In late 1967, sufficient changes were introduced for the factory to define a MGB Mark II model. Changes included synchromesh on all 4 gears with revised ratios, an optional Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, a new rear axle and an alternator in place of the dynamo with a change to a negative earth system. To accommodate the new gearboxes there were significant changes to the sheet metal in the floor pan, and a new flat-topped transmission tunnel. All models are rear-wheel drive. Rubery Owen Rostyle wheels were introduced to replace the previous pressed steel versions in 1969 and reclining seats were standardized in 1970. 1971 also saw a new front grille, recessed, in black aluminium. The more traditional-looking polished grille returned in 1972 with a black "honeycomb" insert. 1970 saw split rear bumpers with the number-plate in between, 1971 returned to the earlier five-piece style.
This 1971 MGB Roadster was purchased by the vendor in 1976 from the original owner, with MOT certificates from 1977 to prove the mileage as correct. There is a large file of invoices and service records which also help with the mileage verification. The car is described by the vendor to be in good condition all round except for a few minor items that need a bit of TLC. The car benefited from a respray in 2015 and the engine was upgraded to unleaded specification in 2008. Other upgrades include a single 12 volt battery, Stainless Steel exhaust, battery isolator, The hood was replaced in 1981 by Car Hood (Brighton) Limited and is still in reasonable condition although the zip to the rear window needs replacing as it was in contact with the battery terminals. The original full tonneau cover as well as the small folded roof only cover also are still with the car.
A full re-sill, replace front wings and valence and associated repairs was carried out in 2007 (DVD of works being carried out available); all the parts were supplied by Sussex Classic Car Parts. A button on the dashboard now operates the original horn. The car is described as running well when warmed up, but does not have power assisted steering. It has not been used extensively recently but in the past was used for long journeys. The interior carpets were not replaced after welding and are needed. The last MoT certificate advised that the 'leaf spring had slight wear in a shackle pin and/or nearside rear bush’; there is a not excessive oil leak from gearbox and the gearbox mountings are perishing. However the car runs well and would give a summer of pleasure, with perhaps a little care beneficial in the winter.
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