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randyb2001


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1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: randyb2001
Date: September 09, 2020 03:58PM

With a bit of research this is what I found out regarding Ashley GT hardtops.
100 tops were made
9 known are left in the world
3 only in North America

Engine has had main bearings redone and some headwork.
Original knock off wheels. Painted ....not chrome.
Comes with the convertible top as well as a tonneau cover and trunk(boot) cover also in very good condition.
Also a couple of manuals and some boxes of parts....some new, some used.
Right hand drive.
Has electric overdrive in 3rd and 4th gears.
117000 miles and driven almost daily in good weather.
Not perfect but a very nice car in decent condition.
Upholstery, carpets, interior, wheels, etc.
A very versatile car with tonneau cover, convertible top and hardtop options.
Looks like a "poor mans Ferrari".
The registration on the front is original number from being registered in England in 1968.
Previous owner had this unit for over 40 years and was the importer from England. I am the third owner.

$20000 USD or offers considered
Price may seem a bit high but where would you find another one??

Please e-mail for additional pics and information. Thanks, Randy
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Rick Stevens

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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: RSS
Date: September 10, 2020 06:48PM

So, $16K for the hardtop.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: Moderator
Date: September 11, 2020 12:25AM

I love the Ashley top!

It's interesting to me that this is presented as a 1968 car. I would call it a 1967 (if not earlier). I'm confident it was assembled before 1968. Someone who's looking for an earlier car - with steel dashboard - might possibly skip over this little jewel. I believe most American MG enthusiasts expect a '68 to have all the Safety Act features: an "Abingdon pillow" padded dashboard, rocker switches, headrests, side marker lights, etc.

Randy, if it's convenient for you to post a snapshot of that side mirror, I'd really appreciate it. I don't recall seeing one that style. I know the factory didn't install side mirrors in the early years, but at some point started...


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: Moderator
Date: September 11, 2020 12:30AM

One more thing: per the posted rules of our Classified section, we need you to tell us where the car is located. (A town name and state is adequate.)


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Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: September 11, 2020 08:48AM

Quote:
t's interesting to me that this is presented as a 1968 car. I would call it a 1967 (if not earlier)
It's possible that it might be a '68 - don't think US safety standards applied to RHD vehicles....the steel dash carried on in UK spec vehicles for another few years.


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Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 11, 2020 10:34AM

As Graham was saying, many of our USA DOT mandated changes were not used in the rest of the world market, such as the pillow dash.

In the UK, the steel dash remained thru 1974. After that it had a covering.


randyb2001


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Re: 1968 MGB with rare Ashley hardtop - Right Hand Drive
Posted by: randyb2001
Date: September 13, 2020 04:18PM

The car is actually registered as a 1967 but looks like it was first registered in 1968 according to the original British registration.
Could have been built in 1967 but first registered in 1968.
The car is located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, T8A 6E7.
Randy



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