1976 MG BGT Review

1976 MG BGT 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200


Great fun and a great drive


Previous owner had fitted electronic ignition which kept failing. Reverting back to old points system has cured the problem.

General Comments:

The car has had a complete makeover and is driven daily. It is a real joy to drive with great handling and turn of speed for the car's age.

Parts are fairly cheap and readily available. The layout of the car makes it easy to work on and I find it best to have regular oil and filter changes along with 2 full services each year.

The driving position is the best I have ever encountered. You feel part of the car, not as if you are sitting on top of it as with many modern vehicles. I can drive for miles upon miles in the MG just enjoying the experience.

Overdrive provides for good cruising and in my opinion is a must if you are considering one of these cars.

The only drawback, if you can call it one, is that the car is very thirsty. You will need a big fuel tank for long journeys and in these days of unleaded petrol, make sure you have a ready supply of additive.

Most of all, simply enjoy the experience of driving a truly classic sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2004

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review