1970 MGB Roadster w Overdrive

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1970 MG MGB
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Category  Foreign Cars

1970 MG-B Roadster This car was owned for several years by the Owl's Head Museum in ME. It was sold at auction in 2007 to a man who brought the car down to Key West, FL. He spent a good deal of money on the car which included a complete strip and repaint in the Pearlescent Primrose yellow she currently wears, the wire wheels and wide white walls. Normally I wouldn't think wide whites would work on an MG but they look surprisingly good with this color combo. The Florida owner did all .....
this work and then hardly drove it and sold it to the current owner here in CT. The current owner is an engineer and rather particular about his vehicles, so when he purchased it, he went through it and made sure everything was top notch. Over the last few years he has put several thousand miles on her (she currently shows just over 21,000 miles, that is believed to be correct/actual). He purchased with the paint and wheels/tires and a new canvas top. Since then he has had the 4 cylinder 1800 engine rebuilt and fit it with a 2bbl downdraft Weber carburetor with K&N filter. The transmission and overdrive were rebuilt by Quantum Mechanix here in CT, which included a new clutch, pressure plate and throw-out bearing. He replaced the heater core, installed LED taillights, Petronix ignition, new motor and tranny mounts, replaced both horns, relays for head lights, new rear engine seal, new tinted windshield, rear brakes have been replaced. Just recently he had the entire front suspension rebuilt which included bushings, swing arm shocks, rotors and calipers. The master cylinder and slave cylinder ave been recently replaced along with a new oil cooler, rebuilt starter and re-cored radiator. A book of receipts comes with the car, documenting all the work that has been done to the car. The interior is shod in black leather seats with white piping (the piping shows a couple of splits), padded dash, Sony stereo/CD/MP3 player; all electrics work. The trunk is fully carpeted and under the bonnet is fully detailed. This car has been shown throughout New England and has taken many trophies in her tenure with this current owner... If you ask nicely, he might send one or two along with the car. There are a couple of very small kinks in this wonderful car's armor... On the right rear wheel well there are two bubbles in the paint. As this car hasn't even seen rain in the last nearly 20 years, it's probably not rust but some of the prep work starting to come through. The opposite wheel well also has some nearly indiscernible delamination starting and there is a small crack in the chrome on the left rear bumper. There is no rust on the car, the floors, castle rails, sills and wings are all in near perfect condition. She runs and drives superbly, looks awesome and CAN be taken out to a show and come home with a trophy. Asking price on her is a very reasonable $14,900 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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