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1974 MG BGT V8



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"I recently purchased a vehicle from Jesmond and found the whole process to be a great experience. I found Jesmond to be a very obliging and forthright person to deal with and felt quite quickly, that he is a man of integrity. He was very accommodating and allowed me all the time I required in making my purchase, never at any time did I feel pressured or unduly influenced in any way. Having said that he did take the time to find out what my needs and wants were regarding my vehicle purchase and was able to steer me on the right path with his vast knowledge of European cars until I was able to decide clearly what it was that I wanted. Once I had made my choice of vehicle he supplied me with all of the relevant history on it (where it originated from, work history etc) and familiarised me with the vehicle covering its performance and general running and how to get the best out of it. He encouraged me to get a check on the car prior to purchase and informed me of the best agents and automotive engineers that were locally available. His obvious love and passion for his vehicles and European vehicles in general came across strongly and only enhanced my faith in him and the car I was considering to purchase. When the sale was made and upon uplifting the vehicle I was delighted to find a full tank and a bottle of wine included. A nice touch. In short I found Jesmond a very professional and amiable person to deal with and would have no hesitation doing further business with him and would recommend him to anyone that could benefit from what he has to offer."
David Dowell, North Canterbury, New Zealand



      MG V-8's can be divided into two distinct categories, the factory cars, which were built from 1973 – 76, and the more numerous “conversions” which have transplanted V-8 engines.

      During the period from 1973 to 1976, almost 2,600 MGB/GT V-8's rolled out of the Abingdon plant. The cars were powered by the Rover 3.5 liter aluminum V-8, which was a descendant of the Buick/Olds 215 engine. A specially designed four-speed MG transmission was used, with Laycock overdrive fitted as standard equipment. The rear end gearing was changed from the MGB's 3.9:1 to a lower 3.07:1 which could take advantage of the V-8's torque while delivering much improved highway cruising RPMs and gas mileage.


      • Well maintained car by British Car & MG specialists – various service records and maintenance history available with car.
      • Original Driver's handbook, MGB parts book and various MG V8 Register workshop notebooks available with car.
      • This is a FACTORY V8, MATCHING NUMBERS car - in simple words - THE REAL McCOY!
      • Wheels exclusive to the V8 model - pretty much new tires.
      • Engine and transmission have both been stripped down and fully rebuilt (circa 1990). In the case of the engine, this rebuilt involved new cam followers (hydraulic tappets), a new camshaft as well as the usual new rings etc. The valves did not need any attention to them at the time and similarly the big ends were found to be in perfect condition. Engine is set up to run on lead free petrol without additive.
      • Recent mechanical work include New clutch and new radiator. Also recently serviced.
      • The gearbox was rebuilt to racing standards by Victor Young, formerly of the Competition Department of MG. All of the gears, lay-shaft synchromeshs etc have been renewed as well as some racing modifications. The 1st and 2nd gears have been internally machined to accept a double set of needle roller bearings thus enabling the lay-shafts to take the added torque of the V8 engine.
      • Tuned tubular exhausts manifolds have been fitted giving an extra 4-5 brake horse power.
      • The carburetors were rebuilt with all new needles etc.
      • Rear leaf springs were renewed. All engine and suspension mounts were renewed with updated mounts where necessary.
      • All hollow body sections were injected with Waxoyl, a proprietry substance with rust inhibiting properties.
      • Similarly, all exposed body work, wheel arches, cross members etc were repainted in Hammerite, another rust proofing paint.
      • The interior likewise was rustproofed before fitting the new seats, which are a special seat developed by Sprite, Midget and MGB, C, V8 Centre so the seats are very well regarded as an improvement on the original.
      • The carpets and other interior trim was all newly fitted at the time of restoration.
      • The wheels are standard V8 wheels painted in rust proofing Hammerite, as the centers are alloy but the rims are bolt on wheels. Recently painted.
      • The paint was first ten coats of high build primer followed by thirteen coats of the best quality cellulose lacquer, rubbed down between coats. The colour is British Leyland Glacier White (Blue Shade). Repainted recently.
      • The front cross member was dropped and rebuilt with regards to mounts, anti roll bar, king pins etc. This was also rust proofed.
      • Comes with Webasto Sunroof - A very comfortable system that brings fresh air, light and a panorama view.
      • Car was valued by Colin Campbell Motors of Hastings on the 26th January 1990 at $35K. Cars like this sell today at US$50K+ in the US and close to GBP40K in the UK.  At the advertised price, when considering its rarity, overall condition, and appreciation in the last 25 years, this car is extremely well priced.

      With the exception of a few roadster prototypes, all of the V-8s were the hardtop GT model. Most of the factory V-8's, like this one, were consumed by the UK market with some going to Europe and Australia. There are currently about 18 factory V-8's in the U.S. They are highly priced and almost never available for sale.

      So what we bring you here is a rare car in very nice condition. Wonderful and Powerful, these cars are an absolute thrill to drive. HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE!

      Car will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.



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      Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.

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