Car of the Month – August 2017 – 1974 MGB GT

Owner: Graham Purkiss
Make/model: MGB GT
Month/year of manufacture: 1974
Colour: Sort of Bronze Yellow
Engine size/type: 1800cc
BHP: Standard
Top speed: Standard
Gearbox type: 4-speed manual with overdrive
Area:  Horsham, West Sussex
Date purchased: February 2009
Pet name of car: “Creme Brûlée”


GEL 513N was bought on a drunken evening in Kolkata, India using the devil’s plaything known as Ebay. I reminisced about a simpler time in my life when I drove an MGB as a teenager, had just discovered girls and cars, and girls riding in cars. I tinkered under the bonnet, fixing issues with youthful glee and still feeling the thrill of learning about SU carb settings from a Haynes manual.

Little did I know buying the car would lead me on an odyssey though Europe to Gdansk in Poland where a friend’s father restored the bodywork with just his English speaking daughter and a parts catalogue to help him and then to a trip circumnavigating the UK, helping me reconnect to my homeland after many years overseas. The camaraderie, friendship, smiles, compliments and stares this car have bought me have been my reward for loving an old car – because cars like this have a soul.

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