Insurance is another incentive, if you use a classic car policy with limited mileage your premium could be cheaper than a small family car.
Unfortunately B.L. only produced 2,591 V8 MGB GTs on the original production run in the seventies so good used examples are very rare. The new MGR V8 is most MG fan's dream but priced at £26,000 this is beyond the average bank balance and even in the future bearing in mind the limited production run second hand models will be difficult to find.
To convert an MGB to a V8 to make a profit is not viable, but unlike most other conversions, if the job is well engineered, the value of the vehicle is increased. Even more so when you convert a roadster to a V8, as B.L. did not originally manufacturer such a vehicle.
Before the introduction of the black bumper MGB, B.L. was producing different engine compartments for the 1800 and the V8. With the introduction of the black bumber for the American and UK markets the engine bays were standardised for the 1800 and V8 models. Consequently the chrome bumber model requires a number of modifications before the conversion can be started. Some owners have converted their rubber bumpers and grill.
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