Offered for sale is a most desirable, early series 1966 MGB finished in desirable British Racing Green. This is the holy grail of MGB collectors. It appears it came from the factory with the very rare three syncro overdrive transmission option and is also fitted with a even rarer factory hardtop. This hardtop is the same as was used on the factory LeMans and European rally cars. Even the wheels are period correct, real alloy Minilites in 6 1/2 x 14 size. The metal dash cars were only made until 1967, after which safety regulations changed the interiors and exteriors, and made the simplicity of vintage cars disappear under addition requirements. These early MGB cockpits have the perfect combination of simplicity with a row of toggle switches lined up on the dash and simple but comfortable seats that are trimmed in leather. Because it has lived most all its life on the west coast, this car has no rust and has a very straight chassis with no repairs. This car has been driven 800 miles to our showroom, has been serviced by us, and is ready to be driven and enjoyed.


The car has an excellent engine with no excess noises, excellent oil pressure of over 50lbs hot, and compression is 145 lbs all cylinders. The entire car and drivetrain show years of consistent care. Brakes are excellent, stop quickly, and in a straight line. The overdrive works well and lowers the cruising Rpm by 20%. This has the added benefit of reducing the general noise level in the interior of the car. The suspension is all in good condition and the car corners and rides well.

Body and Paint:

The paint is original color, well applied, smooth, and no excess damage from use. It has excellent shine and is a proper shade of BRG. The body is very good and has not suffered any damage from rust due to salt exposure. Chassis rails are very straight. Body fit overall is good, and no body rattles exist.

Tires and Wheels:

Full set of Dunlop 185/70 tires in good condition. Spare has a new tire. The wheels are period correct Minilites, not the reproduction type now available. They run true and have been well taken care of through their life.

Interior and top:

Interior features black leather seats trimmed with correct white piping. The panels and carpets are excellent. Trimmed very well and no real things to fault from the driver’s seat. Top is stow away type in good condition and a tonneau cover is present. Hard top is in nice condition.

Driving impression:

Car starts, runs, and drives as it should. It has excellent power and the transmission is quiet for this type. Overdrive functions well and adds much to the driving pleasure. The car is a joy to command as it obeys the slightest input and rewards with the proper feedback to the driver. These early cars feel and drive much lighter than the later ones even though they are nearly identical in specifications. Very rare combination of options in an early car makes for a hard to duplicate item. Rewarding to drive if it is your only sportscar or would be a nice addition to any collection.

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