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Lot 3

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1973 MG MGB

SOLD $34,100

Estimate

$25,000 - $35,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

GHN5UD322122G

Car Highlights

Remarkably Low-Mileage Example
21 Years of Single Ownership
Largely Preserved and Well Maintained
Desirable Harvest Gold with Navy Blue Color Scheme
Accompanied by Books, Tools, and BMHT Certifcate

Technical Specs

1,798 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
94 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Rear Drum
Independent Front Suspension by Coil Springs and Wishbones
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The MGB was launched at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show in London. With front disc brakes, and capable of 100 mph, it delivered 22 mpg–28 mpg and became a favorite British sports car in the US.

US safety rules prompted the revision of the MGB’s interior in 1968, but sales increased nonetheless. Improvements for 1972 included a glove box, fresh-air vents, a more powerful heater, and a console. It was the most popular year yet, with MGB roadsters and GT coupes alike finding eager buyers.

This MGB dates from the penultimate year featuring desirable chrome bumpers. For 1973, the recessed grille was replaced by honeycomb mesh, with prominent octagon badge. This obviously well-loved roadster is thought by the consignor to retain its original finishes and trim, though the top has been carefully replaced.

Records trace this MGB through the care of five fastidious owners, who noted the mileage and date when it changed hands. Charles Estill of Eugene, Oregon, drove the MGB only 1,713 miles in 21 years, selling it to the consignor in 2014, then indicating 18,624 miles.

MGBs are still popular today as one of the most beloved British sports cars, and the pleasure of owning an unrestored example is an opportunity not to be missed.