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- Seller: StreetsideDallas
- Phone: 855-877-2707
You can't honestly say there are no more bargains in the automotive world when there are cars like this 1979 MG MGB running around. Two seats, a top that goes down, a snarky 4-cylinder engine and a slick-shifting manual gear box all make it one of the biggest bangs for the buck anywhere. Better yet, this MGB appeals to enthusiasts as well, with an all-original survivor presentation and 78,230 actual miles acquired by only three owners since new.
1979-80 was the end of the line for the MGB in the US, but over the decades our appreciation for them has only grown. Cars like this clean survivor-grade burgundy roadster are a fantastic way to enjoy a traditional British sports car for little more than pocket change. You need one that's lived a good life like this example, which has probably never spent a night out in the elements, but rather in the warm embrace of a climate-controlled garage. What that means is no major problems hiding underneath, although the paint itself is starting to show some age (a professional buff job might just wake it up, though). The finish still has a very nice shine, and despite the minor imperfections it still fantastic when it's cruising down the road on a sunny day. For a British car, this MG is also quite well assembled, and you'll note that the doors fit well, the hood snugs down tightly, and there are no signs of botched body repairs in any of the panels. A trunk rack out back looks suitably sporty, and even with the US-spec rubber bumpers and raised suspension (required to bring the scope of the headlights up), this '79 model has a very streamlined look to it. Everyone loves the MGB and this one looks like it should cost a lot more than it does.
Despite that small size, the cockpit is comfortable for most adults, and delivers the true British sports car experience. The bucket seats are wrapped not long ago in newer textured tan upholstery that helps keep you cool on warm days and wears like iron. Matching door panels are simple, the floors are covered in plush tan carpets with protective black floor mats, while the vinyl-clad and padded dash is probably a lot easier to maintain than the old wood ones. Speaking of dashboards, the MGB also includes a full set of instruments with bold, simple faces and a traditional British look. MGs are not big on creature comforts, but it does carry a great-rounding Kenwood AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth radio that was added not long ago. The black vinyl top is in good shape and can be raised and lowered from the driver's seat once you master the technique, and this car also offers a matching boot that gives it a tidy, finished look. There's even a reasonably-sized trunk with a full-sized spare and jack assembly.
MGs were never about brute horsepower, and instead deliver a unique driving experience by virtue of a gutsy four-cylinder engine with a lot of heart. With just 1798cc's to work with, performance is still quite good given the car's light weight, and that's entirely the point. Dual carbs and signs of maintenance throughout give it easy road manners without losing any of the baritone soundtrack, which is further enhanced by the sing exhaust an chambered muffler underneath. Road manners were much improved in these later MGB models thanks to British Leyland's reintroduction of the standard rear anti-roll bar, so despite the factory 1-inch raised suspension and heavier bumpers, this little roadster handles wonderfully. Combined with the light-shifting 4-speed manual gearbox, it's a delight to run it up and down through the gears, and you can explore the limits of the car's capabilities without endangering everyone else. There's a certain visceral thrill in running this MGB hard, and it rewards with agility and a sporting exhaust note that's unmistakable. It's almost like hearing the Union Jack sing when you hear this little MGB bombing down the road with the taps wide open. Stock MG steel wheels look great and wear relatively large 185/65/14 blackwall radials with plenty of grip.
Sorted and turnkey ready, this survivor MGB puts you into some very distinguished company all at a very affordable price. Call today!