Still Out of Space: 1980 MG MGB Mk IV – SOLD!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 9th Update – when we first featured this low mileage, last-year-made MGB back in mid-February, the current caretaker mentioned he lost his storage space as the reason for selling his white-over-black MGB.  Fast forward three months and the new post makes no mention of the storage issue, only the increase in the asking price.  Good luck with the purchase!

After a seventeen-year production run started in 1962, ever-increasing emissions and safety regulations conspired with horrific British Leyland management decisions to make 1980 the final year for classic MG sports cars such as this white-over-black, 35,000 original mile example listed recently on Craigslist near Morristown, New Jersey.  The current caretaker reports they have lost their storage space and must now sell their ‘B with an asking price of $6,200.  A quick of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has their MGB priced $200 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,700.

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 sales 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.

This MGB appears to a nice low-mileage example in a clean condition that’s ready for you to take it on a no-excuses top-down cruise around two.  The two things we like about this example include the optional electric overdrive unit combined with the fact this isn’t a “Collector’s Edition” model.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1980 MGB, in great condition. New brakes, fuel pump, solenoid, 4 speed plus over drive. Everything functions as they should.  Ready to Enjoy.  Must sell losing space !

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