MGB Devin Vintage Kit Car Project

Price: - Item location: Santa Paula, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: MG
  • Model: MGB
  • SubModel: Devin
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1974
  • Mileage: 50,000
  • VIN: Missing VIN plate
  • Engine size: 1800
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Salvage
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1974 MG MGB

The Devin was a fiberglass kit car body that was available from the 50's thru the 60's. Devin's were all basically the same look but could be had with slightly different widths and lengths to fit a wide variety of chassis.This particular body was found in a dilapidated garage and was somewhat bent and cracked due to improper storage. It had never been mounted or painted. It was subsequently straightened and patched to fit on an MGB.All the early Devin's are very "shallow" and the cowl and doors on the MGB were lowered (sectioned) 3" to make it fit. The shortened doors got new skins to eliminate the MGB belt line feature. The internal side impact bars were retained. (These steel doors will be far superior to the original flimsy fiberglass ones if there is ever an accident).In addition, the lower portion of the Devin body was cut and another 2" added to match the MGB depth. Mounts were made using glassed in plywood (trunk area) of steel supports (engine bay). The rear section also needed to be widened to fit the rear wheels within the wells. Additional mounts will be needed to make the body truly rigid and rattle free.The MGB donor came without a VIN plate but it appears to be a rubber bumper car (1974 is a guess) although the wheels and transmission are earlier. The chassis is generally rust free except for some quarter sized holes in the passenger foot well. All the original fenders were unbolted or cut away to leave just a bare frame and cowl. The doors open and close just like the originals using the stock MGB hardware. The steering location has been adjusted to fit the Devin dash and is hooked up and working. The original MGB folding top mounts are still in place and this would allow a stock convertible top to be added. The folding frame is included.The donor was mostly complete and all the extras (pictured) come with the project. The motor and transmission will both need rebuilding. I will furnish a bill of sale.As an aside, the car is sitting high in the pics due to a combination of the much lighter fiberglass body and the lack of an installed drivetrain, gas tank, interior, etc. The final finished height should be similar to a standard MGB.I no longer have the time and energy to finish this project. I'm letting it go to someone who will get it done and enjoy it!