1972 MGB with under 52k miles - repairable / restorable

Price: - Item location: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
  • Make: MG
  • Model: MGB
  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 52000
  • VIN: 2032780751
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1972 MG MGB

This auction is for one 1972 MGB, and some parts as described below.
Local pickup only, but I can help you load the car, etc. Located in Deposit, NY.
This can be considered a barn find.

The odomoter reads just under 52,000 miles, and I believe that is accurate.
Has the standard manual transmission, not an overdrive trans (see my other auctions for a 1972 MGB with overdrive).
Engine turns, the starter, alternator, and water pump all work, and the engine oil and plug wires appear newer; it as if someone had just given it a tune up of sorts before parking it. Under the oil fillercap, valve and metal looks like it has been used recently.
Currently has a spark issue which I am attempting to troubleshoot, but I have run out of time. If car doesn't sell, will try to fix it up further, test other systems.
Brake shoes / pads front and rear appear relatively new, not sure the brakes work as the car has only been rollable.

Car could be made into a daily driver, or restored.

I believe I can register this car in Connecticut (CT) on a Bill of Sale, then transfer the title (which will be a registration acting as title as I believe CT doesn't issue titles for such older cars) whichcould allow you to title it in your state. If that is preferable, please add $300 to the selling price, as that takes much time and some $. Otherwise I can do a simple CT Bill of Sale with the CT forms theyprovide (no extra charge).
Prior owner is a friend, another option is to use a "NY State Registration Document" which they can sign (apparently if it is marked "transferrable"), but the last NY registration appears to be from 2004. This optionwould be free to you if feasible. Don't know if that is an issue for you, best to check with your home state, but these are all the options I can think of.


CAVEATS:
While I was jacking this up, a badly placed jack stand went through the driver's side floor footwell.
This area was rusty (see photos), and a tear in the clean metal behind the foot pedals appeared, but the front subframe on either side is holding the car up well.
Tear and floor should be repairable with either a weld or a patch with rivets, new floor section, etc.
Will need a new fuel pump, or use the aftermarket one I'm including.
Likely best a new fuel tank, although there are no signs of leaks in the existing tank.
I'm unsure of the condition of the carbs. As you can see I have the air cleaners off.
Ignition wiring works otherwise, unsure of other wiring.
Will need a folding top, auction will come with frame.
Tires hold air, but should be considered shop tires only... will come with 4 wheels (4 tires on rims) and one spare rim.
Seems to have been repainted to maroon with 1980's MGB white side stripes, over the original mustard / orange color.

Passenger side floor and sills have surface rust... driver side has sill issues / holes and the lower driver side fender is loose. See garish photos!Under door photo is typical condition of both doors' undersides.
I have many other underside and under hood / trunk, etc. photos... just email me here with a region you would like to see more of and I'll email a photo if I have it.


PARTS INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION:
Air cleaner housing not shown.
NOS sheet metal sills, I believe there is an inner and outer sill, or two outer sills. I think labels say "British Motor Heritage" parts. Will try to update this description but I doubt I will have time (no photo).
New spark plugs, cap, rotor, plug wires. New or newer coil. (no photo)
Also includes an after market electric fuel pump (no photo).
Convertible / folding top frame (no photo), which is out of the car, which is dirty but may clean up nicely. Useable, worst case will need some wire brushing.
If you would like an overdrive transmission for this car, please see my other 1972 MGB auction on eBay.

A fiberglass hard top may be available... may sell to a friend, if not, I'll list separately on eBay.