Such a THRILL to hire such a beautiful car for the day – and a great surprise for Marcus. A very scenic drive to Collingwood and back via Motueka Valley – I felt like I was in a movie. Thank you!
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Hire an MG sports car of character and charm for a real driving experience, proving that classic car hire is above all, fun! The MGB GT is an iconic car that is easy to drive, surprisingly sprightly, can fit a good amount of luggage, and is virtually guaranteed to get people smiling and talking wherever it goes. Condition inside and out is superb, with many mechanical updates, that have reliably covered thousands of trouble free km. Being both a fixed top and a hatchback it’s surprisingly practical, you can play your digital media through the 1970s stereo, and boy does that exhaust note sound tasty!
Features and Specification
- 1.8 litre Twin Carb
- Manual 4 speed transmission with overdrive
No modern safety features except:
- High level brake light
- Inertia reel seat belts
Ride = Bouncy!
- Umm, headrests?!
- Seats 2
- Luggage space = Good
- Boot dimensions = 90 x 55 x 40 (cm LWH)
- An extra 90 x 30 x 60 of space is available on the rear bench
Simply a first class experience from a lovely couple. I couldn’t speak highly enough of how impressed and grateful we were.
Fulfilled a long held dream driving an MGB. The whole day was very enjoyable, experienced every bump, great. Beautiful exhaust sound, “Lions Roar”. A wonderful birthday present from my daughter. Great day out, great fun.
The car was perfectly maintained and drove wonderfully– which is quite the feat for a 50 year old vehicle, never mind a rental. I’ll be seeing much more of Stephen and his cars. Thanks for a wonderful experience, start to end.
How do you thank someone for giving us the opportunity to take a step back in time?! A time myself & hubby believe were beyond amazing. Thank you x a million (and more!)
What a joy it was to hear the deep throated sound of those carbs when pulling around a bend, and the crackle of the exhaust when shifting down on overrun. Thank you for offering such memories.
Thank you so much for an amazing day. We enjoyed the car so much. So many memories were made.
A fantastic way to travel around the bays while on our Anniversary holiday, a load of fun. Great to drive a “Real” car again. She never missed a beat! She had many photos taken of her by tourists! Many thanks.
…made our trip so much more memorable, the car was a dream to drive…
We had an awesome day….. my husband just loved it !!!! And so did I !!!!
We rented the Classic MG BGT for 5 days and had a brilliant time. The MG BGT is an old girl….however the car had no problem keeping up with the traffic when on main roads and was a delight to drive on the back roads with the windows down and enjoying the scenery. We would definitely book through Stephen again.
Big tour completed in fantastic car. Nelson, Wanaka and back to Christchurch. Stunning views from a great British classic. Thanks for a wonderful memorable journey!
Fabulous! …glorious day, wonderful little car. Enjoyed every minute. Thank you.
A wonderful surprise birthday present from our lovely daughter and son in law. Certainly hasn’t put Patrick off his retirement dream of owning one – added fuel to the fire.
We have had a fantastic four days exploring Golden Bay in this beautiful car! A wonderful way to start our honeymoon! My husband has always wanted to drive one & has convinced me to add ‘owning an MGB’ to our list of future goals!
Great weekend away to celebrate our engagement. Not sure if she said yes because of the ring or the car….We will be back.
1972 MGB GT (2 seater manual)
“…the world’s greatest everyday classic…”
Classic and Sports Car Magazine, Sep 21.
What's she like to drive?
From $140 per day or less, short throw gear stick close at hand, the rorty sports exhaust burbling behind you, and sparkling 70s Rostyles ready to roll, you feel like getting carried away in a spirited, involving drive. The 1800cc engine with twin carbs has plenty of pulling power for getting you up those twisty mountain roads, and sitting so low to the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you gives a feeling normally reserved for going far faster. Or you could proceed in a more civilised manner with a leisurely cruise in overdrive, pootling around without disturbing the contents of the picnic basket, just enjoying the admiring glances and the stunning scenery. Either way, it’ll be serious sports car hire fun!
What do I need to get used to?
Not being able to wipe the smile off your face? You’re likely to appear in quite a few photos and find strangers smiling and wanting a chat! OK the ride is somewhat bouncy, you are low down in a little car, and you won’t exactly hear a pin drop inside at full tilt with the windows open. You’ll also need to adapt your driving style to cope without power steering, ABS brakes or other modern safety aids. The heating is somewhat parsimonious, and for overnight starts from cold you’ll need to use the manual choke and possibly cope with some ‘exuberance’ when it’s on, and hesitations when it’s not quite set right, but that’s pretty easy to work out, and all part of the classic experience.
A key thing is one size doesn’t fit all. Although the seats aren’t saggy, it definitely won’t be as comfortable as modern cars. The big fixed steering wheel plus basic seat adjustment with cosy seat size means if you’re a little on the large side and/or long in the leg, you may struggle to fit comfortably or operate the controls safely, and folk over 6’2″ probably can’t fit at all. In other words, you’ll need to feel OK driving an older classic that can have a few foibles but that’s all part of the adventure. Overall, she’s pretty easy to drive with a reasonably light clutch – but you will need to be able to translate the miles per hour on the speedo into kilometers per hour, (we give you some visual aids on the dial).
Experience our 1972 MGB GT for yourself
What about safety and reliability?
Any car can have problems, and older cars probably have less to go wrong with them than their modern equivalents in the first place. “Didn’t miss a beat” has appeared many times in our happy customers comments. This one’s done thousands of kilometers of trouble free motoring, including a couple of 12 day 2000km+ South Island road trips, and has had just one failure to proceed due to a failed alternator in winter, which is also when the twin carbs can be more prone to getting out of balance. In the unlikely event of issues, you have roadside assistance included in your hire charge anyway.
Mainly original, the BGT has had several useful updates including to the seat belts, rear safety brake light, battery and cooling system. She’s regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for rental cars every 6 months. Please be aware though, that this is a 50+ year old car without ABS, traction control etc so the only real driver safety aid is you, the driver, and whilst good for its day, the car has nothing like the crash protection offered by modern cars. She’s very capable of keeping up with modern traffic and climbing big hills without losing speed though!
What condition is she in?
Pretty pampered. Whilst she’s not concours, she’s certainly not down at heel. Inside, the seats and door linings have been re-covered with period headrests added, the seats don’t sag, all the dials work and the dashboard still sports it’s fully covered speckled black metallic finish, setting off the original all working chrome rimmed dials. Outside, you’ll need sunnies in our typical Nelson weather to admire her paintwork and acres of chrome, including the exhaust tail pipe which sets it all off nicely.
How much luggage can fit?
A surprising amount – 1 large suitcase and 2 medium holdalls can be easily swallowed by the hatch and the rear bench seat can take more, but piling it up too much can eat into your rear vision. Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions but note she’s strictly a 2 seater.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
If the MG was made one year later in 1973, there would be some hard decisions to make…but it wasn’t, so there aren’t. 1972’s best driving tracks are:
- Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- Happy – Rolling Stones
Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
As an interesting aside, the B GT doesn’t have just one but two songs written in it’s honour – how many cars get to have that? Check out:
- MG BGT – Richard Thompson
- MG BGT – Peter Tork (ex The Monkees)
Check out the rest of our classic best road trip driving tracks here and put RentAClassic on your play list…
How fast will she go Mister?
Just like age, you never ask a lady her top speed, but you certainly feel like you’re shifting. She has no problem keeping up with modern cars, especially going up the hills, and you’ll be having a lot more fun then they will!
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“For people who like getting their fingernails dirty…..”
And the RentAClassic description?
“Characterful, charming and good clean fun……and that’s just our fingernails….”
What's important to you?
Different strokes for different folks….
Do you want sensible things like comfort, luggage space, affordability (OK….)….
or more indulgent stuff like luxury, handling and powwwwerrrrr (yeah)?!
We think all our cars are totally brilliant, but here’s how this MG compares to our other cars on some key rental criteria.
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