A car we sold a few years ago, changed hands and now back in our showroom.
Was a very clean, rust free example when we first purchased it. Sold to a new owner who then had us do a LOT of improvement work: pulled engine, stripped bottom end, replaced main and rod bearings (a bit worn but not worn out and with a perfect crankshaft), replaced the oil pump (again, not needed but 'why not?'), new clutch and balanced flywheel, of most importance, installed a freshly rebuilt very close ratio Datsun 280ZX five speed transmission. AND WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
See, while the standard MGB gearbox is rugged, shifts well, and is entirely suited to the car, there is a multitude of improvements with the five speed: first of all the obvious, freshly rebuilt. Second, of course, a true fifth speed for more pleasant highway cruising, ALSO much closer ratios, ideal for spirited driving and actually closer than the BMC competition gear sets, AND the way it is configured, the trans can be removed without removing the engine. A very significant improvement to ease repairs and general service.
What else? Wire wheels with 175 radials, new convertible top, excellent interior in contrasting camel, brakes gone through, all new engine hoses, fittings, fan belt, very good body and older but still very presentable maroon paint, new wood dash and steering wheel, oil cooler, Weber 32/36 DGV carb and improved intake and exhaust manifolds, excellent wiring, new radiator....even hydraulic bonnet lifts.
A lively 5 speed MGB is a very nice blend of a classic sports car with one that 'feels' like a modern sports car. And easy to service and maintain, parts are generally inexpensive, and best of all, driving a little sports car, one can save on speeding tickets 'cause 70mph in an MGB feels like its going much faster.Click for legal info