I have always like classic cars, but I never had any intentions of buying one until the first time I saw my MGB. I had been saving for my first car all the way through high school with the intention of purchasing a nice used sedan or a small pick-up. That was before I saw an MG advertised on craigslist. It was a Midget, if I remember correctly. I was so taken with this little car that I started browsing for MG’s on Craigslist almost every day. A couple of months later, I saw a 1969 MGB on the site, my dad and I went out to look at it. I fell for it immediately, hook, line and sinker. It was a gorgeous car: glossy red paint, new black interior, the original wire wheels, and a stow-away top. On the way home from seeing the car, my Dad advised me to think about it for a while before I made my mind up to buy it, but it was too late. I had decided to buy it before we had even taken it for a test drive. Buying that car was probably the most impulsive thing I have ever done, but I have never looked back.
I don’t know much about the history of my car, but I know it hasn’t been taken care of like it should have been. At some point, the car was wrecked and patched all over with bondo, I think almost every outer-body panel on the car had a place where bondo has started to chip out. The glossy red paint has started to chip and spider-crack because the body wasn’t prepped correctly before re-painting; the new paint seems to have been applied directly over the old paint (which was British Racing Green, as I discovered when a rather large chip of red paint flaked off my door). Several of the body pieces (fenders, boot lid) are misaligned. The previous owner tried to fix her up (he replaced the entire interior and rebuilt the engine), but as soon as he was done, the car was parked in his garage, where it sat for 12 years until I bought her.
But now, things are looking up for my MGB: my dad and I are going to do a full restoration this summer. I found a beautiful, straight, tight, rust-free, bondo-free ’69 body and I have a huge box of brand new parts that are just waiting to be installed. I’m going to paint my car Iris Blue: my all time favorite MG color. I hope to have the car restored to her former glory by the time I leave for college this fall so that I can take her with me.
The MGB is a true classic that has been impacting the automotive world for generations. Almost everyone I’ve talked to about MG’s had either owned one or knows someone who has. My employer’s first car was an MGA, and my great Grandpa owned a yellow MGB that he bought brand new. MG’s have been around for a long time, and hopefully they will be around of a long time to come.