Christmas Colored: 1966 MG MGB GT 49K Mile Survivor – Listing Expired
October 16th Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330
Most MGs we come across worth featuring easily fit into our Sports Car Saturday theme. However, this slick-top version of the MGB, the GT, listed recently on Craigslist in Wethersfield, Connecticut is a notable exception due to the fixed roof. Offered for sale with an asking price of $17,000, a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this the second owner has his GT priced between the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $25,300 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $15,600.
Morris Garages (better known simply as “MG”) launched their fixed-roof version of the MGB in October 1965 and labeled it the “GT.” While the production of GTs continued alongside the MGB roadster through 1980, export to the US ceased in 1974. The MGB GT sported a ground-breaking greenhouse designed by Pininfarina and launched the sporty “hatchback” style. By combining the sloping rear window with the rear deck lid, the B GT offered the utility of a station wagon while retaining the style and shape of a coupe. This new configuration was a 2+2 design with a right-angled rear bench seat and far more luggage space than in the roadster. Relatively few components differed, although the MGB GT did receive different suspension springs and anti-roll bars and a different windscreen which was more easily and inexpensively serviceable. Although acceleration of the GT was slightly slower than that of the roadster, owing to its increased weight, top speed improved by 5 mph to 105 mph due to better aerodynamics.
Mike Brewer, host of Wheeler Dealers, provides a great overview of the MG MGB GT:
We prefer original survivors to restored cars and the combination of only two owners, 49K original miles, and the fact this GT was a California car up until only nine years ago spells a winning formula in our book. The unique British Racing Green over red leather is another bonus that will get you and your GT noticed even at a crowded British Car themed event. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“CA car where it lived it’s first 45 years. I am the second owner. Very original unmolested car. Only 49,000 miles. Looks and runs great. Brand new whitewall tires on new wire wheels. Very clean. No rust, no oil leaks. Wood steering wheel. Working original BMC AM radio. Must see to appreciate. Won’t find a nicer original MG!“
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