This very original and genuine specification MGB was purchased locally in December 1990 by a private collector from the Poole area, a long standing member of the Bournemouth and Poole MG Owners Club.
The advertisement reported it had recently had a bare metal respray, and in a valuation by the secretary of the MG Owners Club in 1988 it was stated it had been totally rebuilt and re-trimmed. Also the engine, whilst original, had been rebuilt to A1 standard condition. The leather seats have been renewed to original condition by Barry Chapel and Kevin Baggs. The whole interior now having a lovely period patina including the original crackle finish painted dashboard.
Mainly enjoyed at weekends and for outings on sunny days only, and with regular appearances at local car shows, Bournemouth and Poole Preservation Club, Poole Bay Classics and Wessex Vehicle Preservation Club road runs, it could occasionally be seen parked proudly on the forecourt of the owners shop opposite Barclays House in Poole town centre.
Only 11,000 miles have been covered in the continuous 28 years of ownership, with a full file of MOT certificates, tax discs and bills to add to the provenance of this exceptional example, finished in the ultimate colour and trim combination. Exceptionally and diligently maintained, Waxoyl treated and stored in a dehumidified garage it has been very reliable and is ready to be enjoyed by the next keeper.
The last MOT expired in May 2018, the car having not been driven for over a year due to the owner’s illness. However the car was continuously connected to a trickle charger to ensure the battery is in good working order. It is understood the owner was particular proud of the results of the upgraded suspension and handling kit fitted in 2016, something he had wanted to do to finish the car for many years. Unfortunately the history does not include all of the receipts for this finishing touch, however it does ensures JB 8354 is a standout collection quality example of MGB that is fantastic to drive. She sits on a matching set of quality tyres and was periodically started and checked over by the regular mechanic, now reluctantly offered for sale by the Executor.
The original workshop manuals have been well used over the past 50 years and are included in the boot of the car, along with books about the MGB and history of the MG marque which will hopefully be enjoyed by the new owner along with the car. SPARE WHEEL, tools and jack, are also in the boot along with the original steering wheel.
Auctioneers notes: This is a very fine example of an early MG B GT. It is the right colour and the right spec including wire wheels, overdrive, leather, sunroof (Webasto Style), wood rimmed steering wheel, heated rear screen and a good history file. She looks to be in 1st class order and has been owned by the family since 1990, sadly a bereavement now forces a sale. May be viewed by appointment.