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1978 MGB GT V8

1978 MGB GT V8




The MGB GT is arguably one of Britain’s best-loved classics.

In 1975, the V8 received the rubber bumpers, despite the fact that the car was never exported to the US.

It was a tasty recipe; that and with being Britain’s best-loved classic car, you can certainly be safe in the knowledge that parts for these little gems are readily available without breaking the bank.


  • This MGB GT V8 is not an original V8 – so purists and perfectionists - please look away now. That said, if I may be entirely honest, pure it may not be but its an awful lot of fun.
  • The original engine has been swapped out for a completely rebuilt 3.5l Rover V8 and a completely rebuilt five speed gearbox to go along with it. Rear suspension is from Paul Walbran and comes with a brand new Diff. Everything certified.
  • How does it drive?...With this being modified to house a V8, it does mean that power to weight ratio in the car guarantees oodles of fun every time you take it out.
  • The good thing about these little MGB’s is that they are surprisingly pleasant cars to drive. The handling is rather impressive with the car responding to steering input with ease and without throwing a temper-tantrum.
  • With having a 3.5l V8 bolted to the engine bay, it’s no stranger to getting up to speed – the main feature being the immense amount of torque to play with and a genuinely incredible soundtrack. The one thing that surprises you about this car is just how thunderous the exhaust note is coming from such a small car.
  • The car is pretty comfortable considering it’s just over 40 years old. I mean, you won’t be competing with any Rolls Royce or Bentley’s any time soon but it’s more than manageable – whether that be for the daily shop, or track day blast, the car feels planted and easily predictable.
  • Bodywork is in very good condition. Paint is good with the odd blemish and some chips in the front spoiler, that one could expect to have on such car.
  • Overall, this MGB GT V8 is an incredibly fun car. It would sit at home nicely in anyone’s garage who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Despite almost half a century on, this car is quick enough to hold its own against many moderns. A great classic car to drive - HEAPS OF FUN!

Car will be sold WOF’d and Registered.



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