Monday, August 24, 2015

Properly Done: 1974 MG MGB GT V6

There are many ways to do a bad engine swap on a classic British coupe -- the first way is to downgrade a gloriously complicated V12 with an inline-6 (if I wanted something reliable and uncomplicated I would have purchased a Lexus in the first place), another is to use some horrible slushbox for shifting, and the final downgrade is any 4X4 and no...with a side of no...please.  Today's next feature is an example of how to properly pimp your British lightweight without peeving the purists.  Find this 1974 MG MGB GT V6 here on eBay bidding for $6,801 with a few hours to go, located in Salem, OR.

You might recognize the seller -- Blue Oval Ranch -- from a few previous features, but BOR buys and resells any number of clean condition classics (has a nice '66 Mustang Coupe on eBay right now too). At the current bidding price, it is much more financially prudent to pay a re-seller a few bucks than build your own.

Under the hood is a 2.8 liter GM V6 borrowed from a Camaro, and the installation looks nicely done.  Performance should be decent because the V6 has been upgraded with an aftermarket cam, intake, carb -- expect something in the 150-200 horsepower range.

The interior looks clean/neat too -- the shifter, while clearly not stock, doesn't have some giant chrome t-handle on top and appears to be in a good location for doing business.

See a better engine swapped British classic?


  1. I like the V6 & 5 speed modifications. It should be fun to drive.
    These cars look great. Nice styling all around.
    I think a black leather stitched shifter boot, a revised shifter base, and another front spoiler would make everything just right.
    Someone is going to be happy with their purchase.

  2. It's a nice compact engine with a better rev range than the BMC motor. I'm sure you could wedge something more in there but this one definitely preserves the character of the car.

  3. I think this one begs the question... what do you do with a MGB/GT that had a moonroof installed in the 1980's? You give the guy $500 for it and re power it with something that makes it a practical driver; then people will leave you alone for why (you) cut a hole in your roof and you can just enjoy a fun DT.


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