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For Sale: 1979 MG MGB in Lavergne, Tennessee

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Vehicle Description

You can't honestly say there are no more bargains in the automotive world when there are cars like this 1979 MGB running around. Two seats, a top that goes down, a fuel-injected small block engine, and an overdrive transmission all make it one of the biggest bangs for the buck anywhere.

1979 was the end of the line for the MGB in the US, but over the decades our appreciation for them has only grown. Cars like this clean burgundy roadster are a fantastic way to enjoy a traditional British sports car for little more than pocket change. You need one that's lived a good life like this example, which has probably never seen temperatures below about 40 degrees. For a British car, this MG is also quite well assembled, and you'll note that the doors fit well, the hood snugs down tightly, and there are no signs of botched body repairs in any of the panels. Everyone loves the MGB and this one looks like it should cost a lot more than it does.

Despite that small size, the cockpit is comfortable for most adults, and delivers the true British sports car experience. The bucket seats are wrapped in stock black vinyl that helps keep you cool on warm days and wears like iron. The new door panels are simple, the floors are covered in fresh black carpets with protective floor mats and the vinyl-clad dash is probably a lot easier to maintain than the old wood ones. Speaking of dashboards, the MGB also includes a full set of instruments with bold, simple faces and a traditional British look. MGs are not big on creature comforts, but who needs them when you can drop that top? The black canvas top can be raised and lowered from the driver's seat once you master the technique, and this car also offers a matching boot that gives it a tidy, finished look. There's even a reasonably-sized trunk with a beautiful MG carpeted mat in tow.

MGs were never about brute horsepower and carried scrappy little four cylinders from the factory. But that displacement wasn't enough for the owner of this little convertible, so he went about and had a fuel-injected 350 V8 installed in the engine bay instead. Tucked in there like it always belonged, the added horsepower and torque flings the MG into corners with ease, and honestly, this might be the most exciting car to drive in our showroom. It's also nicely detailed with chrome Chevrolet valve covers and an open element air cleaner that sits atop the Edelbrock intake manifold. Wrapped headers feed into a dual exhaust system that provides so much more rumble than anyone would ever expect to come from a little British roadster, and it will make you want to rev the throttle at every opportunity. A 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission was swapped in during the resto as well, and it spins a posi-traction rear end with billet steel gears. So yeah, you can stand on it when the light turns green. Despite the added weight of the new drivetrain, the MG still handles surprisingly well, and power front disc brakes bring the whole show to an abrupt stop. Oversized black Ruff Racing wheels set the stance nicely and they're wrapped in 225/45/17 blackwall radials.

Unique and incredibly fun, this MGB puts you into some very distinguished company all at a very affordable price. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1209409
  • Price:$18,995
  • Location:Lavergne, Tennessee
  • Year:1979
  • Make:MG
  • Model:MGB
  • Exterior Color:Burgundy
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:97438
  • Stock Number:1374-NSH
  • VIN:GHN5UL481171G