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MG MGB & MGB GT – The Essential Buyer's Guide

MG MGB & MGB GT – The Essential Buyer's Guide

By Roger Williams
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Paperback • 195 x 139mm • 64 pages • 114 colour pictures

ISBN: 9781845840297

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Don't buy a car without this unique illustrated guide! Expert advice will help you to find the best car for your money.


A small investment in this book could save you a fortune ...
With the aid of this book's step-by-step expert guidance, you'll discover all you need to know about the car you want to buy. Unique point system will help you to place the cars value in relation to condition. This is an important investment - don't buy a car without this book's help.

Independent Reviews

Review from Australian Classic Car, September 2007

Veloce has now published 13 of these handy pocket size books. Each serves as a useful guide for enthusiasts and assumes that readers will already know a little about older cars. The publications follow a pattern, starting off with the question, "Is this car right for you?" – it's a valid question, since many first-time owners buy with their hearts and not their heads, and live to regret it.

Items to watch out for are helpfully divided into a 15-minute evaluation and a more serious investigation examining mechanicals, body, trim and so forth in close detail. The author then compares the various advantages of auctions against private sales before discussing the all important paperwork – after all, you'll want to make sure that the seller actually owns what you are buying. Internet links and tips on where to find spares are helpful as is the list of relevant publications. Put it in your pocket before you start looking.

Review by Robert Rushing for MGB Driver, Journal of the North American MGB Register,
August 2007

Many of you reading this either met or at least saw the author of this book, Roger Williams, at MG 2006. He gave several talks on modifying MGBs for V8 power and other topics. In this book, Roger uses his fantastic eye for detail to give the reader the most complete guide to buying a MGB or MGB/GT that has ever been published.

Full color throughout, there are dozens of close-up pictures that show specifically what to look for as well as pictures showing what it might look like beneath the surface of that suspicious looking rocker panel.

Other than a very brief overview of the production history of the MGB, the book does stray off of its intended purpose: How to determine if the car you are considering to buy or restore is worth your time, money, and love. He even starts off the book on the right foot by asking if the car is right for you. He gives the reader a list of realistic considerations to make before even going further.

Among the pages in the rest of the book is a 15 minute inspection guide, a second, more in-depth inspection guide, buying at auction tips, paperwork that you should expect to get with the car (this is more centered to UK readers, but you'll get the idea), and a discussion on what problems you can expect to encounter with a car that has sat for a while no matter what its condition.

Like the MGB Driver, The Essential Buyer's Guide: MGB MGB/GT is sized to fit inside a glovebox so it can be conveniently left in your car for quick reference. I would make buying this book mandatory for any first time MGB or MGB/GT buyer if I could. I would also recommend any long time enthusiast to purchase a copy as well just to help keep a check on our hearts when considering additions to our collections.

Review from Classic Car Mart, April 2007

Veloce Publishing’s list of Essential Buyer’s Guides continues to grow, although this latest addition to the range – dedicated to the MGB and MGB GT – looks set to be one of the best sellers of the line-up.

The idea behind these books is simple. They’re small enough to fit in any car’s glovebox, and are therefore ideal for taking along with you when viewing that classic you’re thinking of buying. Oh, and at less than a tenner each, they’re affordable enough for just about everyone.

What you see is what you get. There’s no seductive layout or expensive hardback cover on offer here. But that’s no bad thing, because each of these little books is simply packed with all the information you’ll need before going ahead and buying the classic of your choice.

At just £9.99, any prospective MGB owner would be well advised to grab a copy before they go shopping.

Review from The Automobile, January 2007

If you are just thinking of buying any of these cars, the booklets give an extremely good guide as to how to go about it, starting with ensuring that it really is the right car for you. The bulk of the pages tells you how to check the condition of the cars you inspect, and gives a simple marking system to make comparisons. Costs of replacement parts are also given. At the end you get a list of clubs and specialists. At that price, it is very cheap insurance against getting the wrong car.

Review from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, October 2006

Still can't make up your mind as to which MGB to purchase? You might want to read the Buyer's Guide first before making a rash decision. Williams provides page after page of insight, potential problem areas, and what to watch out for before you pull your wallet out of your pocket. His 64-page guide outlines all of the aforementioned, and includes a rating system that helps you "score" a prospective purchase, and rate it against other possibilities in the corral or an MGB GT for sale down the street.

There are 100 colour photographs to help outline the pros and cons of an MG purchase. Though small in size, they complement the page - with a medium text size - rather than requiring a magnifier to see the details that they present. Captions help outline points of interest within each photo.

Williams provides examples of parts costs that, while outdated down the road, will still be able to provide some insight to the general cost of restoration and upkeep, as well as basic production history and club listings. With soft-cover measurements just under 51/2 x 8 inches, it's just the right size to stuff in your back pocket while out searching for your next MGB.

Review from Australian Classic Car, August 2006

Looking for an MGB, E-type or TR6? Need a quick and easy reference guide for the car of your dreams? These three smaller publications may be just what you need. As the title implies each is a buyer's guide containing all sorts of useful information. Each follows the same format and starts with the obvious - "Is it the right car for you?" - and even asks how tall you are and advises on the minimum size garage needed. Next comes the cost of the vehicle as well as spares. What's it like to drive? Is it practical? Then it's the important bits - what to look for in each vehicle. This is divided into a quick inspection, key points and serious evaluation. These steps are followed by tips on the paperwork involved and on reckoning what the car really is worth to the buyer. Restoration? That's included but the writers pull no punches, saying that it will take longer and will cost more than you think. Further chapters deal with clubs, parts suppliers, publications and vehicle vital statistics. These are very useful publications and highly recommended.

Review from Octane Magazine, August 2006

Veloce continues to churn out this series of slim pocket-sized guides at a prolific rate. Each is written by someone with extensive real-life experience of the subject car and illustrated with lots of (rather small) colour pics. The buying advice is of the kind familiar from countless magazine articles but dispensed in much greater detail, and there are useful appendices on chassis numbers, books, specifications and so on.

Review from Classic Cars, August 2006

Literally pocket-sized - so you can take these guides when you go and look at one of these cars - initially this book seems very UK/Europe oriented, with club addresses and specialist firms. But take a longer look and you'll realise it has plenty of good general advice on buying and owning an older car - like reminding you that paintwork always looks good on a wet night (something I realised after I'd bought at least one of my cars!).

But where it scores most highly is on the 15-minute evaluation ('walk away or stay'), where to look for problems, and the serious evaluation ('60 minutes for years of enjoyment'). The 32 headings include engine noise, cabin trim, and clutch and pedal assemblies. with good practical hints on what to look out for under each. Add up the car's points at the end (assuming you've found a patient vendor!) and you've got a pretty good idea of what you might be buying.

This is a practical and inexpensive book that could save you some real money.

Review excerpt from MG Drivers Club

This 64 page "owners manual" size book could be a big money saver for anyone thinking of purchasing an MGB Roadster or G'T: With the aid of the book's step by step guidance you can discover an you will need to know about the MGB you are considering.

A unique point system, created by the author, will help you to place the car's value in relation to its condition. He also describes how to check the authenticity of an MGB, which models are best, running costs, and more. While most of the references in the book are UK related they can easily apply to North America as well.

You really should read and have this book with you before you decide to buy that MGB of your dreams! Mr Williams has written three previous books on the MGB and has restored several B's as well so he is very well versed in this type of MG.


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