MGB ownership longevity

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MGB ownership longevity

Post by djgreen » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:35 pm

Just for a bit of fun ..... Vic and Ian have owned and maintained the same MG for over 40 years... impressive !

Can anyone beat that or get close ? 😉

It may show your age 😜 but will also show your loyalty 😊

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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Charles Farran » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:11 am

Guys,

God willing, I will have had 40 years of continued ownership of the same MGB from new until August 2020!

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Charles
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Paul Hollingworth » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:22 am

Only 20 years of MGB ownership, I'm afraid. 5 years of Midget in the seventies (does anyone know whose got KEH 581K - I want her back) plus half a dozen minis over the years.
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by djgreen » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:56 am

Charles Farran wrote:
> Guys,
>
> God willing, I will have had 40 years of continued ownership of the same
> MGB from new until August 2020!
>
> Cheers
>
> Charles

Charles
Cool ... and it becomes tax & MOT exempt 👍
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by djgreen » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:00 pm

Paul Hollingworth wrote:
> Only 20 years of MGB ownership, I'm afraid. 5 years of Midget in the
> seventies (does anyone know whose got KEH 581K - I want her back) plus half
> a dozen minis over the years.


Paul
That reg seems familiar - I'll keep a look out for it !
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Paul Hollingworth » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:03 pm

My old Midget KEH 581K was being MOT'd in Lutterworth but of course now its exempt. It was BRG originally but its white now and apparently has wire wheels.
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Paul Heffernan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:48 pm

Charles Farran wrote:
> Guys,
>
> God willing, I will have had 40 years of continued ownership of the same
> MGB from new until August 2020!
>
> Cheers
>
> Charles

Wow, that's seriously impressive 👍
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Adrian Oliver » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:24 am

Only 27 years with this 'B...
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Paul Heffernan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:03 pm

Well I'm guessing I'm the person with the least MG ownership history. I've had mine for all of 6 weeks! However, the history is known, well most of it. Thought I'd jot it down as some might find it interesting...

My '74 B has had 4 previous owners. The chap I bought it from (a freind) owned it since August 2015 and he bought it from his cousin who'd owned it since 1976. The owner before that presumably bought it as a demo/pre registered car. What's a little odd is the 2nd owner is/was from St Ives Cornwall, but the car was registered in Birmingham.

The "cousin" drove most of it's 84000 miles between 1976 and 1986, apparently including a number of European trips, one of which included his wedding! So it's been about a bit.

The car then lay in his garage slowly returning to it's original organic state until a chance conversation at a family wedding. The chap I bought it from is about 10 years younger than his cousin and always looked up to him, and loved the old MG. So when he learned it was lurking in the garage, he bought it and set about restoring it.

His plan was for his Daughter to join him on rallys, but as it turned out she wasn't too keen. As a result the little B had only done something like 400 or 500 odd miles in two and a half years. So having spent an absolute fortune on it, he sold it to me!

So now it's my turn to spend a fortune 😂
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Re: MGB ownership longevity

Post by Randy Forbes » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:57 pm

Mine has been a somewhat convoluted ownership history through the years, with numerous MGBs...

1) 8/73 bought a new '73 MGB (GHNUD 315377) sold mid-1975
2) 11/74bought a '67 parts car, I didn't know it was a completely different car! (GHN3L 128643) parted out '75
3) 9/76 bought a '66 MGB in San Francisco (GHN3L 74422) parted out '77
4) 6/77 bought a '67 MGB in San Francisco (GHN3L 88709) parted out 1985 (made two round trips from SF to New Orleans)
*) April 1, 1978 bought an Austin-Healey in SF (BN6L/942) I STILL HAVE THIS ONE, ALMOST 42 YEARS!
5) 1979 acquired '72 MGB GT as a rust free parts car (GHN5UD unknown #) parted out '90
6) 1979 bought '67 MGB GT spun a rod bearing before making it a few miles home (GHD3L unknown#) sold '80 (w/fresh engine)
7) 7/82 bought '73 MGB GT (GHD5UD 290605) totaled__it, and nearly me__May 5, 1983
8) 6/83 bought '72 MGB GT (GHD5UC 268193) sold for parts '00
9) 3/88 bought 1-owner/non running '74-1/2 MGB GT (363277) last seen in my ex-garage October 2000 (on google st view)
10) 3/89 given '68 MGC GT Auto/non running (GCD1U 3008) sold for parts '00
11) 6/90 traded for '73 MGB GT (GHD5UD 306986) turned out that a friend's brother bought it new! sold for parts '00
12) 6/90 bought '80 MGB (GVVDJ ZAG 506097 sold for parts '00
13) 6/90 bought '73 MGB (GHN5UD 312228) sold for parts '00
14) 7/90 bought '72 MGB (GHN5UC 290515) sold for parts '00
15) 3/91 bought '71 MGB GT (GHD5UB 255937) w/blown 215 V8, swapped in 3.8 V6; last seen @ ex-garage 10/00
16) 7/93 bought '68 MGB (GHN4U 139182) nice solid car, built for ex-wife; last seen @ ex-garage 10/00


There were also a few (3) Midgets scattered in there, a couple running, but I never put them on the road; 2 went to an SCCA racer and the 3rd stayed in my ex-garage just to run around on the property 10/00.
There was also a 2nd BN6 that turned out to be a twisted & rusty mess; I've kept only the usable mech. bits from it.

So, what am I doing here, not currently being an MGB owner you ask? Well after a nearly two (<2) decade hiatus, and thinking I've got one (>1?) good car build left in me, I'm in negotiations to collect a 1967 MGB GT! I expect to find the lower 8" of it rusted out, but when compared to the last MGB (GHN3L 938) I did a rust remediation on, I am far, far better equipped and have developed more skills since then. I want to apply them to this '67 BGT, and to atone for all my previous modification sins, I'm planning on a faithful to stock restoration of this one.

17) ?/?? I am currently working on getting an early (pre-reverse lamps) 1967 MGB GT w/ovd shipped to me...

For the last twenty (<20) years, I suppose you could accuse me of going over to the dark side__NO, no, I didn't start buying Triumphs__I've been driving a couple of BMW M Roadsters (a '99 & '01) and about six (6) years ago, added an M Coupe (with a twinscrew supercharged engine) to the fleet. Switching between an M Rdstr & M Coupe is as natural (to me) as when I owned both an MGB and a BGT. So that's some of my story ;)
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