Opaque Orange: 1963 MG MGB Mk1 Roadster – Sold?

by | Oct 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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November 4, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

October 6, 2022 Update – Eight days after lowering their asking price by $1,500, the private seller just lowered it again by another $500 to $5,500. we sense a very motivated seller.

October 6, 2022 Update – The private seller of this vintage MGB just lowered their asking price from the original ask of $7,500 to $6,000.

Chrome bumpers, wire wheels, an unpadded dashboard, leather seats, and a wood steering wheel.  These are the qualities that make the early “Pull Handle” Mk1 MGBs a bit more desirable than the later Malaise Era (1972 1984) “Rubber Bumper” examples.  This driver-quality, orange over black, 1963 MGB Mk1 Roadster was once listed in September 2022 on Craigslist in Northwest Houston, Texas.  In what appears to be a solid body example, the seller reports nearly six thousand dollars have been spent recently on various new parts.

Once offered for $5,500 (the original ask was $7,500), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the low end of the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for similar 1963 MGBs.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the ‘B featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $4,800 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $9,050.

Morris Garages, better known simply as “MG”, marketed the MGB sports car from 1962 through 1980.  During that time, MG had two parent companies. British Motor Corporation (“BMC”) was the first until that company later merged as part of the Austin-Morris division of what would become British Leyland.

While MG offered several rare variants such as the MGB GT three-door 2+2 coupé (1965–1980), the six-cylinder MGC (1967–69), and the eight-cylinder 2+2 coupé, the MGB GT V8 (1973–76), the vast majority of MGBs left the Abington factory as four-cylinder-powered, two-door convertible sports cars.

When it launched in 1962, the MGB was a very modern redesign over the MGA it replaced.  Unlike the body-on-frame MGA, MG engineers designed the MGB utilizing a monocoque structure.  The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. By making better use of space the MGB offered more passenger and luggage accommodation than its predecessor despite being three inches shorter overall. Wind-up windows were standard, and a comfortable driver’s compartment offered plenty of legroom. A parcel shelf was fitted behind the seats.

The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph impact with an immovable barrier.   The suspension was also softer, giving a smoother ride, and the larger engine gave a slightly higher top speed. The four-speed gearbox was an uprated version of the one used in the MGA with an optional, electrically activated, overdrive transmission. Wheel diameter dropped from 15 to 14 inches.

All four-cylinder-powered MGBs used BMC’s B-Series engine.  This engine was essentially an enlarged version of that used in the MGA with displacement being increased from 1,622 to 1,798 cc. The earlier cars used a three-main-bearing crankshaft, 18G-series. In February 1964 positive crank-case breathing was introduced and the engine prefix changed to 18GA, until October 1964, when a five-bearing crankshaft design was introduced, the engine prefix became 18GB. Horsepower was rated at 95 net brake horsepower on both five-main-bearing and earlier three-bearing cars with peak power coming at 5,400 rpm with a 6,000 rpm redline. Torque output on the MGB had a peak of 110 lb-ft and fuel consumption was around 25 mpg.

The Just Cars YouTube Channel features this video of a restored 1963 MGB Mk1 Roadster:

If you prefer the look and simplicity of early pull-handle MGs, this 1963 MGB Mk1 Roadster might be the car for you. Based on all of the new parts the seller listed, it’s safe to assume you can enjoy this MGB all fall before tackling anything else the car might need over the winter.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Very early pull handle MGB. Runs and drives well. Good paint, a nice interior, and a clean engine. Lots of new parts. New wheel bearings, hubs and brakes, rotors all round, intake Weber carb, alternator, radiator, fuel tank, seats, windshield, new convertible top, tires, and much more total $6,000 in parts.

Show or Go: What would you do with this 1963 MG MGB Mk1 Roadster?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Marlon

    I am the purchaser of this car, in fact I had it shipped from Texas to Colorado and it arrived here on Friday, November 4 2022. The description and condition of the car is spot on, with only one problem noted so far. . There are no dash lights working at the present time, but should be an easy fix, a small winter project that will become an enjoyable summer ride in a few short months! Very pleased I was able to purchase this MGB


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