imperfections, but they are pretty minor at this point. The underside of the car is in good condition, and there isn’t anything we can see that would need attention.

Although we have listed the above items we would recommend are addressed, please understand that this is still one of the best, most solid and pretty MGB Roadsters we have seen in a very long time, and if I were looking for one of these cars (I already own one), I would have no hesitation in buying this one.

The 12237 miles recorded on the odometer are most likely not correct.

Vehicle Specification

  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 12237 Miles
  • Manufacturer: MG
  • Model: Roadster
  • Body Type: Convertible
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Engine Size: 1.8 L B-Series I4
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Doors: 2
  • Country of Manufacture: UK
  • Colour: Red
  • Drive Side: Right-hand drive
  • Date of First Registration: 1972
  • V5 Registration Document: Present

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