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A car of character and charm for a real driving experience, proving that sports car hire is above all, fun! The MGB GT is an iconic car that is easy to drive, 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. Being both a fixed top and a hatchback it is surprisingly practical, you can play your digital media through the 1970s stereo and boy does that exhaust note sound good! 


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2nd - 5th Day
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6th - 9th Day
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Day 10 & over
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All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance for both islands, plus insurance excess reduction options. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 20% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….

Features and Specification

  • 1.8 litre Twin Carb
  • Manual 4 speed transmission with overdrive
Safety Rating: Not Available

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
Our genuine customer comments on driving this classic below....

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 won’t exactly hear a pin drop inside at full tilt with the windows open, and you’ll need to adapt your driving style to cope without power steering, ABS brakes or other modern aids.  Overall though, 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 for NZ.

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 12 day 2000km+ South Island road trip. 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 without ABS, traction control etc 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 though!

What condition is she in?

Pretty pampered. Whilst she’s not quite concours, she’s certainly not down at heel. Inside, the seats and door linings have been re-covered, 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)

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. Let’s just say whilst she’ll take a bit longer to keep up with modern equivalents at the legal limits, which she can quite happily do, you’ll have a lot more fun getting there. Just be prepared to satisfy her drinking habit unless you’re in overdrive most of the time!

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….”

Special Extras to make it extra special...

Satellite Navigation Hire

Satellite navigation unit hire is not available with this car due to lack of a cigarette lighter socket to power such.

Portable Speaker Hire

Beam your perfect cruising soundtracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.

Pack a picnic

Hire a picnic hamper with settings for 2 or 4, (minus food & drink), plus rug. $30 for 24 hours.

Ready to hire?

All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance for both islands, plus insurance excess reduction options. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 20% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….

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