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This genuine factory MGB GT V8, still with its original engine, was built on the 15th - 28th November 1973 and despatched on the 3rd December 1973. The MG was supplied new in Damask Red by Stewart and Ardern Limited, Barnes and issues the Greater London registration mark SMM 510M. The MG has records 75,000 miles, believed genuine with documentation back to 40,000 miles. A comprehensive history file detailing maintenance, some restoration work and old MOT certificates accompanies the car.
The MG was purchased by the most recent owner in January 2010 as a largely original, roadworthy car. Since then he has spent an incredible £25,000 taking this MGB GT V8 to a very high standard. Over this time 5000 miles have been covered and the MG has been in regular summer use. Major work over this time includes a both cylinder heads being acid dipped/de-coked, all valve faces were re-cut, as were valve seats. Various components such as the pedal box, heater, cooling fans, servo were dismantled and sand blasted, treated and painted. Various pulleys, parts and bolts from the engine were removed and either zinc plated or painted, carburettors and inlet manifold were removed and nuts and bolts zinc plated, the inlet manifold sand blasted, the rocker covers sandblasted and the engine painted on re-fit. The MG was also treated to new manifolds, water pump, timing chain, clutch, re-faced flywheel and sports exhaust system with RV8 manifold gaskets. The engine bay was prepared and detailed and a five speed Rover SD1 gearbox fitted along with new speedo cable, propshaft, clutch arm, replacement V8 bellhousing and new slave cylinder. The interior was completely re-trimmed with Magnolia leather and Dark Red carpets. Bodywork has been attended too as necessary, any rust removed and replaced with new metal. A new front spoiler has also been fitted. Further mechanical work included new rear brake shoes and cylinders, the starter motor replaced and new coil springs fitted. Most recently headlamps have been replaced. All receipts are with the car detailing the impressive expenditure.
As a result of its £25,000 worth of work, the MG both looks and drives superbly. The Damask Red paintwork is of a very high standard with smart clean panels and no rust blemishes evident. Wheel arches are crisp and clean, the underside rock solid and the engine bay very nicely detailed. The recently retrimmed interior is impressive with good quality hide, smart dashboard and headlining. Chrome work is very good and the original V8 alloys have been powder coated. On the road the car performs superbly with excellent power delivery. The car is quick, the V8 pulls strongly, holds very good oil pressure and the five speed gearbox really enhances the drive. The brakes are incredibly sharp and the car handles well. This is a stunning example, it's a factory V8 and has been well gone through over recent years which should give its next owner lots of confidence. It's great fun to drive and has been driven faultlessly over to us from the North Yorks/Durham border. This is a great buy and is priced sensibly.