Junkyard Find: 1967 MGB

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1967 mgb

The MGB is not at all uncommon in American self-service wrecking yards these days— perhaps a bit less numerous than the Fiat 124 Sports Spider, but I still see a few Crusher-bound MGBs every year. I had an MGB-GT daily driver about 25 years ago, and so I’m very familiar with this car’s many drawbacks… but I still think the B was a pretty good car for its time, so it saddens me to see yet another doomed one. Here’s an early B that I spotted at a Denver self-service yard a few weeks ago.

In this series so far, we’ve seen this ’71, this ’75, this ’79, and this ’79 with Toyota 20R power. All have shown signs of lengthy outdoor storage with no top, and today’s car is no exception.

Here’s a totally complete 1800cc BMC B engine, with SU carbs and air cleaners still intact. This clattery little pushrod engine didn’t make much power, nor was it particularly efficient, but it was quite reliable. This is the same yard in which I found this ’57 Nash Metropolitan, also powered by a BMC B engine, albeit one of just 1500cc displacement.

It appears that someone started to do bodywork on this British Racing Green car, then gave up.

Yes, British Leyland used its brand name on US-market ads.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Sep 08, 2013

    I doubt the restoration of this car was stopped because of politics or economics. More likely it was the other demands of life such as work, children,and etc.. This car either sat in the garage or outside for years covered up and the guy's wife told him to either get it running or get rid of it. Or possibly the person who owned this died and relatives got it towed away or donated to charity which towed it and sold it at auction to a salvage yard. Also it is possible that someone got over their head in this project and decided it would cost too much money and too much time. My brother-in-law many years ago restored MGs, Triumph, and other British sports cars as a hobby and sell them at a profit. Many of the cars he bought were from those who tried to do the work themselves and finally gave up. It takes skill, mechanical aptitude,and patience to restore these cars. Also these cars are for those who don't mind constantly tinkering with them. My brother-in-law especially liked the early 50s MGs and he had a 59 Triumph that was robin egg blue that had been his father's.

  • Pch101 Pch101 on Sep 08, 2013

    The odds are high that this car was a victim of a strict regulator. "Honey, why are spending so much time working on that car? The yard needs work and the trees need trimming. What, do you expect me to do everything around here???" "Honey, the spare bedroom needs painting. Your home is more important than that old car." "Honey, there is no way that you're going to spend all of that money on whatchamacallits for that old car, when we have to take the kids to my parents for the holidays. We can talk about buying those whatchamawhosits later." "Honey, you don't have time to work on that car when you have to take Jimmy to soccer practice. Your son is more important than that ugly old rusty car." "Honey, you never work on that old car anymore, it takes up space in the garage, and it looks terrible. If you're not going to bother to do anything with it, then just get rid of it."

    • Paullubbock Paullubbock on Sep 18, 2013

      Funny, that's how I ended up with a fully restored a black 1980 "B" LE. Honey, I want a new car. Honey, I can't put my new car in the garage because that car of yours is in the way. So he sold it to me. Cheap. He gave away a midget with parts and sold another B in the progress of being restored.

  • Nrd515 Usually for me it's been Arby's for pretty much forever, except when the one near my house dosed me with food poisoning twice in about a year. Both times were horrible, but the second time was just so terrible it's up near the top of my medical horror stories, and I have a few of those. Obviously, I never went to that one again. I'm still pissed at Arby's for dropping Potato Cakes, and Culver's is truly better anyway. It will be Arby's fish for my "cheat day", when I eat what I want. No tartar sauce and no lettuce on mine, please. And if I get a fish and a French Dip & Swiss? Keep the Swiss, and the dip, too salty. Just the meat and the bread for me, thanks. The odds are about 25% that they will screw one or both of them up and I will have to drive through again to get replacement sandwiches. Culver's seems to get my order right many times in a row, but if I hurry and don't check my order, that's when it's screwed up and garbage to me. My best friend lives on Starbucks coffee. I don't understand coffee's appeal at all. Both my sister and I hate anything it's in. It's like green peppers, they ruin everything they touch. About the only things I hate more than coffee are most condiments, ranked from most hated to..who cares..[list=1][*]Tartar sauce. Just thinking about it makes me smell it in my head. A nod to Ranch here too. Disgusting. [/*][*]Mayo. JEEEEZUS! WTF?[/*][*]Ketchup. Sweet puke tasting sludge. On my fries? Salt. [/*][*]Mustard. Yikes. Brown, yellow, whatever, it's just awful.[/*][*]Pickles. Just ruin it from the pickle juice. No. [/*][*]Horsey, Secret, whatever sauce. Gross. [/*][*]American Cheese. American Sleeze. Any cheese, I don't want it.[/*][*]Shredded lettuce. I don't hate it, but it's warm and what's the point?[/*][*]Raw onion. Totally OK, but not something I really want. Grilled onions is a whole nother thing, I WANT those on a burger.[/*][*]Any of that "juice" that Subway and other sandwich places want to put on. NO, HELL NO! Actually, move this up to #5. [/*][/list=1]
  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.
  • Inside Looking Out Scandinavian design costs only $600? I mean the furniture.