Contributed by: B. Hunter
A couple notes about my car. The VIN is GHN3L1651 making it the 1551st car off the line. I’m not entirely sure how many cars are older – I’m guessing no more than a couple dozen are still out there.
Build Date was November 7 to 12, 1962. Dispatch to the US in Late November, 1962 – destination unknown. I know nothing about previous owners – I purchased the car off ebay in 2001.
Restoration was done from 2004 to 2009 by Bob Connell, Indianapolis, IN http://www.connellmg.com/
Body number, engine number, VIN numbers all match original assembly. Interior color and exterior color are the same as when built. Top has not yet been replaced as I haven’t yet located a proper top (per original assembly).
Spin on oil filter and new master cylinder/clutch cylinder were installed during restoration. Otherwise, every effort was made to retain the car as originally assembled.
Retains the following early car features:
- chrome insert – instrument cowl
- early boot rod support
- early dash overdrive switch and correct bezel
- early quarter lights
- early MGB Type D overdrive
- early MGB radiator surround
- early engine hood prop bracket
Several items however were not carried forward during restoration. This was primarily due to lack of existing parts.
- Early master cylinders (brake and clutch) and matching caps are very rare
- Early seat belts
- Early tonneau and top mountings
- Shifter boot gaiter
Wide white walls were a carryover from the MGA and used on only the earliest of MGBs – so I am told.