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Own a piece of automotive history. Last year of production for the MG.

Sale price: $3,551.00 make an offer
Last update: 05.06.2014

Seller's notes: "Car was undercoated when new and now lives in Los Angeles--No Rust!"
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: MG
Model: MGB
Year: 1980
Type: Convertible
Color: Black
Mileage: 39,521
Engine: 1.8L 1798CC l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
Transmission: 5-speed from Datsun Z
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: MK IV Convertible 2-Door
Interior Color: Tan
Vehicle Title: Clear
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  • Own a piece of automotive history.  Last year of production for the MG.
  • Own a piece of automotive history.  Last year of production for the MG.
  • Own a piece of automotive history.  Last year of production for the MG.
  • Own a piece of automotive history.  Last year of production for the MG.
  • Own a piece of automotive history.  Last year of production for the MG.

 Well. it's Summer--time to drop the top and cruise around town in a classic example of a true sports car.   1980 was the last year of production for the MGB. after more than 500. 00 were produced. The Limited Edition was an homage to the line--US dealers were shipped standard cars. and "add-on" kits for the Black models. with custom wheels. stripes. luggage rack. front spoiler and glove box badge.

I am the second owner of this car. having bought it from the original owner (who had it undercoated when new) in Kent. OH.   I drove it back from Cleveland to L. A. in late 2008. and it's been living in my garage ever since.   Alas. my girlfriend doesn't appreciate British engineering. so I now have a BMW Z3 for my weekend motoring along with my regular driver.   I need to free up garage space.

I had the car gone over and tweaked while in Cleveland. by Steve at Omni Specialties. a British car expert.   I spent $8. 00+ on the following:

>New SU carburetor--classic style. but larger throat for more power

>Stainless Steel exhaust system

>Replacement 5-speed transmission from Datsun 240/260/280 Z

>Cruise Control--this and the 5-speed make for more comfortable long distance trips

>New wheels--but they have the same LE look to them

>New convertible top--with premium acrylic fabric

>The seat "insides" were rebuilt--but they still have the original vinyl seat covers. then covered with sheepskin for cool seats on hot days

>The entire cockpit has insulating foil for more comfortable climate control

>Everything in the engine compartment was repainted. repaired or replaced while at Omni

>The emissions control equipment (pump. pipes. gulp valve) was removed--exempt in Ohio over 25 years old

The car was able to be registered in California by my previous mechanic. but he retired and my new mechanic can't get a passing California smog test without re-installing the EC equipment back on the car--it's not exempt in California.

So. I'm hoping that someone from out-of-state (with more lenient smog restrictions) will be able to buy this car.   Otherwise. I can find an MG mechanic who will re-install and get the car certified for $1400.   I would agree to pay half of this if I get my reserve for the car.

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