RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner: ‘EYR 48J’, 1971 MGB Roadster in fast-road/rally spec and Heritage bodyshell


RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner: ‘EYR 48J’, 1971 MGB Roadster in fast-road/rally spec and Heritage bodyshell

An opportunity to acquire a Heritage shelled MGB which has been built-up for long-distance touring and regularity rallying.  ‘EYR’ has seen significant investment and been prepared by a very experienced and successful driver/navigator team to be event-ready.  Peter Burgess built Stage 2 engine, many mechanical upgrades, Brantz tripmeter, power ports and decent seating and harnesses are just some of the upgrades already in place and essentially ALL mechanical items have been either replaced or rebuilt.  In short, if you seek an affordable entry to the regularity world or are planning some long-distance touring, then this is a serious proposition.


  • Chassis No: DVLA SWA 3971825302 (see notes below, prev GHD5/239688G))
  • Eng No:  18GG WE H/23085


  • Engine: 1860cc, Stage 2 cyl head, Piper Ultimate Road cam, 10:2 CR, flat-plane crank, stainless exhaust (100+ bhp, 111 ft lb torque))
  • Standard 4-speed + OD gearbox (rebuilt), new clutch, axle/diff stripped and rebuilt
  • Replacement springs with rear shocker conversion, fully overhauled/renewed brake system
  • New steering rack
  • Revington electric fans x2 & controller
  • Spin-on oil filter conversion and oil cooler with thermostatic control
  • Twin fuel pumps (switchable from dash) and regulator/filter unit
  • Aldon Automotive distributor, twin-coil fit, rolling road tuned
  • Single 12v neg earth battery, cockpit isolator switch
  • Minator alloy wheels
  • New windscreen, new hood, Moto-Lita steering wheel

Rally prep:

  • MX5 seats and 4-point harnesses
  • Fire extinguisher (2-litre, behind driver’s seat)
  • Brantz tripmeter (behind lift-up panel for security)
  • USB power points below dash
  • Additional lighting/switches (bespoke dash centre switch panel)
  • Segmented boot with storage ‘bins’

‘EYR’ was originally an MGB GT and then converted to roadster spec utilising a new Heritage shell (hence chassis ID change).  This took place in 1998 and the car was then not fully finished until the following owner began a comprehensive rebuild programme during the period 2013-15, effectively starting again with a full mechanical strip to the shell and then building back up to his own spec.  The result is that nothing has had more use or wear than circa 10k miles since!

As the figures suggest, EYR is very strong on the road and yet quite happy at lower speeds and driving gently – not at all ‘cammy’!  Overall the car feels really ‘tight’ and testament to the fact that it has had barely 10k miles since the rebuild and is really well sorted electrically, hydraulically and mechanically.  The cockpit is both comfortable yet functional given the later, leather seats and rally harnesses and rally setup switches, powerpoints and Brantz trip.

A ‘drive-away’ touring/rally prepped MGB and very sensibly priced given the Heritage shell and performance/rally improvements incorporated; not a cheap project to undertake or replicate!

Price: SOLD

Please contact Mark Knight for further details or to arrange a viewing and test drive (by appointment only please as I am often off-site)

Tel: 07791 417256 or Mark@retromarques.co.uk