Classic Car Rescue

MGB

The quintessential English sports car that has remained in every petrol head’s heart.

MGB

It is the most popular sports car ever made, and brought the swinging sixties cool of two seaters within reach of the ordinary road-lover for the first time.

But it wasn’t just its stylish elegance that made waves. The MGB two-seater monocoque design was torsionally stiff and way ahead of its time. It was safe, fun to drive and comfortable at a time when sports cars weren’t, while simple robust components made it practical, reliable and, importantly, profitable to build. And it took motorsports by storm: as the ONLY single car ever to win its Class at the Le Mans 24 hour race (1963) and the Monte Carlo Rally (1964); a remarkable achievement.

An MGB also won the world’s longest ever motor race, the 1966 84 hour Nurburgring Marathon de la Route because it just kept going while Ferraris, Porsches and other exotics gradually failed. It’s glamorous, James Bond used one, while at the same time classless and restrained.
 

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  • Rich

    over 1 year ago

    Rich

    Just watched the mgb get restored. What a load of BULL. The finished car you see is a totally different car. Watch it back and pause under the bonnet. Note the finished car is an earlier car. Radiator set back and retro fitted brake servo etc. The car they started with will now be in the scrap yard. Insult to true restorers.

  • Martin

    over 1 year ago

    Martin

    Well I now know how to restore a classic car. Buy a MGB that is totally knackered, then buy a second MGB and pass it off for the first one (see Classic Car Weekly magazine). Nice one Channel Five.

  • christian brewer

    over 1 year ago

    christian brewer

    I have to agree, this show is a total nonsense. I have spent four years and 1400 hours to get my alfa on the road, there is no way a car can be restored to a decent standard in two weeks. Got me fired up though! Adrian Flux (my insurers ) have a lot to answer for sponsoring this rubbish programme.

  • Zac

    over 1 year ago

    Zac

    I couldn't believe what they paid for the car, I restored a 1979 MGB GT which came with 10 months MOT and was in good, road worthy condition, (the resto work was mainly rusty body work and minor repairs). The car was all original with rubber bumpers and cost me just 750 quid. To pay 500 for a total piece of scrap was ridiculous. On the plus side, if you own a piece of rusting scrap that slightly resembles a car over 30 years old, it is nice to know that there is someone stupid enough out there to buy it.

  • Gerry C

    over 1 year ago

    Gerry C

    Just watched the MGB resto, what a load of, There is no way ever that heap of rust could have been restored to the high standard those two so called "restorers" want in 2 weeks. Give us real enthustiastic restorers who can do the job properley and not a comedy shouting match between an eastend mouth piece and his over the top partner.

  • david

    over 1 year ago

    david

    Interesting show but spoiled by the obvious and unneeded fakery. Shocked they took out the webasto as for many people these are selling points and don't always leak. They certainly wern't factory original items though as mentioned in the show.

  • Bernard Leggett

    over 1 year ago

    Bernard Leggett

    Just caught the latest "restoration" of a MGB GT. I aasume this is a poof programe. If you are interested in restioring clasic cars I would expect you would know what coolant does! Where were the replacement body panels needed.A clasic car by definition must be original. Finally why oh why if they decided on a colour change(my local body shop would be interested how an engine bay can be sprayed without removing the engine) was it sprayed in that sickening green, surely for a iconic british sports car british racing green would have been the obvious choice. Is that what he meant by Dark Green? Get a grip

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  • JC

    over 1 year ago

    JC

    I think the guys did a good job on the mg, there was obviously a lot more work put into the car than they had time to show, and like it or not that was a neat bit of work on the roof! I like the layout of the show, it's lighthearted and fun and makes the show more watchable, much better than one of the usual rebuild programmes as it's not just about a car. People like the look of old cars but the classic car scene is just too boring, it's full of know it all's who are too quick to criticise other peoples cars for wrong coloured clips etc... Heres an idea, sit down with a cup of tea, watch the programme and have a laugh, if you don't like the car, fine...don't enter the competition but think about it...would that mg ever have seen the road again if Bernie and Mario hadn't rescued it?!

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    We can all find floors in most things if we look hard enough (or things people would do different). The programme is just "light hearted" viewing. I like looking at old cars in good condition - more than new cars, & if this programme makes people buy a old classic or have one restored for years to come its all good - people can see them. I had a old classic range rover for years & sadly had to get rid :c (miss it) would luv a chance to have another classic to care for but in the condition of the completion ones (found mine in a field covered in farm poo in & out - felt sorry for it & gave it a loving home) not a great fan of m.g.'s - still eyeing up the 911 in the last show.

  • MiniMG

    over 1 year ago

    MiniMG

    What a load of rubbish I wouldn't touch that car with a barge pole. Adrian Flux must be kicking themselves after sponsering the show I know when my renewal comes up next month I won't be using them as they appear to ben endorsing rubbish repairs

  • purplemadboy

    over 1 year ago

    purplemadboy

    just looked the registraion of the car up .. its a 1975 model not a 76 . first registerd 01/08/75 and is still registerd as yellow with the dvla

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  • Tim Hills

    over 1 year ago

    Tim Hills

    It is quite impossible to restore a car in that condition is 2 weeks, How did they manage to paint the engine bay without removing the engine? How many body panels were replaced? Utter nonsense.

  • Jon

    over 1 year ago

    Jon

    Sorry feller, you re wrong, Mgb roadsters are more desirable, you only need to look at the prices to work that out, people don't by classics to be practical they want their summer swooping a road drive with the top down. The show was a sensationalist bit of hokum to describe car restoration to those who ve never given a shit or tried it. Fair enough, but I feel sorry for anyone looking at the show and deciding they should give it a go.

  • Jim Playford

    over 1 year ago

    Jim Playford

    Do these morons really think we would believe the axle "fell out"? Anyone could see the ends of the springs had been cut. Channel 5, please cancel the rest of these shows, look at all the negative comments all over the Internet, and realise you have made a terrible mistake with these two idiots.

  • krh 59

    over 1 year ago

    krh 59

    i dont think adrian flux will win any favours from this programme...they should reconsider sponsorship....this is probably one competition many will not want to win...cor blimey why remove the best feature of this car...the webasto...and believe it or not...quote of the programme ...we will need a new headlining without a hole in it!!!.Also.how come chrome bumpers easily fitted on to this rubber bumper shod car without any mention of the bodywork mods needed to accomplish this conversion...assuming it was the same car they started off with??? any way i cant stop any longer i'm off down the old rub a dub to get over the experience ..

  • Jeremy

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy

    This show - does nothing but reinforce peoples misconceptions of old cars. Playing dumb - oh look the wheels fell off! Prices of parts where not realistic as the parts guy just wanted advertising! They wouldn't have made a penny paying that many mechanics an they walked away from what looked like a far better car. Competition made me laugh! No thanks

  • jamie

    over 1 year ago

    jamie

    where was that farm where they got the mgb from?

  • John

    over 1 year ago

    John

    There's a good crew doing the bodywork, yet it took them most of a day to fix a single hose leak? Meanwhile, they fit a new rocker cover, (why?) and the interior appears as if by magic, and WHEN will they ever re-spray a car in its original colour? And not a single menton of British Motor Heritage.

  • jason

    over 1 year ago

    jason

    you have got to be kidding, restoration i dont think so, utter rubbish. please can someone have a chat with trading standards or something. please look at mark evans a mg is born that was restored these series of programs are complete rubbish, channel 5 get a grip

  • Graeme Browse

    over 1 year ago

    Graeme Browse

    Why on earth do they think the car would be worth more with the sun roof filled in??? Crazy....

  • smofalsh

    over 1 year ago

    smofalsh

    Looks too high off the ground. Original spec changed for American market.

  • Ash Hobbs

    over 1 year ago

    Ash Hobbs

    Please put the side lights on the right way round. Attention to detail is hardly the show's strong point!

  • Jonathan

    over 1 year ago

    Jonathan

    No Chris, a tin top is NOT more desirable you sound like you have one and are deluding yourself,If you have ever driven a mgb roadster you will know it is one of the purest driving experiences you can enjoy. Why take the rubber bumpers off? the car is 'wrong' Rubber bumpers dont rust and the ride height is better for modern driving. Like everyone says series needs more restoration detail and less false drama

  • Dave D

    over 1 year ago

    Dave D

    Chris, you buy a hard top for a roadster and make it equally as practical. Not really sure what relevence the wheels have to do with how bad what they attached to will end up being bodged. These suffer from major rot issues, the will I have no doubt deal with these is a professional way by applying a fine layer of page three breasts from the Sun newspaper and apply some paint over the top. I dread to thing how this show can get any worse, however they have obviously completed their mission of destroying a further 3 more old classics (although I an not entirley sure who would want to save a Cadillac as they bloody awful) Channel 5 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP! You are offering these as prizes, surely the Health and Safety of the public should be important to you.

  • Chris Arscott

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Arscott

    The MGB Tin-Top is probably a more practical car for evryday use than the roadster. Which is more desirable. A lot of these had sunroofs fitted. I really don't like the Ro-Style wheels but that was what the manufacturers fitted.

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