1980 MG RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: £5000 - £8000

Sold: £6918

Designed in-house at MG with final styling by Farina, the new MG MGB was launched at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show. Its appeal was instant, offering a huge increase in interior space while having overall dimensions less than those of the MGA. Capacity was enlarged from 1,622cc to 1,798cc. via twin SU carburettors. It developed a respectable 94bhp at 5,400rpm and 1071b ft at 3,500rpm which, allied to a four speed gearbox, allowed the handsome new MG to achieve 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 105mph.

Universally acclaimed, the MGB was to become a symbol of the swinging Sixties. And as with all MGs, it was soon very active in competition. After an inauspicious two car entry at Sebring in 1963, an Abingdon works car won its class and finished 12th overall at Le Mans in the same year, courtesy of Paddy Hopkirk and Alan Hutcheson. The first major change came in September 1964 - a hardtop and overdrive had become options in January 1963 when the engine was revised with five rather than three main bearings and the previously optional oil cooler became standard. At the same time outputs rose to 95bhp at 5,250rpm and the already good torque to ll0lb ft at 3,000rpm.

On offer today, this particular example rolled off the production line in 1980 and is finished in red with a black interior. The car was originally registered in the UK and is now described by the vendor to be in better than new condition having benefited from a full restoration with photographic records by specialists Classic Autocraft. No component was left untouched including steering with all parts restored or replaced including panels. Keen-eyed enthusiasts will have noticed from the photographs that a great deal of trouble was taken to give the car the appearance of a much earlier MGB by replacing the bumpers with the much more desirable chrome fittings of the 60’s - a great improvement. The car has only covered a few shakedown miles on completion of this nut and bolt restoration which took over 1000 hours to complete and is one of the best examples we have seen. The car is completed with a custom car cover and a book detailing the restoration and comes with all taxes paid. It was sold by Coys in November 2006 and has been used sparingly since. High quality restored examples are certainly more expensive than this!

Reference Number 39594

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1980 MG Roadster
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