1974 MGB GT V8 ROAD RACE CAR
Year : 1974 - 3rd June 1974
Make : MG
Model : B GT V8
Colour : Green
Body Type : Sports
Transmission : Manual
Engine : 4,600 cc V8
Power Output : 350 BHP
Doors : 2
Fuel : Petrol
Price : £SOLD
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A factory V8; current owner since 1982; a well sorted track car that has been steadily developed over the years;
4.6 V8 race engine with 350bhp and 357lb/ft; Borg Warner T5 box; Quaife differential; Wilwood brakes; rear roll cage; road legal with current MOT.
This MGB GT V8 was first registered in June 1974 and is a genuine factory produced model which makes it quite rare: according to the V8 Register, only 2,601 MGB GT V8s were built between December 1972 and July 1976, this car being number 1699 which makes it one of the last chrome bumper models.
It has had five owners to date, the last vendor acquiring it way back in 1982.
During his long ownership the car has been modified for use as a road legal competition car, suitable for use in sprints, hillclimbs and other events.
In 1994 and 1995 the car was entered into the ‘road-going modified class’ of the Peter Best Phoenix Petroleum Challenge, winning the event both times and also winning the National Championship outright in 1995.
The car was always driven to and from events and comes with an album of photos showing it competing at venues like Silverstone, Cadwell Park, Castle Coombe, Donnington Park etc, where it often came 1st in Class.
There are invoices on file for work done to the car in June 2005 by MG Motorsport of Bovingdon, Herts. This included a full body restoration with various new panels; rear arches slightly pulled out to accommodate wider tyres; MG special tuning front and rear spoilers; louvred bonnet; reinforced suspension pick-up points; tow points front and rear and a bare metal repaint, the bill for this lot coming to £8,508.
Documents on file state that the car was race prepared by Beer of Houghton as recently as March 2015.
The engine currently in the car was built by JE Developments in February 2013 with Stage 1 heads, fuel injection and various other upgrades, a rolling road dyno sheet confirming that it is a 4,601cc Rover V8 which produces 350bhp and 357lb/ft.
Since the engine was built, it would appear from the MOT history and the odometer that the car has only covered around 6,500 miles.
The gearbox is a Borg Warner T5 (five-speed). The rear axle is a standard MGB V8 unit with a Quaife differential and anti-tramp bars. The suspension is conventional MGB V8 with various aspects uprated for competition use.
The brakes have uprated AP discs with Wilwood four-pot calipers at the front, while the rear has standard drums with uprated shoe material. There is also a brake bias bar although this is not adjustable from inside the car once set.
The car has various other competition features such as Riguard bucket seats; Schroth race harnesses; rear roll cage; RaceTech instruments; Mocal oil cooler; inboard fuel lines; 15” Minilite alloy wheels shod with nearly new Uniroyal RainSport tyres; plumbed-in fire extinguisher; electric cut-off switch etc.
It also appears to have a DTA Race Electronics engine management system with a user manual and various power cables/connectors.
There is also a user manual for the RaceTech instruments. I am told that it also has a Tracker theft recovery system fitted (lifetime subscription).
Previously registered as ATU 869M, it became 8204 MG in December 2015 but this number is being retained and the car was purchased with the registration number CCA 396M, as shown on the current V5C which records it as an MGB GT V8 with Historic Vehicle tax status and 4,600cc capacity.
CCA 396M has recently been serviced and has a no advisories recorded MOT until 9th February 2024.