Where it Goes, Nobody Knows: 1-Owner 1973 MG MGB GT 4-Speed

  • February 23, 2021
The Rundown
  • Definitive 1960s-70s British Sports Car
  • Rare Offering at Auction w/ No Reserve
  • Celebrated Pininfarina-Styled GT Model
  • 1.8L Twin-Carb Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Desirable 4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Why We Like It

Debuted at the October 1962 London Motor Show, the MGB succeeded the MGA, Abingdon’s first “modern” sports car. Featuring bold and totally modern design, the MGB went on to become Britain’s most successful sports car, with some 515k units produced through 1980. Racing success was strong and helped propel sales, including a class win and 11th overall at the 12-Hours of Sebring in 1967. Today, the MGB remains as popular as ever, thanks to plentiful parts, a strong and knowledgeable enthusiast base, clean good looks, and sheer fun factor. The fixed-roof MGB GT was styled by Pininfarina and introduced for 1965 and built through 1980. Adding all-weather comfort and usability to the beloved MGB Convertible, the GT stands the test of time for its effective design.

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where-it-goes-nobody-knows-1-owner-1973-mg-mgb-gt-4-speed00o0o 8LD5fjnXO7Wz 0CI0t2 1200x900Offered at auction without reserve to the highest bidder, this 1973 MGB GT was acquired by the seller from the original owner. They advise it’s been a Colorado car its entire life and has always been garage-kept. It comes with all the original books, a window sticker, original pink slip, dealer option list, and many more items from when the car was new. Features include a highly desired 4-speed manual transmission, this MGB GT is freshly serviced, including an oil change using high-zinc oil and a new oil filter, gas tank flush, carburetor cleaning, and carburetor adjustment. The seller also advises the clutch was replaced just 100 miles ago and the car is running and driving fabulously. Fast, fun, great looking, documented, and ready to go, this is one MGB GT to enjoy. It’s also from the last model year for the more attractive chrome bumpers.

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Valuation Verdict

The MGB GT was popular with buyers and continues to deliver great looks and all-weather fun. Some 173k units were produced between 1965-‘80, helping keep prices down, but they’re the ideal affordable collector car and likely one of the best choices for novice and experienced collectors alike. Having said that, high-quality, solid, rust-free cars are scarce, and this one looks great and sounds like a quality example that demands further attention. Being offered at auction without reserve, it’ll represent fair market pricing when it sells, and it will be interesting to see how it performs. If it were us, we’d like to spend about $7k-$10k on the car and we’d feel like we made out pretty good, maybe even a bit more if the bidding competition was fierce.

People reacted to this car
There's some rust visible on the fenders and rocker panels, doesn't look too bad but there's usually more that you can't see. I like that it comes with all the documentation and even the window sticker, that's pretty rare for these cars. That being said, it's a non-original paint color, and there's black primer visible in a number of places which is questionable. The headliner is in poor shape and is expensive to replace, and I see a number of other minor issues that should be corrected. Overall I think this would probably be a good buy at about $5k. $7-10K seems like a bit of a reach.
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