MGB

A Familiar Face Returns

Former competition car, our 1975 MGB GT V8 has returned to Bridge Classic Cars. However, rather than returning to the workshop, it has actually gone

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Time To Go Home

Towards the end of our New Year’s Car Meet, we handed our 1970 MGB Roadster back to its owners. After spending some time in the

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Run Up And Finish

Our 1970 MGB Roadster is coming to the end of its time here at Bridge Classic Cars. Jonn has been refitting parts to the engine

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Win Our MGB GT

Entry is now open for our 1980 MGB GT on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website. This type of classic car is always popular so

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Ready For Competition

Our 1980 MGB GT will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. However, before that happens, classic car technician Jonn has been

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A New Start

Classic car technician Jonn has been working on our 1963 MGB Roadster by fitting a new starter to try and resolve the starting issues the

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Engine And Lights

Our 1971 MGB Convertible has been the focus of classic car technicians John and Jonn recently as they have been fitting a new alternator and

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Preparing For Paint

Classic car technician Mauro has been getting our 1980 MGB GT prepped for paint. He has been stripping the car down taking the areas to

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Getting Our MGB Running

Classic car technician Scott has been working on our 1971 MGB Convertible recently. After being off the road for a considerable length of time, there

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Progressing Nicely

As our 1978 MGB GT continues to move through the restoration process, things are progressing well and more tasks have been ticked off the checklist.

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New Lines And Trim

Classic car technician Rob has been making and fitting the new brake and fuel lines for our 1978 MGB GT. He also fitted the brake

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A Familiar Face Returns

Former competition car, our 1975 MGB GT V8 has returned to Bridge Classic Cars.

However, rather than returning to the workshop, it has actually gone into our brand-new secure storage facility.

Tony collected the car and it is now safe and secure surrounded by other stunning classics.

Time To Go Home

Towards the end of our New Year’s Car Meet, we handed our 1970 MGB Roadster back to its owners.

After spending some time in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, it was great to see the happy owners here with us, taking their car back where it belongs.

Run Up And Finish

Our 1970 MGB Roadster is coming to the end of its time here at Bridge Classic Cars.

Jonn has been refitting parts to the engine now the engine is fitted. After filling it with oil, he removed the spark plugs and coil lead. He then cranked the engine over until oil pressure was made.

The spark plugs were refitted and the coil lead. The oil level was checked and topped up and Jonn attempted to start the car.

After charging the battery, the car wouldn’t fire. The spark plugs were checked and found to be ok. Fuel to the carbs was checked and found to be ok too.

Jonn removed the rocker cover to align the timing marks. He removed the distributor cap and checked the timing was ok. After resetting the distributor, the cap was refitted and a small amount of petrol was poured into the carbs which let the engine fire on cranking.

Jonn stripped the carbs and found the jets were set too high, and running a very weak mixture. He set the jet depths to approx 2 1/2 turns down (0.090″). The car then started and ran fine so Jonn refitted the radiator and fan.

After finishing checking over the engine and finding no leaks upon inspection this morning, the bonnet was fitted and adjusted. The car was taken outside and ran up to temperature. A leak from the top radiator hose was found so Jonn tightened the jubilee clip but still noticed a leak. A second jubilee clip was fitted behind first and secured, (it had 2 clips on when it came in) which resolved the leak.

Jonn noted that the fan cuts in ok so a road test was carried out. The road test was successful after Jonn stopped to secure the distributor and adjust the idle speed.

Our MGB Roadster was tested at all speeds up to 65mph in stop/start traffic conditions and all was fine.

Stephen Norman Talks about Our MGB Roadster Restoration

We recently had a visit from a long-term friend and customer of Bridge Classic Cars, Stephen Norman, the ex-boss of Vauxhall and a walking encyclopedia of British automotive history.

We have been working on our 1970 MGB Roadster and, while having a closer look at the progress of his 1976 Triumph Spitfire that is currently in the workshop, Stephen spotted our MGB and had a few things to say about it.

As one of the people who actually saw the MG Midget and MGB rolling off the production lines at the Abingdon factory, Stephen’s thoughts are always amazing to hear.

Take a look at the video below and see what Stephen had to say.

Out Of Paint And Into The Workshop

Our 1970 MGB Roadster has come to the end of its time in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop. It recently moved into the main workshop where classic car technician Jonn has been giving it some attention.

After removing the old coil, Jonn turned the engine over and aligned the timing marks. He then removed the old distributor and swapped over the distributor clamp to the new distributor.

Jon cut the wires to length and taped them up before soldering the new terminals and connecting them to the coil.

While following the setup instructions for the distributor, Jonn found that the engine code is 18GB and is not listed in the paperwork for the distributor, so he was unable to select the correct torque curve from the list.

Jonn set it to number 3 on the list – timing static at 7 btdc, stroboscopic timing at 17btdc. He swapped the HT leads to a new cap and connected. During a road test, Jonn stopped to adjust the timing a few times and to tighten the distributor clamp.

He then cable-tied the wiring before removing the rocker cover and adjusting the tappets. Number 7 appeared to have wear and valve clearance was large.

Further investigation is needed.

Win Our MGB GT

Entry is now open for our 1980 MGB GT on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

This type of classic car is always popular so we are very excited to see someone win it on the 4th of July 2023.

After undergoing an aesthetic restoration, our MGB GT has been refinished in Vermillion Orange, which pairs beautifully with its grey-striped interior and full-length sunroof.

You can enter the draw to be in with a chance of winning our 1980 MGB GT for the launch sale price of just £7.50. Once the launch sale ends, the price will increase to £8. Competitions MGBs have a habit of selling out fast and we are expecting this one to be the same.

Two Eye-Catching Sportscars

We currently have two attention-grabbing sportscars in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1980 MGB GT and our 2007 Porsche Cayman S.

These two cars are finished in great colours. Our MGB is finished in Vermillion Orange while our Cayman is finished in the rare PTS 8C6 Orange (RS Orange). After both vehicles had been valeted, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a photo of them next to each other.

As you can see, the Atelier proved to be a great environment to catch the cars in all their orange glory.

Ready For Competition

Our 1980 MGB GT will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. However, before that happens, classic car technician Jonn has been making some repairs and improvements to this eye-catching classic car.

A new wing mirror base plate was fitted and the mirror secured in place. Jonn also fitted a new horn/indicator stalk.

The paintwork where the radiator mounts was cleaned and the fan guard was removed for painting. Once this was painted, it was re-fitted and now looks much improved.

A New Start

Classic car technician Jonn has been working on our 1963 MGB Roadster by fitting a new starter to try and resolve the starting issues the car has been experiencing.

When Jonn was trying to remove the old starter, he was unable to remove it from the engine bay as it was too big to come out without first grinding through the starter shaft. After Jonn had done this, the old starter was removed and a new one was fitted. The new starter was much smaller than the original and fitted with ease into our classic MGB.

Engine And Lights

Our 1971 MGB Convertible has been the focus of classic car technicians John and Jonn recently as they have been fitting a new alternator and completing other work on the car too.

New headlights were fitted to our MGB Convertible. Before this was done though, the ring surrounds were cleaned and polished. After the new lights were fitted, the beam patterns were adjusted and the chrome surrounds were re-fitted.

MG Cyberster – The First All-Electric Roadster

MG hosted a special preview event where the brand showed off a pre-production design model of its brand-new all-electric roadster – The Cyberster. With a release expected in the summer of 2024, a new chapter in the MG story is being written as the iconic manufacturer returns to its roots with this exciting new sports car.

The Cyberster made its debut at the event held at the MG Motor UK headquarters in Marylebone, London. It was there that advanced design director, Carl Gotham and team – who played a key role in creating the Cyberster – introduced the model for the first time.

Carl said “It is a special moment for all of us who have played a part in designing this unique car. The Cyberster will offer MG customers a striking, all-electric roadster which will be as exciting as MG sports cars of the past.”


To mark the upcoming release of the Cyberster, MG has released a film which helps tell the story of the work that went into designing and creating a sports car that is set to be the very first all-electric roadster on the market.

Inspired by MGs heritage, the Cyberster has the distinctive long bonnet, a low nose, and plenty of curves. In addition to the recognisable features that indicate the car’s MG lineage, new features such as scissor doors and a Kammback rear design bring a classic design into a stylish new future.

The creation of the Cyberster marks MG’s return to sports car production. Not only does the Cyberster do this in attention-grabbing fashion, but it also brings the MG story right up to date and allows for another generation of drivers to enjoy this iconic British brand.

Preparing For Paint

Classic car technician Mauro has been getting our 1980 MGB GT prepped for paint. He has been stripping the car down taking the areas to be improved back to bare metal.

Once it leaves the paint shop, it will continue to progress through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop until it is ready to move into the next chapter of its life on the road.

Getting Our MGB Running

Classic car technician Scott has been working on our 1971 MGB Convertible recently.

After being off the road for a considerable length of time, there are several issues that need to be resolved before this classic MG can get back on the road again.

Scott began by sorting an issue with the fuel pump. He replaced the lines, drained the old fuel and replaced it with new. He was then able to get the car running.

A leak on the carbs was fixed and the brakes were stripped and checked. Scott cleaned and regreased the rear brakes before running our MGB up to temperature and test-driving it around the grounds surrounding the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

The water pumper will need to be replaced so Scott removed this and prepared the car for the arrival of the new pump.

Finally, Scott gave the underside of the vehicle a clean and applied rust protection to any bare areas.

The Workshop Is Filling Up – Another New Arrival

It’s no secret that everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars loves an MG! In particular, the MGB has proven to be extremely popular with the team here and with our customers too.

That’s just one of the reasons why we are excited to welcome our 1971 MGB Convertible into the workshop. We have it with us to investigate and resolve several issues that its owner has been experiencing.

After being rebuilt in 1998, it has been used infrequently and was SORN from 2009 through to 2019. Now that it has come out of storage, the list of issues to look at include a broken sender on the petrol tank, fitting a new battery, finding out why the radiator is losing water, and repair the faulty spline on the spare wheel.

The car will also undergo a full valet and will be prepared to MOT level.

Snow Day – Our 1969 MGC GT in the snow and should you drive your classic in the winter

It’s a divisive viewpoint in the classic car world – Do you use your classic in the snow and clean it down afterwards or keep it tucked away?

Well, the cold weather was closing in on our Suffolk HQ this morning. As the snow began to fall across the surrounding countryside, some of our own cars which are stored outside whilst awaiting time in the workshop got a light dusting. One of those, was our personal 1969 MGC GT.

That’s what sparked this question. In period, these cars would of course have been taken out and driven in all weathers but as their rarity and age grow so does the scarcity in which they are used in the majority of cases.

During the cold snap a few years ago, I owned a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 and proved (if only to myself) that categorically it was the greatest all-terrain vehicle of all time. With no ABS, no power steering or traction control to interfere with driving and all its mighty 36BHP heading straight to the rear wheels with the weight of its flat-four engine sitting right above it, the grip was phenomenal as I drove on my hour long commute across the wintery Suffolk countryside on back lanes and B-roads.

But, it did pay a price. I forgot to clean down the wings and front edge of the pan which began to corrode. This would ultimately spread and caused me some more issues down the line. But, I learnt from that. Just like with a modern car, the salt and moisture will begin to cause damage and corrode components if left.

It’s not as noticeable with modern cars as it is with classics, perhaps down to the wider use of plastics and composites for body panels and trims or better weather proofing in modern paints and coatings but if left long enough for long periods of time, the dreaded bubbles start to appear…

Our customer cars do not go outside in this kind of weather. At the first hints of any rain or not ideal weather, they are brought inside for safe keeping and cleaned down instantly before being put away in the shelter of our workshop.

But it’s an interesting thought, do you use them in the winter or keep them tucked away?

More Work On Our 1975 MGB GT V8

Classic car technician Steve has continued his work on our 1975 MGB GT V8. As this will soon be a competition car on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, the workshop team are making sure it is working as it should and is ready to be won by its new owner in the near future.

Steve noticed a dent in the sump which he removed and repaired before reinstalling back onto this beautiful classic MG. As well as fixing the dent in the sump, Steve also fitted a new timing cover and water pump rear housing. This was to replace the corroded and leaking housing that Steve found on the car during his initial inspection and assessment.

The engine of this classic car has been put back together now too which has given the car a big leap forwards toward being ready to leave us and get back out on the road.

Steve wasn’t done yet though as he went on to fit a new exhaust mount and clamp as well as new rear shackle bushes too.

Work continues on our 1975 MGB GT V8 and it won’t be long before it goes live on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website ready for someone to win. This will no doubt be a very popular competition but, until then, our workshop team will continue getting it ready for its new owner.

Assessment Of Our 1975 MGB GT V8

Our 1975 MGB GT V8 has been undergoing its initial checks and assessment by classic car technician Steve.

When any classic vehicle arrives at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, it is thoroughly inspected and assessed to identify any restoration work that may need to be carried out before the car is ready to move on through its restoration journey, back to its owner, or over to Bridge Classic Cars Competitions for someone to win.

Some of the tasks that were completed to make sure everything is as it should be on this beautiful classic car include Steve checking and cleaning the rear brakes as well as cleaning the sump and engine gasket surfaces before reassembling them.

While Steve was working on our 1975 MGB GT V8, he noticed that there appeared to be coolant leaking from the car. To find the cause of the leak, he removed the inlet manifold and water pump rear housing. Once these were removed, Steve was able to identify that there were actually two leaks – one coming from the inlet manifold gasket and the other from the steel heater pipe under the manifold.

Steve’s inspection and assessment of our MGB GT V8 will continue until he is completely satisfied that the car is ready to move on to the next chapter of its story.

If you can see yourself as the new owner of our 1975 MGB GT V8, then keep an eye on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website as, at some point in the near future, it will be one of the impressive classic vehicles you can win for yourself.

In the meantime though, it will continue its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop while Steve and the rest of the workshop team continue making sure it drives as good as it looks!

New In – 1975 MGB GT V8

Everyone here at Bridge Classic cars loves an MG. We have had lots come and go in the past so it’s always exciting to see a new one come into the workshop.

The latest addition is our 1975 MGB GT V8.

As you can see from the photos below, it is a beautiful car and will soon be back out on the road for everyone to enjoy.

Work Begins On Our 1968 MGB GT

Despite our 1968 MGB GT not being in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for very long, our team of classic car technicians have already begun working on it.

Paul has been assessing the car and has found some rust-related issues that need to be resolved.

While Paul was assessing the mechanical condition of the car, classic car technician Brian got to work on the interior. There was some damage to the driver’s seat that had Brian’s initial focus.

He started the repair process by removing the damaged front squab. He then went on to remove the cover before re-fitting the backboard. New foam was added around the edges of the squab before all the damaged areas were glued.

Calico was added to strengthen the back of the foam before the foam was glued to the frame.

After the repair had been completed, Brian re-fitted the cover back onto the seat and reinstalled the squab back into the car.

It has made a significant difference to the look of the interior of this beautiful classic car by repairing the damaged squab. Now work has started on our 1968 MGB GT, it will continue to make progress through its restoration journey and, ultimately, back out onto the road.

Just Arrived – 1968 MGB GT

Our 1968 MGB GT has recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

As with all the cars that come to us, our classic car technicians will give it a thorough assessment and inspection before its future is decided.

All we know so far is that this is one beautiful classic car to look at.

Progressing Nicely

As our 1978 MGB GT continues to move through the restoration process, things are progressing well and more tasks have been ticked off the checklist.

Classic car technician Rob has painted and fitted the number plate backing panels, fitted the door trim and handles on the right-hand side of the vehicle, as well as making new backing panels for the C pillar trim.

Rob has been extra busy as he also assembled and fitted the rear anti-roll bar and fitted the rear roof trim too.

New Lines And Trim

Classic car technician Rob has been making and fitting the new brake and fuel lines for our 1978 MGB GT.

He also fitted the brake master cylinder, which brings the car one step closer to being able to get back out on the road.

Other work continues on the MGB GT in the form of more trim being installed. This helps the car look much closer to how the finished restoration will look.

All the Details – Continuing to Reassemble the 1977 MGB Roadster

Mauro, one of our restoration technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been hard at work reassembling the 1977 MGB Roadster we have in for restoration in preparation for the next phase of the project.

Mauro has been fitting all of the trims and windows to the car since the paintwork is now fully cured and hardened. This really makes the little sportscar come alive!

As with this being new paint, our team take their time and carefully manoeuvre the trims into place as to not cause any damage to the beautiful dark blue roadster. Some of the pieces have been refurbished but those that couldn’t be have been replaced with the highest quality pieces we have sourced.

The windows were thoroughly cleaned and all mechanisms liberally greased to ensure they work flawlessly when needed and all the trim pieces have new clips and hardware to create a good, tight fit to the body of the car.

Mauro is systematically working through each part of the car to complete each section before moving on to the next.

Also, the team fitted the windscreen to the car as a finishing touch!

Expect to see more on the beautiful 1977 MGB Roadster soon, here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Coming Back Together – Reassembly on the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster currently in with Bridge Classic Cars has finished its time in our in-house paint shop and has now been moved into our restoration workshop to begin reassembly.

After previously assessing the condition of the trims when the car first came into us, they were bagged and catalogued for this stage of the car’s aesthetic restoration. Some of the trims and parts weren’t able to be refurbished or reused so high-quality replacements from trusted suppliers were sourced to make sure the Roadster looks and works perfectly. That includes cleaning and refinishing the fuel tank to match the standard of the rest of the car.

Our in-house restoration technician Mauro has been working alongside our other technician Paul to get the trims and pieces back onto the MGB before it goes into our in-house trim shop for its interior. Mauro and Paul will work methodically through the car to ensure every component and fitting is secure and neatly back onto the car.

Expect to see more in the very near future on the 1977 MGB Roadster in with Bridge Classic Cars.

In Colour – Painting the 1977 MGB Roadster

The first layers of colour are now on the body of the 1977 MGB Roadster in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop.

Our head painter Chris has spent hours, along with our other painter Alan, getting the MGB Roadster’s body ready for its first coats of colour. It looks absolutely fantastic and these results only come with the extensive and meticulous prep work done by our in-house restoration teams. The colour sits nice and evenly across all the panels to give a beautiful uniform look on the 1970s convertible.

Next, Chris and Alan will prepare and begin the next stage of getting this 1977 MGB Roadster looking better than new.