AMGBA website home page or AMGBA Photo Gallery or AMGBA Club Blog
Subscribe in a reader


Join or renew today and receive a free t-shirt or tech CD, see details in the join the club section at www.mgclub.org!

Author Topic: looking at '75 MGB  (Read 5752 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

salhart

  • Message Board Member but not an AMGBA Club Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1
looking at '75 MGB
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:57:09 PM »
I am looking at a '75 MGB for $4500....top has been patched, needs rear brake job and stabilizer bar in front??  The owner advises that these repairs have been costed at $700...interior looks pretty good, no tears...new tires....

Is this a good price or should I negotiate for repairs needed???

Thanks for anyone's help with this.  I am buying strictly as a second car for fun and gas..not a classic status...without A/C and living in the South my summer driving will be limited!!
« Last Edit: June 25, 2007, 07:07:08 PM by amgba »

may2007

  • Message Board Member not current AMGBA Club Member
  • **
  • Posts: 5
Re: looking at '75 MGB
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007, 05:37:42 PM »
I bought a 79 about 15 yrs ago from a lady who purchased it new.  I had looked at quite a few.  I paid $3500 at that time.  We restored the car and it consistently wins 1st place in the San Diego British car show.  I would look for the following:

1.  Straight Frame
2.  Make sure all of the smog equip is there
3.  Look for rust

It seems like a decent price, assuming the basic car is what it should be.  You will probably want to eventually redo the interior anyway, so carpet and seats, for me, wouldn't be that important.

Good luck...

Lyle


simonthebrit

  • AMGBA Club Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2
Re: looking at '75 MGB
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007, 03:00:51 PM »
I am looking at a '75 MGB for $4500....top has been patched, needs rear brake job and stabilizer bar in front??  The owner advises that these repairs have been costed at $700...interior looks pretty good, no tears...new tires....

Is this a good price or should I negotiate for repairs needed???

Thanks for anyone's help with this.  I am buying strictly as a second car for fun and gas..not a classic status...without A/C and living in the South my summer driving will be limited!!

My first advice would be to look at similar cars for sale on Ebay . Have a look at the photos on Ebay of similar cars and you will get a good idea of the value of your car .
I have a 1974 MGB that I paid $7000  for about 18 months ago . I then went and spent about $4500 for a very experienced British MG mechanice to , replace all the cooling system , new clutch , replace almost the entire suspension , new electronic fuel pump , new stainless steel exhaust , take apart the steering , remove and repack wheel bearings , and a few other smaller jobs .
The car drove well when I got it , but I wanted to make sure that the car would not break or break down . My car has a recently rebuilt engine ( balanced , I believe it is known as blue printing here in america ) .
So I have spent about $12000  on the car . It looks great and drives like new .
If your car has no leaks , drives well , has no rust .it should be worth the money on offer . Have a look at  www.nada.com      this website will guide you very well on the value of the car you are buying .
If you have any questions you may contact me at   simongb@verizon.net  my white MGB is the one on the cover of the latest Octagon magazine .


Cheers,

Simon Bentley

Art

  • chfwrench
  • AMGBA Club Tech Staff
  • ****
  • Posts: 260
  • Memberhsip Number (if known):: 91-10014
  • MG information: '73 red B roadster
Re: looking at '75 MGB
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2007, 03:56:37 AM »
You'll be amazed how much you will use your "just for fun" car, even in the summer with no A/C.  Top down at speed, it does not matter.

I agree with Simon in that you should be looking at similar cars before you buy.  However, I would not be happy with e-bay as a source for comparison as pictures tend to hide an awful lot.  Seeing the cars up-close and personal will give you a much better perspective.  If that is not possible, then any site (including our club's classifieds) with descriptions and pictures would be the next best thing.  Club and enthusiast sites and magazines seem to say more about the cars for sale and assume the buyer knows something about them, so they may not try as hard to omit or hide things.

In evaluating the car, the real issue is the body.  Make sure it is straight and not rusted or badly patched.  As expensive as some mechanical repairs are, especially to someone that will not be doing it themselves, bodywork is even more costly and you have fewer choices in getting someone that knows how to get it done right. 

Brakes and even major engine work are to be expected on a 30+ year-old car, so you have to plan for some of that and it should be somewhat anticipated in looking at any used car this old.  A B's engine is a fairly rugged, basic design, so can be repaired or rebuilt pretty easily.  The carbs are usually the things that most regular mechanics cannot fathom, but there are specialists for them, if necessary.  All tires and brakes wear on any car and the B's are not so unique that most shops couldn't handle them.  Even if the drums or rotors need replacement, it is not so bad or costly, though you should know this before buying.  If the body is straight and the engine runs well, this could be a good buy as described.

Just some other notes: To Lyle's comments about the interior; they do wear and probably have to be done at some point, but they should not be ignored or passed-off so easily.  The weak dollar has caused massive increases in prices of some items.  I recently purchased a vinyl seat upholstery kit for a 70-72 B.  In the intervening time of (1) catalog, the price went from $279.95 to $388.95 for the same item.  That's an increase of about 40% in less than a year.  Even more outrageous when you consider I did a similar car about 4 years ago with the same kit for about $200.  I'm sure the convertible tops will be likewise high.  Again the price seems to reflect this, if the car is solid and otherwise mechanically sound. 

I hope that helps you.  Good luck and enjoy.  Art
Art Isaacs
AMGBA Tech Staff
chfwrench@aol.com


 

   AMGBA website home page or AMGBA Photo Gallery or AMGBA Club Blog