Restoration operation achieves fantastic presentation

MAN'S METAL BEST FRIEND... Long-time car enthusiast Peter Vibert stands beside his cherished restoration project, a 1976 MG V8. Photo: Emma Harrop

By Brittany Drysdale

THE MGB is a classic two-door sports car that was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), later the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland. The popular and iconic sports car gained a significant following after it was introduced in 1962 as a successor to the MGA and remained in production until 1980.

The original MGB was a four-cylinder, soft-top sports car available as a convertible, known for its sleek and timeless design, featuring smooth lines and a compact body. Variations of the MGB included the ever-popular roadster, which offered a softer suspension for a smoother ride, and the GT, which introduced the groundbreaking greenhouse design and hatchback style.

MAN’S METAL BEST FRIEND… Long-time car enthusiast Peter Vibert stands beside his cherished restoration project, a 1976 MG V8. Photo: Emma Harrop

Total production of the MGB from 1962-1980 reached a total of 512,243 cars, making it one of the most successful sports cars of its time. After a 12-year break in production, the MGB was revived in 1992 as the MG RV8, which was a limited edition of 2,000 cars featuring various modifications. The RV8 served as a spiritual successor to the MGB until it was eventually replaced by the MG F in 1995.

Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club (GVMVDC) member and treasurer Peter Vibert was lucky enough to purchase a 1976 MG in 2021 as a restoration project. After two years of hard work, Peter was able to completely transform the stripped-down vehicle and turn it into a beauty. Replacing the upholstery, wheels, and four-cylinder engine with a V8, Peter also ensured the paint job stayed true to the original royal blue colour that certified the magnificent final presentation.

Speaking to the restoration operation, Peter said the project was a challenge, but worthwhile in the end.

“I needed something to do in the shed out the back.

“To get the opportunity to get a car that was pretty derelict that didn’t cost very much, then over a period of time, spend a bit of money on it, and end up with something that goes, was terrific,” said Peter.

The final result is certainly something any motor vehicle enthusiast would be proud of.

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