GHN 3L 1651

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.

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Early 62 B 2005

Early 62 B 2005-D

 

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