We are pleased to offer this 1966 MGB GT for sale-this week with new exciting upgrades. We just painted the rocker panels to make this great car even better. In case you missed it, we got the car from a great client who had hired a body shop to repair the rocker panels, and we just finished the job and painted the panels and blended the paint. Now, the car looks much more complete.
We’ve also mounted stock sized 14 inch chrome wire wheels on the car, so the car is now lower, and looks more stock. (By the way, you can have whatever wheels you like, we can change these if you prefer to painted wire wheels or…)
I have a profound love affair with these cars; while I don’t talk about it much, I have for many years owned a 1967 British Racing Green BGT a car that feeds this particular love affair whenever I need a fix. I’m really tempted to keep this car too, but I can’t justify two so we hope to find this one a good home.
Let me explain why I think this could be the perfect classic British car:
The pre-67 MGBs are really the nicest of the series (made from 1963-1980). The metal dashboards are heavenly, pre-padding and protection, they were raw steel armed only with a factory crinkle finish. The hatchback is quite practical-fill it with a weeks worth of groceries at Costco.
You can really use this car in a very different way than all the vintage British convertibles that we know and love. It’s more rigid, it’s quieter, it holds more stuff. It has more headroom. It’s easier to get in and out. And it’s really pleasant to drive with respectable handling and acceleration too.
The shape is pure artistry… I’ve heard these cars called baby Aston Martins, and while that name doesn’t speak to me, what is apparent is that the car is in the league of a high-dollar Aston in terms of form and curb-appeal. This is a striking artful object that punches above its weight. It looks right.
This is, in my opinion, the sweet spot of the 1800CC MGB engine line-up, devoid of all emission controls, so you get really good power and performance. It has about 90 horsepower and it shows- the engine is far more powerful than later detuned MGB models, this one is spirited and fun to drive.
Unfortunately, this one is not an overdrive car. There is an overdrive switch on the dash that’s a placeholder, but it’s not connected and there’s no overdrive transmission installed. That said, we can get a rebuilt original overdrive transmission and put it in, which would really enhance this car. (We’re happy to make that happen for the new owner! Call if you would like that upgrade.)
The rocker panels and fender bottoms between the doors were rusty at some point on this car and the rust has since been cut-out and replaced with new sheet metal. The repair is complete, and we have just painted that area of the car and blended the paint to complete the job. The car looks great!
The engine bay paint shown below has not been restored. In my opinion, It looks appropriate for the car-this is not a restored car, just a very presentable and slightly weathered classic. We’ve gone through the car and upgraded all the rubber and perishable parts under the hood and everything is working nicely.
We just last year put in an all new leather interior and carpet set for the prior owner, so the interior is strikingly nice. We installed three-point retractable seat belts when we re-did the interior, which required custom brackets to be fabricated to facilitate them, and entire interior is now beautiful. We also went through and replaced any perishable mechanical items, such as new rubber hoses and oil cooler lines, as well as new rear wire wheel splines and brakes, so the entire car has been refreshed. This one is easy to drive, and beautiful!
Whomever ends up with this car is a lucky and smart enthusiast. If I had to just choose one British classic car (other than a Bugeye, of course), I would choose a BGT. This one is nice enough to drive and celebrate but not so nice that you need to worry, and there is something very liberating about a car in such condition.
Thanks for allowing me a moment to indulge my passion. Give a call if you are interested in adopting this car!
Check out the driving and underside videos above, click “read more” below for more pictures, and give us a call if you’d like to make this awesome MGB your next British car!