1979 MG B Roadster
With numerous buyouts and mergers, the MG moniker became
increasingly less funded, due to concentration of efforts to market
other models within the waning British Leyland Company. The MG MGB
sports car was the first new sports car for hundreds of thousands
of Americans and likely was owned by at least half a million
because it had second, third and even fourth owners. A good number
of MGB's are still around, mostly in restored condition.
A restored version with numerous panels and suspension parts
getting attention, we give you a visually very nice condition
example of the B from 1979. Everywhere one look at this car you see
no rust, and nice paint or finished interior surfaces. Save for the
large bumpers (which was the Brit's way of getting around the 5 MPH
law) and known as the phase 4 version, this car is a great little,
nice running, sports car.
Thinking of a British sports car in anything but green, one may
question the brown exterior color. However, a glance then a good
look at the fit and finish on this car will give one pause to
question this outdated thought of the green. Excellent paint, nice
bumpers, a clear chrome trim spear, and a nice black vinyl
convertible top. Unfortunately, there is invasive rust on the
rockers, and lower fenders on every corner. Original restored
chrome wire wheels are noted on all 4 corners.
With snappy exterior complimenting camel colored stitched reverse
3D vented style vinyl buckets flanking a small but very clean black
console housing the mini wood topped knob shifter, and a clean
little dash, the interior becomes very comfortable all be it tight
(but I'm reminded it is a sports car). An aftermarket
AM/FM/Cassette radio sits proudly in the center, and is bordered by
temperature control knobs, and a seat belt warning light. Standard
tach and speedo with water and fuel gauges front the original
steering wheel and sit in a field of Black textured vinyl...all
clean. Lastly, a note about the clean black pile carpeting and the
camel colored door panels, both very nice.
A pop of the bonnet and we are met with the 1800cc engine, a Weber
carbureted 4 popper, sitting in an original and clean engine bay.
This is backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox.
Giving the car a lift, we see POR-15 coated with some recent
patches of this material in darker black. A mostly rust-free
environment undercarriage save for a few steel parts that have
surface rusting. Frame, and suspension are solid, and as mentioned
we can see the invasive rust on the exterior panels working its way
into the unibody at the rocker areas. Independent coil spring
suspension up front and leaf springs on the rear, and front disc
and rear drum brakes tell the story.
Starts right up, a bit of a climb downward to get in, but good
acceleration, smooth ride and comfortable interior, especially the
seats. Stops quickly and safely with no pulling to one side.
If you have a hankering for an attack of a winding country back
road, with the top down, sun in your face, and wind in your hair
tool, then this nice example is probably beckoning. This well
dressed, classy British royal is a fine thing to look at and a fun
thing to drive. With some rust remediation, and you will be spit
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.