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Pick of the Day: 1966 MGB roadster in ‘exceptional’ low-mileage condition

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The Pick of the Day is a 1966 MGB roadster, which is described as a rust-free, 35,000-mile mileage example by the Stratford, Connecticut, dealer advertising it on ClassicCars.com.

“All in all, an exceptional MGB, impeccable road manners, lively acceleration, still retains the rare and desirable aluminum bonnet (engine hood), maybe (needs) a bit of engine-bay paintwork … very little else, ready to take to a show,” the dealer says in the ad.

“And as a ready-to-go classic sports car, just about the ideal compromise in price, ease of maintenance and repairs, all-season use, and fun driving.”

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As a longtime MGB owner, it’s with some measure of befuddlement that I witness the continuing lack of respect for these cool little British sports cars, which struggle to gain footing as desirable collector cars and over the past decade have essentially flatlined in value.

No, I never expected to make a killing on what was once my daily driver, yet I believe that these sturdy and enjoyable roadsters and GTs deserve much more love and attention.

But as they say, familiarity breeds contempt, and with hundreds of thousands of MGBs coming over during their 18-year run, they were just too common.  As they got older, they became cheap used cars that all too often fell into the hands of careless, neglectful owners, thus furthering their decline. 

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And when many of today’s collectors were first starting out, an MGB was an easy way to indulge their sports car passion initially, then move up.  Those people now see MGBs as been-there, done-that cars. 

There were 240 MGB roadsters and GTs listed on ClassicCars.com as I searched for this Pick, with the earlier models from 1963 through 1967 having the most value, followed by the DOT-revised MK II cars through mid-1974, then those built through 1980 with large rubber impact bumpers front and rear, plus a raised ride height, to comply with federal safety regulations. 

Model years 1966 and 1967 are considered the sweet spot for MGBs, when problem areas had been pretty much ironed out and before the earliest DOT rules kicked in.   

mgb, Pick of the Day: 1966 MGB roadster in ‘exceptional’ low-mileage condition, ClassicCars.com Journal

This 1966 roadster seems fairly right on, the dealer stating that the very-low mileage has been authenticated and the car shows no signs of rust or body repairs, with nice red paint and “excellent chrome.” The interior also looks good in the photos with the ad.

The car boasts a new pair of SU carburetors, the dealer notes, as well as a fresh radiator, new stainless-steel exhaust system, apparently reconditioned gauges, a recently replaced steering rack and king pins, and an alternator upgrade in place of the original generator.

MGBs are fairly simple, straightforward cars that are sturdy and simple to repair, with ready availability of parts, including modern upgrades, and widespread club support.  And they are totally fun to drive, with a raucous style that is especially great when you get to flog one on a twisting back road.

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Yet their values lag.  Hagerty’s price guide says that one in “good” condition is worth a paltry $9,900, while an “excellent” one is valued at $20,000.  So this “exceptional” MGB’s asking price of $18,900 sounds in the ball park.

And so it goes.  My long-term MGB has shared garage space with other, more-special sports cars over the years, currently a Porsche 356, but it is still driven and enjoyed after my more-than 40 years of ownership.  Maybe I’ll keep it for a while.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

19 COMMENTS

  1. My first car was a 65 that I paid $300 for in 1974. Not a fine example but was fun for this new driver. Something was wrong with the transmission; you had to hold the shifter to use reverse. I still have the brass hammer used for the knock off wire wheels.

  2. I believe MGB’s had a bumper change in 1974. I had a 1973 , last model before the bumper changes. This looks more like a 1973 to me.

  3. Enjoy it for what it is and be thankful that nobody is going to offer you a price you can’t refuse, leaving you and your 40 year companion separated.

  4. The drivers seat has a lot of wrinkles. Was new foam not installed before seat cover?
    Is the car in CT? Or where czn it be seen?

  5. Great little car. I own a 74 MGB and it’s great car to drive especially on windy roads. The 66 you have written about seems to be a fantastic example, but even with the low miles it seems to me at least a bit over priced.

  6. I owned a 1966 for five years in the Colorado mountains. The early Bs are good looking and offer spirited driving and handling. Make sure the engine is a 5 main bearing engine (superior to a 3 main). They were swapped often. It was a bit cramped for my over 6 foot frame. This looks to be a fairly nice car but the grill is indeed wrong. They are not difficult to maintain and keeping them on the road is half the fun!

  7. I have owned 2 MGAs and 6 ‘Bs, and yes, it’s an affliction. My last was a ’74 chrome bumper B that I did a rotisserie restoration on. Thousands of hours and $ later it was complete, to my satisfaction. Unfortunately, life stepped in and my new long-legged wife wasn’t fond of it, so reluctantly I sold it, of course at a ridiculous loss. I have fond memories of driving CA Hwy 1, north of Mendocino with wild abandon, as fast as I could go. So fun and responsive to drive. And yes, sometimes they could be a pain. But I love them nonetheless.

  8. I’ve had my ‘67 B for 38 years now. It’s a “10 footer”, but mechanically very strong. I put about 600-700 miles per month on it, top is always down. The “metal dash” cars are still the best, if you can find one that’s not a rust bucket. Easy to work on yourself, all parts available. I can’t go to the grocery store, hardware store, gas station, etc, without someone saying something about the car, and wanting to share a “story” from their past about a MGB from their youth.

  9. I love MGB’s, both the roadster and the GT coupe. It doesn’t bother me at all that the prices are low, that just makes it easier for more people to be able to buy and enjoy these wonderfully fun little sports cars. I would advise anyone to buy the the best car you can afford. With decent drivers being available all day for the $10k price range it should not be difficult to get into one.

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