Registry: 1972 MG MGB MkIII

Filip H's 1972 MG MGB MkIII
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British Lealynd 1972 model year with recessed black grille, engine fed by twin SU HIF4 carbs.
The day in built date is just a random input as I only know year (1971) and month (Dec).
2 owners in USA (Stark, Ohio), 2nd owner 29 years from 1978 to 2007. US title last valid till Dec 1987.
In 2007 re-imported to Europe, Poland, in poor condition (sold for $800) - rusted and non-running (bent valve stem).
2009-2011 in Poland completely and privately self-restored by the 3rd owner, entire body sandblasted to raw metal (would say "frame-off" restoration if there´s a frame chassis) to original factory spec incl. exterior and upholstery (Navy Blue) color, but vinyl replaced with genuine leather. Emission control system partly de-federalized (air pump to exhaust removed), fuel tank and crankshaft evaporation control system retained. In 2016 cylinder head valve seats modified for unleaded fuel.
Bought in Dec 2017 and brought to Czech Republic.
- fitted front badge bar with spot/driving lights
- fitted rear fog lamp (mandatory by local regulations)
- fitted safety belts (mandatory by local regulations)
- factory 15 3/4" leather steering wheel replaced with 13" wooden Moto-Lita style
Planned further modifications (only all reversible to original spec):
- OE radiator leaks a bit and needs to be replaced (Aluminum?)
- Suspension upgrade: lever shocks to be replaced allround with telescopic adjustable (GAZ), Ron Hopkinson´s sway bar kit (stiffer front + rear)
- swap standard 4-speed gearbox for an Overdrive (original MG)
- distributor points to be replaced with electronic contact-less
Car´s ODOmeter reads just over 30,300 miles (30,109 miles when purchased) so I only made about 200 miles. Might be true as it read 27,048 when purchased in 2007 in the US. Could be 130,300 now but 100K miles extra seems a bit too much for a cold climate state as Ohio... Depends when the engine defect (valve) happened, but the corrosion of the car seemed more from a long-time sitting rather than from an intensive usage. But this will remain a mystery forever.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Filip H   [gasolineman]
Location: Doksy, Czech Republic, Czech Republic CZE
Status: Running

Model Year:1972
Build Date:1971-12-12
Original Colour:Bronze Yellow (BLVC 15)
Current Colour:Bronze Yellow (BLVC 15)
Odometer:30,300 miles
Body Code:MGBU 404463
Engine Type:1.8L 4 Cyl 5 Main B-Series
Engine Code:18V584Z-L5396
Transmission:4 Sync 4 Speed Non-Overdrive
Last Updated:2018-05-18 09:45:43
Magic VIN Decoder
Factory: Abingdon, England
Make: MG
Engine: B-Series (1.2-2.4L) 4cyl
Body Type: 2 Seat Roadster
Series: MGB MkIII (1970-1979)
Market: USA, Left Drive
Model Year: 1972
Car Number: 266708
Engine Size: 1798cc
Engine Type: Vertical (inline)
Engine Code: 584Z
Code Re: Exhaust emission control
Code Bf: Lucas 16ACR or 17ACR alternator, negative earth
Code Pf: Pre-engaged starter motor (non standard)
Code We: Center gear change
Code Z: Carburetor crankcase ventilation, evaporative loss control and twin carburetors.
Engine Number:

These are "best guesses" based only on the VIN, completeness & accuracy are not guaranteed. Information entered by the owner should take precedence.


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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-05-18 09:45:43

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Dec 16, 2017 Filip H  CZE Added to Registry (ID 42504)

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