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1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available

Sale price: $6,495.00 make an offer

Car location: Pelham, New Hampshire, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: mg
Model: MGB
Year: 1980
Type: convertible
Number of Doors: 2
Color: Black
Mileage: 41,600
Engine: 1800 cc
Transmission: manual
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: Limited Edition
Interior Color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car (2.5) based on 147 votes
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  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available
  • 1980 MGB LE 41K miles factory hard top available

I bought this 41K original mile car three years ago after it sat for 20+ years in a deceased Tennessee lawyer's garage. The car had the 1980 "85MPH" speedometer originally.  Those gauges have since been changed to the earlier "120MPH" gauges for aesthetic purposes. The closest in miles I could find in as good condition has 34. 63 miles on it but the actual mileage on this car is now about 41. 00. The picture below is of the original 85 MPH speedometer gauge as it came when I bought the car.


I have the dealer option factory hard top for this car and the eventual buyer will get first option to purchase the hard top for an additional $650. 00Some people like them. others don't. If the buyer does not want to buy it. it will be sold separately at a later date for those who have inquired.

The body and paint are excellent. There are a few scratches and small dings but overall looks fantastic when cleaned and waxed. It is after all 33 years old and was driven 41K miles at some point in it's former life. The rubber bumpers are good but the rear bumper has some noticeable scratches on it. I figured I would get to that after I had finished with everything else. The original soft top is in pretty good condition but the windows have slightly yellowed over the years and is missing one lift-a-dot fastener.

The Black interior cars are far more desirable on the Limited Editions. The interior is all original except for the gauge changes. stereo radio with Pioneer speakers and shift boot cover and is also in great shape with virtually no wear and no rips. The dashboard vinyl trim. steering wheel and plastics are all great. The pictures below taken recently show the 120 MPH speedometer and tachometer gauges. I replaced the analog clock with a matching Smith's volts gauge which is a more important dash gauge to have in my opinion.


All the locks on the car work. All the glass is original and in great shape. The glass in both doors goes up and down flawlessly. The temperature control knob under the radio does not work properly because the cable sheath has worn away. I noticed this when I changed the radio and a new cable is included but I have not had the time to install it. I have one full set of keys with all lock keys and one set with ignition and door lock key only.

I have tried to keep the engine bay looking as original as possible even after removing all the emission control devices. The radiator. water pump and upgraded Bosch 65 amp alternator are new. The Zenith Stromberg carburetor and water choke work perfect. One push of the gas pedal when cold sets the automatic choke. turn the key. listen for the electric fuel pump to stop clicking. turn the key to start and it starts right up with fast idle. Wait a few minutes. kick the pedal once or twice and the car goes to 950 RPM idle.  The engine runs strong and the 4 speed transmission shifts smooth as silk.


Yes. the untouched Lucas electrical system is perfect and everything works exactly as it should right down to that annoyingly sweet sound of the ignition key warning buzzer when you open the driver's door. I have renewed every bulb on this car except the headlights.

The trunk contains the full spare mounted on an LE wheel. a full cockpit tonneau cover that appears to have never been removed from its original cloth bag. a convertible top cover for when it's down. the tonneau rails and the original jack.

The car is in solid rust free condition except for some minor surface rust here and there underneath that you would expect on a 33 year old car. It was very well rust proofed when new. It was laid on pretty thick in some places under the car and not so thick in others.

The emissions system has been removed including the catalytic converter but still has the original welded MG exhaust from the stainless steel catalytic converter bypass pipe back and still has the original "MG" pinched muffler. resonator and tail pipe all in very good condition.

The car still has the 34 year old factory Uniroyal Rallye tires that are dry rotted. cracked and not safe to drive on. There is still plenty of tread left which I felt also backed up the original owners wife's claim that the car's mileage was true at 41K.

The car drives very nice with no rattles or noises even on 33 year old original tires. I wanted to replace the original 33 year old rubber suspension bushings with polyurethane ones that should last forever but have not had a chance to do so. They are also included in this listing as are other parts like new front and rear brakes and front wheel bearings because I could not see putting any 33 year old safety parts back on. Also have extra air and oil filters.


  My state does not issue titles on cars over 15 years old therefor it will be sold with a "Bill of Sale" and a copy of my current registration only. If this creates a problem in your state please do not buy it.

I have been asked about the emissions items that I have removed. Yes I still have all the emissions parts but the catalytic converter for the late 70's-81 Triumph's and MG's were expected to last 25K miles by the factory. Just by re-installing the catalytic converter from this car you would be putting one on that was already 15K miles past the recommended factory change. Those emissions parts will also be included if wanted.


 All the videos below were taken within the last 3 weeks

 I have to address this issue even though it is none of my business how you transport this car or any other car you may eventually purchase on Ebay. Having been asked repeatedly the same type of question.  sorry but I have no idea if you put new tires on this car if it will make an 1. 75 mile trip back to Oklahoma. Texas. Georgia or any other state where you may live. I can tell you I have driven this car well over 30 times mostly within a ten mile area of my neighborhood on nice curvy New Hampshire back roads with not a single problem. To me that's what British sports cars were made for. I have never taken it on long distances due to the original 33 year old tires.  When it's your car. it's absolutely your call though.
Thanks for looking and reading and enjoy your car search because "searching" by far it is the most fun part of buying any collector car. Finding the best car for the best price.  

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