Toilet Paper Tell-All: 1972 MGB GT – SOLD!

by | May 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

May 16, 2021 Update – While we’re not sure whether the toilet paper hoarding picture had anything to do with it, we just confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

New Car Photography Rule: if you’re going to hoard toilet paper, that’s your business. Don’t make it everyone else’s when you photograph your car for sale. Unfortunately, we can’t take our eyes off the seven cases (230 rolls) tucked to the side in the one garage picture of this otherwise beautiful and rare all-blue 1972 MGB GT originally listed in May 2021 on Craiglist in Chester, New Jersey with an asking price of $19,999. The Collector Car Market Review indicates the current asking is $1,700 higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $18,200. Meanwhile, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $15,200 and its #1 Concours appraisal of $22,000.

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 the 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, the host of Wheeler Dealers, provides a great overview of the MG MGB GT on this video currently posted on YouTube:

Between the leather interior and very desirable 5-speed manual transmission upgrade, there’s a lot to like about this MGB GT. 

Here’s the seller’s one-sentence description:

“1972 MG BGT Hatchback Coupe Teal Blue/Blue Leather. A Rare Beautiful Chrome Bumper Rust-free West Coast Example Restored with quality Paint/Interior Restored w/All New Leather Seating Surfaces w/new correct weave carpets and new door cards, brakes cylinder, alternator, water pump, fuel pump and carbs redone, very low 71k orig miles a prior one woman owner Washington State example (documented), 5k cost to professionally upgraded to 5 Speed Rivergate Manual Transmission (makes a huge difference), engine runs smooth as glass, drives with excellence very precise steering no play, exc. chrome and glass, orig radio in console, modern radio in glove, full correct spare etc, radials and correct wheels, turn-key example for local events or enjoy an appreciating British classic getting very hard to find over 30 invested. Price $19,999.00 firm priced well below the classic car price guide values please check before contacting no test pilots, time-wasters or lookers please private owner sale title is in my name.”

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