By Lizzie Pope
Classic and Sports Car.
Emerging after 37 years in a woodshed, this 106-mile, one-owner MGB GT is a rather special find and presents its next custodian with the chance to own an as-new example of this much-loved classic.
Chassis number GVGEJ1AG517027 is expected to sell for £11-13,000 at H&H Classics’ Duxford auction on 20 March.
There can’t be many MGBs left like this.
This car was sold by the Stratton Motor Company’s Roger Bennington in 1982 to its one and only owner, then was put away, and that’s it – until now.
Bennington still remembers the transaction because it was a cash sale, while the MG’s owner recalls asking the dealer to underseal the car – which suggests he intended to use it.
Despite this, it has not been on the road since. Its lack of use is proven by the Leyland sticker you’ll notice on the back of its diff, while its original Dunlops are well-treaded; however while they may hold their air, anyone planning to drive it would be advised to fit new tyres.
It also retains its factory markings under the rear seat and bonnet, its toolkit, spare wheel and yet-to-be-used radio fitting kit are in place, untouched, and the MG’s spare key is affixed to the bulkhead.
And, as you can see from the photos, it doesn’t wear number plates. It was issued with the registration number 'VEX 44X' but the dealership-branded plates haven’t yet been drilled for fitment.
In fact, its owner reckons it’s just one deep clean away from being factory fresh.
“The lowest mileage and most original MGB GT that we have encountered and a one-owner car to boot,” said Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics. “Go find another!”