Once upon a time the UK MGBs were pretty much everywhere in the UK. Like most British manufactured cars of the 70s era it was in production for a long time! In the case of the MGB from 1962 to 1980. That all being said, Elvis, the name of the lovely vehicle before you, is unique in the world of MGBs.
Once upon a time the UK MGBs were pretty much everywhere in the UK. Less so in Australia and this particular beauty is even rarer still.
Firstly, that paint is Australian made (Berger) so slightly different in hue to Abingdon (UK) sprays. this being a mk2, got the roto-spray rust proofing in the Enfield works. The trim, vinyl seats and especially the doors, are unique to Australia as more trim was sourced locally in the later 1960s.
It is estimated some 45% of the B's made in Australia used locally sourced materials. Curiously the overdrive badging was apparently local marketing ploy Lastly, only 1089 MGBs (all roadsters, with packaways - Michelotti's became standard the following production year) were made in 1969.
The story of the Aussie MGB struggle, wrapped up as it was with the higher politics of production, nationalism, and labour, is a powerful one. We believe the conversion to electric by Electric Car Cafe has a resurrective quality to it:
This is how we ensure these truly unique, historical, cars stay with us in a post-carbon future. Aside from the green washing, there's always a personal side to vehicles of this age too. The car was assembled and manufactured in Sydney but sold, new, on Russell Street in Melbourne to a Polish sounding man who lived in Eltham.
Elvis' story is clearly a part of Australia's multicultural, labour, and automotive history and we can't wait to contribute to it.
Step 1 - Plan
We worked with this Elvis's owner to build an Engineering Plan through several online meetings. Through this consultative process we established the requirements we were working to. Elvis arrived at the Cafe without his engine, petrol tank and exhaust.
On arrival, we dived straight into validating our design and commenced scanning of all areas and measured up. But not before marveling at the originality of the car. Elvis has never been painted which is a rarity in a vehicle of this age.