(introductory music) – My name’s Danny Hopkins and I’m editor of Practical
Classics magazine. This is the MGB and this particular one is an MGB GT with the fantastic roof line,
designed by Pininfarina. The MGB itself can be divided into four different subsections. They either came as GT’s or Roadsters and they either came with chrome
bumpers or rubber bumpers. Now, within those four subsections, there are more subsections but, those are the four main ones
you have to choose from. They’re fantastic cars and they are very, very desirable, particularly
the chrome bumper cars. But, the later rubber
bumper cars, themselves, are beginning to creep up in value and that’s why we’ve got one here because that’s where the
bargains can be found. This particular one is a Jubilee version, produced in 1975 to mark 50 years of MG. I think it’s particularly good looking. I like the way that the
gold stripe breaks up the side flanks of the car. Also, reduces the impact
of those impact-absorbing bumpers at the end. The MG BVA wheels are
great in black and gold. It really is an imposing car. It looks great on the road, even with its slightly raised ride height. All rubber bumper cars had that. But, I think they’re a great package and if you’re looking to get
into classic car ownership, you could do a lot worse
than to start right here. Anyway, this particular car, is applicable across the range. It doesn’t matter whether
it’s a rubber bumper or an early car, the same rules apply, particularly when you’re checking on the body and that’s what I’m gonna do right now. The first thing you should do, if possible, take the wheel off. If you can’t, stick your
hand up underneath here and have a feel on the inner where there’s a sort of ledge halfway up. Feel around on the top of that. It’s an absolutely brilliant rust spot and if that’s gone, then it’s likely that the box section inside it is gone too and that is a big bill. You wanna come down here and
then check the seals next. MGB’s rely on their seals
for their integral strength. It’s an absolutely essential part, particularly on the Roadster. They also rust and that
means you have to check really carefully all along. If you’ve got a magnet,
put it in your sock, run it along the seal and make sure that it’s sticking to
metal all the way along. If it doesn’t, that means
there’s plastic in there. Again, big bill. Walk away. If you need any more reassurance, check the door gaps,
particularly on Roadsters. If the door gaps uneven, that means the whole car could have sagged and that is a massive bill. You’ll be into a restoration and I’d say walk away. Finally, the dog leg
section at the back here. Again, if there’s any rust
on the outside of that, it means there’s probably
something going on inside as well. You could be into another big bill. If you can, get your MGB up in the air. Have a look underneath. Have a look at the shatty rails. If those shatty rails are corroded anywhere near the springs,
that’s an MOT failure. But also, if it is corroded, that means that there’s probably more rust lurking elsewhere as well. You could be into a big
restoration project there yourself. Unfortunately, you’ve gotta
do it like that because, like most British sports
cars, the MGB rusts for fun. So, once you’ve done
your cold engine checks, you’ve checked inside the oil
filler cap for mayonnaise. You’ve checked inside the radiator to make sure that oil
and water hasn’t mixed. You’ve checked that all the
wires are where they should be and everything’s in a good condition. Check for any evidence of leaks. It’s time to get inside the car and as you can see, the MG BGT
has got a fantastic cockpit. Very atmospheric, very
simple dashboard layouts. This particular one has got a plaque here. These special edition cars
often came with plaques giving the car number because, this is obviously a jubilee. They’re produced in limited numbers, as well as the limited edition, which is the runout model in 1980. But, above all and beyond, the most important thing about the MG BGT is that you should use it and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do now. So, we’ll start the engine first. That’s a very distinctive
note that the MGB has got, that lovely, kinda long, long stroke, sort of throaty verbal. Again, some MGB engines
sound a bit tappity. Don’t worry about it being tappity. It’s not a problem. They’re prone to that. What you should listen
for is deep rumbles. Keep an eye out the back as well, for blue smoke as well. Worth checking in with the
person selling the car too, whether it’s been converted for use on unleaded petrol. Again, it’s not an alloy head. So, that needs to be done at some point. But, as long as there’s nothing obvious and this one sounds particularly sweet, no reason why you
shouldn’t go for a drive. So, shall we? The MGB should feel like a car that you should be able to
do serious distances in. It’s comfortable. It’s tight. It’s got a lovely classic feel. And it’s not slow either. Tight in the corners,
rack and pinion steering. It’s not going to feel vague and if it does, you need to ask why. Most MGB’s that you’ll
find will come with, particularly the rubber bumper cars, with overdrive. If it doesn’t work, it’s
probably a solenoid. If it isn’t the solenoid,
you might find yourself with a little bit more
expenditure on the cards. It’s worth, if I was gonna sell it, to have a little tweak if
the overdrive doesn’t work. On this car, the
overdrive is on the stock. You pull it back towards
yourself to activate it. On some of the later
cars, the overdrive switch is on top of the gear
and then you’ve gotta click it backwards and forwards. All in all though, it’s fun, it’s simple, easy to live with and in
the rubber bumper car, you will be in a classic vehicle for next to no money and that’s good value in anybody’s book. I drive an MGB. It gets me to work most days. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. (engine revving)