October 3rd Update – while the original owner still has his 1980 MGB from when we first featured it two months ago, he has stayed firm on his $9,900 OBO price in his latest post. We’ve updated the link and unfortunately, no new pictures were posted on it. Good luck with the purchase!
We noticed this white over black 1980 MGB posted for sale on Craigslist in Auburn, New York where the original owner is currently asking $9,900 or the best offer for it. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the original owner has his MGB priced $3,000 above the #3 “Good” level of $6,900. We note that this 1980 is not a limited edition model that was the last of a long line of MGBs dating back to 1963.
By 1980, pollution and safety legislation had really taken its toll on the dated MGB. 1975 saw the launch of the “rubber bumper” editions loathed by purists. In order to meet the new U.S. mile 5 mph no damage law, These new bumpers (actually made out of urethane) added five inches to the overall length of the car and seventy pounds. This combined with one-inch ride height increase to meet U.S. headlight height restrictions had a noticeable detrimental effect on the MGB’s performance. The only thing keeping sale alive by this time was the fact that after 1976 it was one of only a hand full of new cars available as a factory convertible.
The owner’s description is very brief, stating only that in addition to being garage kept and not used during winters, his MGB received a recent tune and is his words is in “excellent mechanical condition.” He also states that his car features a newer top and upholstery.
While this may not be the most desirable MGB, we love the fact the original owner can tell you the entire story of his car from new. We say “backdate” this MGB with a chrome front and rear bumper kit, lower the ride height to European specifications, and really enjoy how pretty and great handling these cars can be. Good luck with the purchase!