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1974 MG MGB $14,117
My first car was a new Blue 1965 MGB when I was on active duty military. Loved it, drove it at highway speeds - fast enough to get at traffic ticket on the PA Turnpike. Traded for a bigger car (Fiat 124 Coupe) because of my civilian job required a larger car. Had several sports cars including a 65 or 66 Mustang and 2 Z-cars but always missed the ‘B’. Several years ago started thinking about a ‘fun’ car again and looked at several – but the ‘B’ was always in the back of my brain.
I started searching for a ‘B’ in Arizona and called several of the British Car Shops in Tucson. One of the shops pointed me in the direction of an owner in Green Valley, AZ who wanted to sell. Called, negotiated a little on price, drove down on Saturday, took it for a test drive – it was ‘Love at 1st Drive’. Paid the man, got the title notarized and drove the ‘B’ home. It was a hot 110 degree day the Arizona sun was high in the sky and bright, the top was in the trunk. Since I was new to the car, I drove slowly at 55MPH all the way.
Prior owner had the car painted green, installed new vinyl upholstery, carpets (both in Honey tan) and made other minor repairs which he told me about but I didn’t write down.
Since I have owned the ‘B’ a number of items have been completed: New top, head rests/restraints (had them covered to match the honey tan seats, honey tan shift boot, 3-point seat belts, new Hermosa Radio from Retro Radio, reinstalled the heater core that was leaking prior to former owners installing new carpets/upholstery, new badge bar with running lights, light relay and dash switch, Wood grain steering wheel (have the faux wood dash and consul inserts/covers but not installed), new dash cap to replace the cracked cap, new front shocks, break lines, and a myriad of smaller items. Most recently I had the slave cylinder for the clutch replaced.
Acceleration is good, but not like the Beach Boys ‘409’, it’s only a 4 cylinder engine. But driving is GREAT, sits low to the ground, handling is quick and tight and fun to drive. Best of all it is a conversation starter – if I have had one person say to me… “I had, my Dad had, my best friend had, by Dad, sister and I took a road trip from (somewhere in the Midwest) to Tucson in a 70 ‘B’” (yes someone said it to me)…I’ve heard it 50 times in 2 plus years. Sometimes twice in the same shopping center parking lot.
There are 3 or 4 shop manuals and the original Owner’s Manual with the ‘B’, along with paid invoices back to 1988 included. It appears to be an original Arizona Desert car at least it has been in the desert since the late 80’s
I have driven the ‘B’ from Marana on the Northwest side of Tucson to Vail on the Southeast side and all parts in between. The ‘B’ has been driven on surface streets and I-10 with highway speeds are at a steady 65 and several times at 70 (3500 to 4000 rpm).
Wish I could keep it but I can’t and it is the right time to find a new home for my ‘B’. It deserves an owner who can take it to the next level and drive it for years to come.
Come see it and drive it you will not ‘B’ sorry!
1974 MG MGB Specifications
Classic Car ID101025439
ConditionSHARP - When I had the ‘B’ in for the clutch slave I asked them for a list of upcoming items, I will share it with potential buyers. This will not be a Pig in a Poke. NOTE: The ODO is stopped at 06371 and title reads 106371.
Trim Body Style
Transmission4 Speed Manual
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
Seat ColorHoney Beige
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