1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

1964 MGB Roadster – A Classic, Affordable Sports Car

It’s likely that Mike Mathison is seeing his 1964 MGB Roadster in better shape today than when it rolled off the show room floor. After countless hours of meticulously handcrafting body panels, numerous days of monotonous detail work, and laying down some gleaming red paint – Mike has been reunited with his beautiful MG Roadster.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

We met up with Mike just hours after he picked up his freshly revived MG from No Coast Custom and Rod Shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. It suffices to say his level of excitement was no further from a kid in a candy store.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

He originally acquired the car from a long-time family friend after it had been sitting for several years. Mike said he always knew it was something he needed to keep in the family.

When he brought the car home years ago, it had around 69,000 original miles and needed a bit of TLC. “I limped it home running on a single carburetor,” Mike said. Initially, he installed new springs, tuned it up a bit, and got it back on its own two legs again.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

The 1964 MGB Roadster was one of three variants. Its predecessors include the highly sought after GT and V8 models. The 4-cylinder Roadsters came with a twin carb 1798cc engine that produced around 95hp from the factory. That meant these two-seaters did just over 11 seconds in a 0-60mph time. Safe to say they were known for cornering and canyon runs than stop light stomps.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve


With a production span of 18 years, 1962 – 1980, and more than a half-million produced, the MGB crowns one of the most affordable best-selling sports cars ever made. It’s precisely why they are such a fan favorite among classic-car enthusiasts today. They are super fun to drive and easy to maintain.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

As time went on, Mike knew the tune-up and maintenance fixes weren’t doing it justice. So about four months ago he took it to No Coast Custom and Rod shop where they worked their magic.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

Unfortunately, the car had been poorly restored previously – the typical improper filler work and poorly executed patch panels, so No Coast stripped the entire body and completely reworked it.

Both rear quarter panels were handmade, they installed a new interior kit, the dash was re-textured, and powder coated to maintain that crackle finish. Lastly, they polished and refitted all trim along with the front and rear bumpers.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

Mike was even able to pick out his own custom mixed BASF Glasurit red paint that closely matched what MG called Damask red.

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

1964 MGB Roadster, Fuel Curve

Call it a keepsake, a memento, or even a symbol of gratitude. This little 1964 MGB Roadster is a token of Mike’s appreciation for long lost British innovation. He looks forward to having something extra special to hit the local shows with this year.

Jason Lubken is a well-versed freelancer based out of the Midwest. Whether it’s occasionally turning a wrench, or shooting his next feature, he’s been involved in the automotive industry for as long as he can remember. It’s safe to say that his affinity for storytelling has blossomed into his life’s mission – to share the talents of others in the best possible light he can. His off time usually consists of some kind of garage “therapy” and chasing after the sun.

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