In 1962 Morris Garages, better known as simply “MG”, introduced its new MGB. While mechanically similar to the car it replaced, the new MGB incorporated modern unit body construction (the MGA used body-on-frame) that featured roll up windows. By making better use of space the MGB offered more passenger and luggage space than the MGA despite being three inches shorter in overall length. The modern design proved popular over the years and with minor changes the MG remained in production through model year 1980, making it Great Britain’s best selling medium sized sports car of all time.
The 47K mile, black over red 1968 MGB featured here represents the Mark II’s second year of production. Mark II features include a full synchromesh transmission all four gears with revised ratios, an alternator in place of a generator, and a change to the more common negative ground electrical system. US safety features for 1968 include a plastic and foam covered safety dashboard nicknamed the “Abingdon Pillow” and an upgrade to dual circuit brakes.
Power for this MGB is from a five-bearing-crank 18B 1.8L engine topped with twin 1.5-inch SU carburetors that were recently rebuilt. The seller states that this car features an engine rebuild less than five thousand miles ago that was upgraded with a ¼ racing cam, flat pistons, shaved head, headers, and a flow-through stainless exhaust that provide better performance over stock.
Based on the seller’s pictures, the body appears straight with good panels gaps. The seller states that the car features recently replaced inner and outer rocker panels and floors, however its hard to tell from the pictures how good the repainted rockers match the rest of the exterior. The seller also mentions that he installed Dynamat sound and heat deadening material throughout the cockpit, which vastly improves interior comfort over stock. The seller also coated the entire undercarriage with pickeled
POR-15 rust proofing paint.
We love the classic look of these older MGBs, and Black-over-Red color combination, knock-off wire wires, fully removable top, and simple chrome bumpers of this example only add to it. In addition to all of the upgrades, the seller states this car was once owned by Frank McCourt, author of the novel Angela’s Ashes, however it’s not clear from the seller’s ad whether he can provide proof to add to the car’s provenance.
This MG includes a black tonneau and white convertible top in addition to the original exhaust manifold and tool kit. The seller is asking $13,900 and you can find the car near Southbury, Connecticut on Craigslist.