“Ole Yeller”, as we have chosen to call this 1969 MGB GT (GHD4U165308G), is a really interesting car. I have a soft spot in my heart for MGBGTs. I think GTs are one of the most underrated and spectacular British cars available, and yet, for years they’ve been ridiculously undervalued. Lately, however, there’s been a 40% bump in value (according to Hagerty) over the last year for GTs, so apparently I’m not the only one who thinks this way! I’ve been hoarding my own 1967 GT, and I really think these chrome bumper cars are the best. I’m particularly fond of the giant trunk logo with a mouthful of letters… the car may not have had a ton of horsepower, but the car certainly had a big rear lid emblem!
If you’re interested in this one, the main value is it’s California history. I purchased it from a client in Oklahoma, so it’s had a dry lifetime, and it shows. The underside is remarkably solid; most MGBs have rust in the outer castle rails underneath the floor, but you will not find that here. This is an extremely strong car, and it’s rare to find one in this condition. Add to that a recent respray in primrose yellow and you’ve got a very attractive car.
We’ve rebuilt the seat base foams and diaphragms to add more support. It’s quite comfortable to drive. The interior is not quite as nice as the rest of the car; there is some work to be done, particularly to the back seat which needs to be restored. The headrests are also a little weathered and worn, but it’s certainly a fine driver, especially if what matters most to you is the solid under-structure, which you will be hard-pressed to find on what is fundamentally an unrestored car.
Another great feature here is the original overdrive. This is the factory Laycock de Normanville overdrive that was very popular in the era, and was used in Volvos and lots of other classic European cars. It’s a really desirable feature because these GTs are stout and pleasant to cruise in, and the overdrive transmission allows you to enjoy a nice day out on the highway.
The paint job is very good on this car. It is not a high-dollar respray but it still looks very nice. I’m certain they removed the front and rear window glass when they painted the car, as the gaskets are new; there is a little bit of overspray on trim pieces around the doors. Still, for an excellent driver this car has a striking appearance.
There’s more to do (as on every classic car that’s 50 years old). You might change the door top rubbers that meet the roll down windows- these are dried-out and cracked. There’s also quite a bit of tinting on the windows and that should be removable with a blade without too much trouble (unless you live in a particularly bright southern climate and want the tinting to stay).
The gas gauge and the horn aren’t working, and new shocks in the front would probably be nice-these are on their way out. So there’s always more to do and we can help the new owner do those items, or you can take the car as-is for a fun driving project… either way, if you’re looking for what seems to be a rapidly appreciating classic that’s in great overall shape, this is a solid car to consider, and we’d be delighted to send it your way! We have receipts all the way back to 1970 from what we believe to be the original owner showing its extensive maintenance history.
If you want a good GT from this era, here’s your chance! We just put in a premium new battery (single 12 volt, battery boxes are good)… give a call to discuss making this car yours!