MG BGT V8 1971 (K) Green
This is no ordinary MGB GT, or even a factory V8. Cosmetically, it?s extremely clean, 100% rust-free with period modifications that hint at its increased power. Mechanically, it?s been comprehensively overhauled and upgraded to produce a fantastically focused, reliable, sorted driver?s machine.
I bought the car for ?11,950 from renowned specialists Oselli in December last year. Since then, I?ve spent over ?6200 to further improve and enhance its performance and usability. It's great as a daily driver, and ideally suited to track-days or classic rallies.
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The high specification includes:
? Rebuilt and modified Rover SD1 3500cc V8 with 208bhp and 207 ft-lb of torque
? Factory MGB GT V8 induction system with twin SUs and K&N filters
? Rebuilt Borg-Warner five-speed T5 transmission
? MGC back axle with custom-built propshaft and a 3.70:1 ratio
? Big-bore, single-pipe stainless steel exhaust and tubular 4-branch manifolds
? Davies Craig adjustable electric water pump (EWP) and radiator-mounted fan
?Bestek fast-road electronic ignition with custom distributor
? Rebuilt and uprated brakes with DOT 5.1 silicone fluid, Greenstuff fast-road pads and grooved discs (front) Mintex M144 shoes (rear)
? Lowered V8-spec suspension with negative camber arms and stiffened front springs
? Stack competition gauges ? speedo, tacho, fuel level, oil pressure and water temperature
? Brand-new Cobra Classic competition bucket seats with inertia-reel seatbelts
? New KN Minator alloy wheels with knock-on centre spinners ? 5.5J x 15?
? Upgraded stainless steel heater matrix and two-speed fan
? Brand-new (not fitted) Nardi woodrim steering wheel with custom boss
? Alloy Monza fuel-filler cap
? New, custom-made outdoor breathable car cover
The car?s previous owner kept it for over 10 years, racing it for one season in the 2006 MGCC Phoenix championship. It still retains many of its racing features including, ignition cutout switches; roll-cage pick-up points; fuel tank and filler shroud, plus a rear rain light.
Unlike the low-compression, factory originals, this BGT runs a tuned and rebuilt Rover SD1 3500 V8 with hotter camshafts, lightened flywheel and strengthened internals. I have recently installed a full Bestek electronic ignition kit that uses a new and custom-mapped Lucas distributor.
Careful rolling road tuning of the carbs produced some impressive results: 208bhp at 5250rpm at the flywheel, or 172bhp at the wheels. This is backed up by a peak torque reading of 207 ft-lb at 4000rpm ? there?s even 197 ft-lb available from 2000rpm. And all on standard 95-RON unleaded fuel.
The Davies Craig electric water pump, radiator-mounted electric fan and louvred alloy bonnet keep the engine running cool ? even in high ambient temperatures. Despite its performance modifications, the motor is very tractable, and revs freely to a safe to 6000rpm with correct oil pressure and no smoke or leaks. The noise is just incredible too.
Power is fed through a Borg-Warner T5 transmission ? sourced from a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth ? and an MGC differential with a 3.70:1 axle ratio. Together these combine to give a lovely, mechanical gearshift; relaxed cruising in fifth and very fast acceleration through the gears.
Recently rebuilt and upgraded, the brakes are now very powerful and progressive, pulling up straight and without fade. The front callipers have been overhauled, and clasp Greenstuff grooved discs and fast-road pads. At the rear, new adjuster mechanisms have been fitted together with Mintex M144 shoes. The system was also flushed, and refilled with silicone DOT 5.1 fluid.
The suspension is largely standard V8 spec, but lowered all-round with negative camber arms and stiffened sprint springs at the front. With the current 14? wheel, the steering is quick and smooth, the ride firm but supple. There?s also plenty of grip from the excellent Pirelli P6000 185/65/15 tyres. Brand-new, centre-lock KN Minator alloys (5.5J x 15") give a nice period competition look; but I also have a set of virtually unused 72-spoke, black stove-enamelled wires available. Crucially, there are no nasty noises in the driveline, or clonks from the suspension.
Bodily, the car is in excellent shape with a rock-solid structure, absolutely no rust, straight panels and very attractive Mallard green paintwork. There are a couple of light scratches, and a few minor stonechips, but nothing to detract from what is clearly a well-maintained, restored car. Overall, it?s very, very clean, but not concours. All the glazing is green-tinted, and the heated rear screen has a very rare wiper. Being critical, the front quarterlight seals will need replacement soon, as they allow slight wind noise; despite the fact that they were fitted in March.
Inside, brand-new Cobra Classic bucket seats ? with new, inertia-reel seatbelts ? give very good support and a nice, race-like driving position. For better accuracy and night-time visibility, I?ve fitted a full complement of Stack racing gauges, including speedo, tacho, fuel level, water temperature and oil pressure. I?ve also upgraded the heater with a stainless steel matrix for better flow, and a two-speed fan. Included in the sale is a brand-new, woodrim Nardi steering wheel with boss. The original seats are available, if need be.
Being a 1971 model, this MG qualifies as a historic vehicle and is therefore tax exempt. It?s also surprisingly frugal on a long run, while the classic insurance is very reasonable ? I pay ?225 with no mileage restrictions through Footman James. MOT and tax both run until December 2011.
I?ve had several MGBs, and this is the best. It?s indecently quick; you can use it everyday, and it stops, drives and handles very well. Plus it sounds absolutely gorgeous with the open K&N air filters and big-bore exhaust. It never fails to turn heads, and draws admiring comments wherever it goes. If I could keep it, I would; but work commitments and a growing family force its sale.
The car is based in Buckinghamshire, near Marlow and is available for viewing ? any inspection welcome. I am also more than happy for you to contact David Eales at Oselli and Vince Mosley at Mosley's Garage; both know the car, and have worked on it recently. They can be reached on 01993 849610 and 01558 823368 respectively ? simply reference my name: Richard Lieberman.
For further information, please call me on 07983 507839 (day) or 01491 280060 (evening). Serious offers are invited, from serious buyers only.
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