Pristine, 1,500-mile 1980 MGB-GT going to auction

1980 MGB-GT going to auction with only 1,500 miles on its odometer | CCA photos
1980 MGB-GT going to auction with only 1,500 miles on its odometer | CCA photos

Each week, The Daily News @ ClassicCars.com staff gets together for a meeting. Last week someone mentioned that while you may not be able to buy an Aston Martin “shooting brake,” a well-cared-for MGB-GT might be an affordable alternative.

Meeting ends and a few minutes later, a news release arrives from England’s Classic Car Auctions, letting us know of an exceptionally well-preserved 1980 MGB-GT that will be offered for sale at CCA auction April 1-2 in conjunction with the Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 MGC GT

The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood
The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood

John Thornley, the chairman of MG Car Company, always wanted to create a more budget-minded version of the Aston Martin DB4. His first attempt was the MGB GT, a two-door hatchback model based on the popular MGB roadster. But it was his second attempt, the MGC GT, that really nailed it.

When the MGC with its inline-6 engine was introduced, it was not well-received by the motoring press, and considered by many to be the less-nimble big brother of the four-cylinder MGB. They cited poorer handling and a lack of adequate power to motivate the extra weight of the car. It did not help that, reportedly, all the test cars initially provided by MG had tires holding only 20 psi of air pressure; they should have had 36 psi. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 100th Gathering of the Faithful

The Gathering of the Faithful was held for the 100th time | Andy Reid photos
The Gathering of the Faithful was held for the 100th time | Andy Reid photos

Since the 1960s the New England MGT Registry has held an event called the Gathering of the Faithful.

I first read about this event in Road & Track when I was a kid. This was in 1980 and the issue I was reading was from 1973. It documented a road trip a journalist took in a MG TC to attend the Gathering. I was hooked and have wanted to attend ever since, but was not willing to do so until I actually owned a T series MG. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ralph’s 1971 MGB

Ralph and Zelda
Ralph and Zelda

I owned two MGBs long ago — a spanking new ’78 and an old ’73 — but both were gone from me by the year 1985. I spent a quarter of a century bemoaning the absence of a British sports car in my possession, but life kept getting in the way of getting another one in the form of mortgages and kids and making ends meet. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1954 MG TF roadster

Styling for the MG TF was updated on the fly in the MG factory
Styling for the MG TF was updated on the fly in the MG factory

It was the end of an era. Sports cars were starting to become more civilized as well as better performing and MG was struggling to keep up. The car that they had planned to replace the aging MG TD, what would become the streamlined MGA, was delayed because of internal politics at the company.

As a result, the industrious British workers at MG did a revamp of the aging MG TD, changing the bodywork and making the car look more modern. They did this not work from drawings or models but with hand tools, beating the panels, setting back the grill and faired the headlights into the fenders. That car became the last of the MG T-series cars, the MG TF.

The TF was the last MG with classic British roadster features
The TF was the last MG with classic British roadster features

The Pick of the Day is a 1954 MG TF roadster that the private seller in Renton, Washington, says has had only two owners since new and has only covered 19,843 original miles. The owner states that this car was stored for many years, but was pulled out in 2000 and received a comprehensive frame-off restoration, which is documented with photos and receipts. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 MGB GT custom V6

A small hood scoop hints at the MGB's horsepower boost lurking under its hood
A discrete hood scoop hints at the MGB’s V6 transplant horsepower boost.

The classic MGB has always been an attractive and affordable choice for sports-car fans, but with one complaint: it could use more power. The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder OHV engine is a sturdy unit with 92 horsepower, but the sleek little B would be better with more.

The Pick of the Day seems to address that issue. It’s a 1971 MGB GT hatchback coupe with a 2.8-liter V6 from a British Ford Capri (sold in the U.S. as a Mercury) transplanted under its hood that brings 150 horsepower to the package. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 MGC roadster

The 1968 MGC roadster is presented in good original condition with less than 50,000 miles
The 1968 MGC roadster is presented in good original condition with less than 50,000 miles

Mourning the loss after 1967 of the popular but dated Austin-Healey 3000, the British Motor Company attempted to fill the gap by adding a new model to the MG lineup, a six-cylinder version of the MGB that was dubbed the MGC. More of a long-legged GT than the sprightly four-cylinder sports car, the MGC was produced for just two model years after a tepid reception by the press and buying public. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 MGB roadster

The 1965 MGB would be an affordable entry into the world of classic sports cars
The 1965 MGB would be an affordable entry into the world of classic sports cars

When the talk turns to affordable classic sports cars, the first one considered is often the MGB, Britain’s most-successful roadster. Hundreds of thousands of them were sold in the U.S. during the 1960s and ’70s, and while  MGB values as collector cars have crept up over the years, they remain quite inexpensive, rarely crossing $20,000 for the very best examples.

The earlier models are the most desirable, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1965 MGB Mark 1 roadster offered by a classic car dealer in Fairfield, California. This MG is a 67,000-mile car that has been thoroughly restored, according to the listing on ClassicCars.com, with fresh red paint and original black-leather interior. And the asking price is just $14,990. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 MGA roadster

The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars
The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars

Summer has arrived, the perfect time for top-down motoring, and one of the best ways to enjoy the wind-in-your-hair experience of a real sports car is behind the wheel of an MG.

The MGA roadster is considered by many to be among the most beautiful of all British roadsters. Amazingly, MGAs are still quite affordable.

A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk
A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk

The MGA is possibly the best mix of vintage and a modern roadster. It offers a vintage sweeping design, an interior in leather that even a 6-foot-plus driver can be comfortable in and enough power to keep up with modern traffic with ease. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1960 MGA roadster

The MGA has one of the sleekest and purest sports-car forms of the 1960s
The MGA has one of the sleekest and purest sports-car forms of the 1960s

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than at the wheel of a vintage British roadster. Wind in the hair driving, along with lusty engine sounds, sharp steering and responsive handling, are the things that make little British sports cars enduring favorites. Continue reading