Paint or Polish: 1976 MG MGB Mk IV Roadster Project – $2,500

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

If you’re starting to get cabin fever and need a project to get you through to spring, this rust-free 1976 MGB roadster listed earlier this week here on Craigslist in Bridgeton, New Jersey for $2,500 makes a compelling alternative. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current caretaker has his ‘B priced $400 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $2,900.  If you are serious about buying this MGB, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller Gary here with your name and contact number.

What intrigued about this car is the current caretaker removed all of the trim, interior, and wiring to prepare the car for a full repaint.  However, it appears he’s either lost interest or has another burning project taking up his time.  While most cars would have at least enough surface rust to force a repaint, as the seller states it looks like you might have the option to polish the original paint as best as possible and go with the patina look. We lean towards that option as you also have the ability to thoroughly detail the car to show quality as you reassemble it.  What would you do and why? Comment below and let us know.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a no-rust MGB chassis and body. A great base to begin restoration to stock or V8 swap.
As it now stands all chrome, interior, and wiring have been removed for a quality paint job. You might wish to polish up the original vermillion red for the patina look that’s popular now, it is that nice.

The motor has been replaced with a 1978 “B” four cylinder, stock running with ~57k miles. Motor and 4-speed trans. were installed with new mounts.

The interior was saved and comes with the car, in boxes. Ditto the original wire harness, electrics, and hydraulics. They should all work when re-installed, or replace with new depending on your goal and budget.

Some more work has been completed since photos taken late summer. Arrange a visit to see just how solid a car this is, but it is an advanced project.

What path (paint or polish) would you take with this MGB?  Comment below and let us know!

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