An original righthand drive 1964 MGB Roadster built in January 1964.
Complete with FIA HTP’s until 2028, this car has a long racing history dating back to 1965. Although the first owner is not known, the car was bought by Rob Shellard and prepared for racing by Bill Nicholson, probably the foremost private preparer of MGB’s at the time.
With a storied history of racing (see below), this fully rebuilt race car is now ready to be campaigned in anger in the many series for which it is so eligible, including prestigious meetings at Goodwood and Le Mans.
Chassis number: GHN3/28176
Engine: Type, BMC STR4 OHV | Capacity, 1798 | number 18CH3031
Gearbox: 4 Speed Manual
Colour: Allard Green
Interior: Race trim
Launched at the London Motor Show in the autumn of 1962, the MGB was without doubt one of the most successful sports cars of all time. Over 500,000 units were produced over an 18 year period, truly a golden period for the British sports car industry.
The MGB was not dissimilar to its predecessor the MGA, although the unitary bodywork design meant that it was relatively heavy at 993 kg dry. The engine capacity was increased to 1,798cc to offset this and the resulting 0-60 figure was 12.2 seconds, nippy enough for the time.
MGB’s were immediately used in all forms of motorsport, up to and including Le Mans. Although it hasn’t reached the exalted heights of the 911, it does represent a popular, reliable and strong period sports car that still cuts a dash on grids around the world today.
The car is one of the most historic non-Works MGB’s in existence. It was raced prolifically between 1965 and early 1970 by Rob Shellard all around the UK – at Brands Hatch, Crystal Palace, Silverstone, Snetterton and Thruxton.
This history is corroborated in the definitive work on this period of MG racing cars – “MGB, The Racing Story” by John Baggott. It is therefore clear that the car has a period racing history commensurate with its categorisation as FIA Period F (pre-66).
Shellard sold the car in 1970 to John Cotton, a well-known club racer, who unfortunately was taken out in the Snetterton 3 Hours by an errant Mini. It was then rebuilt and raced extensively by Cotton. After a quieter life for a few years, Rob Shellard himself acquired the car in April 1984 to restore it but it was sadly unfinished; he described it as 90% finished in sales particulars that he wrote in 1992.
In 2015, after probably 20 years in storage, the car was sold by Hall & Hall to well-known historic racing preparation expert Kelvin Jones who conducted a full restoration and then, as is his usual practice, gave it to his talented son Declan to race. He duly secured class pole at Oulton Park by 13 seconds in mixed conditions and went on to take an emphatic class win.
Sold to a well-known historic racer, the MGB was used once on a track day but never raced. It is now consigned via Sports Purpose very much as a fresh new car, on the button and ready to go.
We are often asked what we think is the ideal starter historic racing car. Our answer is, if not an early 911, then an MGB built to the highest standards and, ideally, with period history. These cars tick all the boxes: strong, safe, quick, eligible and cost-effective.
The premium for meaningful period history is really slight in the context of the ability to put yourself at the top of the potential pile ahead of new build cars.
This is a smart little car that drives exactly as expected and will surely tick many boxes for the next owner. We are rather envious of that person!